Five fun facts heading into Week 12 of the Big Ten season

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Deonte Gibson joins BTN Live

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Survive and advance was the theme last weekend in Big Ten play. Michigan State lost Connor Cook to injury and proceeded to have a season-low 262 total yards of offense in a win against Maryland. Iowa escaped with a five-point victory against a pesky Minnesota squad. Northwestern needed a late touchdown by Justin Jackson, his first in two months, to beat Purdue by a touchdown. And Michigan needed a fourth down stop at the Hoosiers 2-yard line to squeak out an overtime triumph at Indiana.

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Volleyball Report: Big Ten teams on the NCAA Tourney bubble

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The Wolverines’ first win in program history in Rec Hall over No. 4 Penn State was not just a school first, but a huge addition to Michigan’s tournament resume. With back-to-back wins over ranked teams including a Top 5 victory, Michigan’s hopes for a postseason berth seem considerably different than a week ago. Mark Rosen’s team had lost four straight matches and did not have a marquee win on the season. Now the Wolverines will see their RPI rise and have a chance to earn a .500-or-better record in the conference if they can win two of their final three.

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Best of Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan State tops one big slate

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Relive recent history between Spartans, Buckeyes

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It’s almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.

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