BTN's Shane Sparks previews Midlands; tourney live on BTN2Go

The Holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends reflecting on the past year, with hope and excitement for the upcoming year and of course…..WRESTLING!! This upcoming week is one of the best weeks on the college wrestling mats. It begins with the 53rd annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

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Power Rankings: Maryland enters Big Ten play in No. 1 spot

Dec 27, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins center Diamond Stone (33) looks on in the first half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

You see this Diamond Stone bucket?

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The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot.

Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.

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Maryland, Ohio State, Northwestern card victories

Dec 27, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; South Carolina State Bulldogs guard Gabe McCray (0) drives past Ohio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Keita Bates-Diop nails five first-half triples

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Three Big Ten men’s basketball teams closed out their non-conference seasons Sunday on BTN, and all three recorded double-digit victories.

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Merry Christmas! Here's one Big Ten football fact for every bowl

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Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.

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