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Big Ten Survey: Most pleasant men's hoops surprise so far is ...

We are one month into the college basketball season, and conference play is just around the corner. Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland look to be a cut-above the rest of the Big Ten pack. But which Big Ten hoops team has been the most pleasant surprise so far? I asked some writers who cover the league for their opinion. Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com: I’d have to say Northwestern. 9-1 with the only loss to North Carolina. There’s a chance the Wildcats break their NCAA tournament streak this year. Doug Bucshon, OrangeandBlueNews.com: Northwestern. Coming off of a 10th place finish in the B1G a

Bubble soccer & laser tag! Wildcats players enjoy a day off

With no practice scheduled this past Tuesday, the Northwestern football team probably had way more fun than you did. The proof is in this video. Team staff called in a video game truck, laser tag, and bubble soccer. Watch the intensity of the players in the bubble soccer game. It reminds us of another fun event Northwestern held for their players earlier this season, Anyone remember the Halloween costumes? Pat Fitzgerald and the players got together to plan a surprise on the assistant coaches for that Friday’s bye week practice. Coach Fitzgerald and the team dressed in Halloween costumes for

BTN to provide extensive coverage from Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl

BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24. Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to

Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.

Photos: Take a look at Big Ten football uniforms debuted in 2015

The Big Ten introduced/reintroduced several alternate uniform designs during the 2015 football season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Several of the designs were of the new-school variety (Indiana helmets, Minnesota going all gray or Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State going all-black), while others were nods to history (Northwestern’s Rose Bowl throwback and Michigan’s all-white road uniform). Here’s a look at my top 5 2015 Big Ten designs (Yes, I’m a

Watch NU holder Christian Salem's 'On Hold' premiere

Holders are an interesting breed. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Football fans rarely, if ever, notice the holder unless he has made a mistake on an extra point or a field goal attempt, usually resulting in a failed kick or an embarrassing failed attempt to reach the end zone/first-down line. Minnesota holder and punter Peter Mortell has done his best to bring attention to the position, the best example coming in this fantastic tweet that yielded more than 13,000 retweets and 17,000 likes. Northwestern holder Christian Salem is doing his part, too.

Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my picks for those players: Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. The senior is No. 1 in the