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Dienhart's Daily Links for Friday

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Sam Maniscalco - One-on-One

Here’s a quick look around what’s buzzing in the Big Ten while I marvel at Pat Sajak’s ability to work intoxicated. Who would have thought you could host “Wheel of Fortune” under those conditions? Guess the wheel wasn’t the only thing spinning those many years ago. Dive into my links for Friday

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Izzo gets No. 400; No. 3 Ohio State blasts Penn State

Tom Izzo Win 400

Tom Izzo 400th Career Win

No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don’t forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes.

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Craft, Welch hit halfcourters...on alley-oop attempts

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft 3-Pointer on Alley-Oop Attempt

Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post.

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Vote: Thompson's best in-bound alley-oop

Ohio State's Sam Thompson

Aaron Craft Inbound to Sam Thompson for a Dunk

Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.

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One-on-One: ESPN's Stephen Bardo on Big Ten

The Big Ten race is starting to firm up—at least a little bit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin look like they may be the best teams in the league. But it’s too early to count out Indiana and Illinois. It’s gonna be a fun title chase to watch unfold.

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