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Get Jon Crispin & Jess Settles' Big Ten non-conference wrap

With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of

Winners and losers of Big Ten hoops' unbalanced schedule

Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise

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

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.

#BTNStandout: 5-foot-9 A.J. Harris gets big block in transition

Ohio State true freshman A.J. Harris is almost always the shortest guy on the floor. At 5-foot-9, so is the life of a Division I men’s basketball player. Height doesn’t mean everything, though, and Harris showed just that with his highlight rejection late in the first half of Ohio State’s 73-57 victory over South Carolina State on Sunday night. Best part: Harris’ block of Eric Eaves (6-foot-3) in transition marked his first career rejection. Probably the first of many, if this is any indication. Watch the highlight block in the video above or below. *** There were a lot of

Maryland, Ohio State, Northwestern card victories

Three Big Ten men’s basketball teams closed out their non-conference seasons Sunday on BTN, and all three recorded double-digit victories. No. 4 Maryland started the festivities by taking down Marshall, 87-67, Ohio State followed with a 73-57 win over South Carolina State, and Northwestern finished the night with a 74-59 comeback win vs. Loyola Maryland. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Big Ten conference play tips off Tuesday night, with Wisconsin hosting No. 13 Purdue and Iowa entertaining No. 1 Michigan State. Get video highlights and final scores from Sunday’s action below. MARYLAND

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

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.

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State has 'LASER' focus on educational opportunities for Latinos

To inspire his work in providing educational opportunities to young Latinos, Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama doesn’t need to look any further than to the memory of his late mother. “My mother dedicated her life to educating the Latino community in [California’s] Central Valley,” Aldama said. “So, it’s in my blood and spirit.” Aldama is the founder and director of The Ohio State University’s Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research, or LASER. Founded in 2009, LASER is a comprehensive program that takes a two-part approach to education both for and about Latinos and Latin culture. As a first