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Big Ten Whiteboard: An early look at the Big Ten week ahead

Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney | Early look at B1G tourney bracket ] Game of the week: Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. It won’t get much better than this, as two Big

Here's what Big Ten tourney would look like if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip off March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View official tourney bracket | Check out latest B1G standings ] A month out, we decided it was a good time to start providing a weekly look at what the tournament would look like if the season ended today. No. 5 Iowa closed the latest week of conference play with a 77-65 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon; with the win, coupled with Penn State’s upset of Indiana on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes (10-1) are in sole possession

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the

Super Bowl 50: A Big Ten-centric look at the official rosters

Super Bowl 50 is just hours away. A total of 16 former Big Ten names will be playing for an NFL championship, not including former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, as NFC champ Carolina faces AFC champ Denver at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ten of the Big Ten’s 14 schools have at least one representative in Super Bowl 50, headlined by Ohio State, which features a nation’s best five players (4 Carolina; 1 Denver). Don’t have a horse in the race? For what it’s worth, Denver has nine former Big Ten stars, compared to Carolina’s seven. Check out

Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released Saturday night, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and two of the eight inductees are Big Ten personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, who played and coached in the NFL, and ex-Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace, the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the inventor of the pancake block, were selected for enshrinement along with a group headlined by Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison. Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super

Wrestling: No. 1 Penn State defeats Ohio State on BTN

Big Ten wrestling fans got to see an outstanding wrestling match Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Big Ten Network. Top-ranked Penn State defeated No. 3 and reigning national champ Ohio State, 24-14, in front of the second-largest crowd (15,983) in Penn State history. The Nittany Lions improved to 13-0, including 8-0 in the Big Ten, with the win. No. 1-ranked Nathan Tomasello opened the dual with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Nico Megaludis at 125, giving Ohio State an early advantage. Tomasello improved to 16-0 with the victory. Check out that dual in the video

Whose recruiting fortunes rose/fell most from 2015 to 2016?

Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15

Shane Sparks previews Penn State-Ohio State on BTN tonight

BTN's Shane Sparks is more than ready for Friday's nights main wrestling event. When the Big Ten wrestling schedule came out, this was the match he circled on the calendars as Penn Satte expects 16,000 fans to come see No. 1 Penn State hosts reigning national champion Ohio State. It airs live on BTN at 6 p.m. ET.

Mailbag: IU's schedule, tourney projections & POY thoughts

Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.