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BTN's Sparks: Nolf vs. Martinez review & weekend wrestling preview

This past weekend I was reminded that anything can happen on the wrestling mat. Everybody is beatable. Every single match has its own set of circumstances in comparison to the one before it. As I have noted before, winning a single match at this level is difficult. One match last week at 157 pounds was a battle of unbeatens and it became the talk of the wrestling world: Reigning national champion and top ranked Isaiah Martinez of Illinois vs. Penn State’s Jason Nolf (No.3). That match had been analyzed and talked about for countless hours by wrestling media and fans

Video flashback: Amazing moments in recent Big Ten shoe history

Of course it wasn’t the first time an athlete lost a shoe during a game. And it certainly won’t be the last time. But when Purdue’s A.J. Hammons lost is shoe on the offensive end of the court, then pulled down a defensive rebound while hold that same shoe in his hands … well, that’s a moment. “I was glad I got the rebound. My foot was slipping,” Hammons told the Lafayette Courier-Journal after the game. He thought about throwing it to the side but told reporters he wanted to get back. What did Coach Matt Painter say to him

Journey 100 Q&A: Author & former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus

The 100th episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. To help celebrate the milestone episode of our award-winning series, BTN.com caught up with Mark Titus, arguably the Big Ten's most popular benchwarmer of all time, a compelling "Journey" subject in 2010, and now an author. Among other things, Titus discussed his time at Ohio State, his moment on the show, and why he wore No. 34. "I was basically the Shaq of suburban Indianapolis youth rec league basketball," Titus said.

Twitter: OSU's Braxton Miller impresses at Senior Bowl practice

Braxton Miller had his moments in his one and only season as an Ohio State wide receiver. But, for the most part, the two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year’s number wasn’t called all that often. He finished the season with 26 receptions, 341 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 260 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fast forward to Senior Bowl practice this week in Mobile, Alabama, and Miller is making quite the impression. The quarterback-turned-receiver is showing he can run routes, get separation and make catches. Miller will play in the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl

Journey 100: Journey All-Stars Part 1

Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. We’re posting Part One here and Part Two is here. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of “The Journey” – this season and past – is available on BTN2Go,

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State take care of Penn State, 66-46

(AP) Ohio State coach Thad Matta pushed a couple of buttons to help the Buckeyes beat Penn State 66-46 on Monday night and snap a two-game losing streak. The first came two days before the game, when he sat down Keita Bates-Diop to talk about a scoreless performance against Purdue his last time out. “I told him ‘I need you to be more aggressive,'” Matta said. The sophomore forward took the message to heart and responded with a game-high 22 points against the Nittany Lions. “When he said that, I didn’t want to let him down, come out and do

Power Rankings: Indiana rises to No. 2 in Jon Crispin's latest list

Every week, we put out my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it often brings forth a variety of emotions from Big Ten fan bases. Some think their team is too high, some think their team is too low, and the rest just seem to think I’m clueless. Truth is, you all may be right to some extent. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ]

Sixteen former Big Ten stars on Super Bowl 50 teams

The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super

Ranking the games: It's all about Iowa at Maryland on Thursday

Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game

Big Ten Whiteboard: Time to look forward to Iowa at Maryland

The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to