This is a good place to start Thursday links. USAToday has a Playoff Projection it conducts each week, with media panelists from across the nation taking part in selecting a mock playoff field. And, this week, it has Baylor as the No. 3 seed ahead of Ohio State.
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The Big Ten went a perfect 3-0 Wednesday in men’s hoops action. Purdue kicked off the night with a 83-55 victory over Eastern Illinois, while Ohio State followed with a 63-52 win over American University. Northwestern topped UIC, 93-58 in the nightcap.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners.
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The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups.
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Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013″ presented by Best Buy we learn how Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard went from unknown recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best defensive players. We also track how Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has quickly learned the intricacies of Bill O’Brien’s system, and how Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant has remained a contributor despite being sidelined by injury. The show airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Victor Oladipo and Rodney Williams have moved on, but don’t think for a second that the Big Ten is lacking on highlight-reel dunkers. Sam Thompson is back, after all, as is Glenn Robinson III. Also, there’s plenty of new blood delighting Big Ten fans high above the rim. See Stephen Bardo’s top 5 dunkers in this post.