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Ranking the best new Big Ten football names

One of my favorite parts of National Signing Day is checking each school’s class for the best names. Per usual, the Big Ten’s 2014 signing class is littered with fantastic names. From Illinois’ Tito Odenigbo to Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, check out my top 14 (that’s how many schools we have now) new Big Ten names. Did I miss one? Submit it in the comment box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Track all of today’s Big Ten football signings ] TOP 14 Names 1. Bearooz Yacoobi, OT, Purdue 2. Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, Nebraska 3. Cameron Queiro, LB, Northwestern

Mark Dantonio

Read these 10 Big Ten stories today

Oh, yes: It’s National Signing Day! It’s a de facto national holiday for many in America. You know who you are. But, hey, who am I to judge? I still eat Fruity Peebles. This day is all about that guy in your office who hits the “refresh” button every nanosecond on his computer to get the latest round of official commitments. Please, don’t rat him out to the boss. Here is a handy-dandy place to keep up with the Big Ten signings. And here’s another good place to keep checking today: Enjoy the day! And remember: Everyone is a winner

Robert Mayer

Track today's Big Ten football signings here

National Signing Day is here. All day long, keep up with all of the Big Ten’s latest football signings in this post. Simply click on a school’s link to visit its live Signing Day coverage. And, at 4 p.m. ET, don’t forget about our 90-minute “Signing Day Special” on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: View all of our 2014 Signing Day coverage ] Signing Day Coverage Illinois: FightingIllini.com Indiana: IUHoosiers.com Iowa: HawkeyeSports.com Maryland: UMTerps.com Michigan State: MSUSpartans.com Michigan: MGoBlue.com Minnesota: GopherSports.com Nebraska: Huskers.com Northwestern: NUSports.com Ohio State: OhioStateBuckeyes.com Penn State: GoPSUSports.com Purdue: PurdueSports.com Rutgers: ScarletKnights.com Wisconsin: UWBadgers.com [ MORE: We rank the

Aaron Craft

B1G Recap: Badgers, Buckeyes tally road victories

There were a pair of Big Ten games Tuesday night, and it was the road teams taking both contests. No. 24 Wisconsin defeated struggling Illinois, 75-63, and No. 25 Ohio State upset No. 13 Iowa, 76-69. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post., [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] OHIO STATE 76, IOWA 69 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Aaron Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa 76-69 on Tuesday night for its third win in

Amir Williams

Video: Amir Williams channels inner Sam Thompson

Big Ten fans are very familiar with Sam Thompson soaring into the air for a highlight-reel inbound alley-oop. After all, the Ohio State junior has done it countless times over the course of his career. In Tuesday night’s win at No. 13 Iowa, however, it was Amir Williams channeling his inner Sam Thompson. Watch Williams elevate for the alley-oop in this post. [ MORE: Watch all of the top 2013-14 Big Ten dunks ] INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops just had an inbound alley-oop. Sam Thompson, right? Nope. WATCH – http://t.co/WwWDRn7kIu — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) February 5, 2014

Mike Gesell

Ranking games: Two Iowa tests top the list

We begin to head down the backstretch of the season, as my friends at Big Ten Geeks pointed out earlier this week. If you are like me, getting a clean read on the season makes you as confused as ever. But, don’t worry. Things will begin to crystallize … I think. Here’s my ranking of this week’s men’s basketball games. 1. Michigan at Iowa, Sat., Feb. 8. This is the game of week, ladies and gentlemen. The Wolverines sit atop the Big Ten along with Michigan State, as each has one loss. The Hawkeyes have three losses. A defeat will

Gary Harris

Big Ten Geeks: Halfway Home

We’re now at the official halfway point of the conference season, so it seems an appropriate time to glance at player stats. We’ve already thrown around some Big Ten POY discussion, but we have enough data now that we can start to look a little deeper. Courtesy of statsheet.com, the following table contains the conference-only numbers for players that meet the following criteria: minute percentage above 60 percent, possession percentage above 22 percent, offensive rating above 100. These are the best of the best, the efficient possession-consumers, at least during the first half of Big Ten play. Player Poss% Ortg

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B1G women's hoops recap: Michigan State tops Purdue

Super Bowl Sunday featured a quartet of Big Ten women’s basketball games. Two of the games included ranked foes, as Michigan State upset No. 19 Purdue, 89-73, and No. 12 Penn State topped Northwestern, 79-75. In other action, Indiana cruised by Illinois 77-58, and Wisconsin got the best of Ohio State, 82-71. Catch up on all the action in this post. MICHIGAN STATE 89, PURDUE 73| RECAP (AP) Aerial Powers had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Michigan State past No. 19 Purdue 89-73 on Sunday. The Spartans (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) opened the second half on

Amedeo Della Valle

How about these wild Big Ten finishes?

Both of the Big Ten’s early Saturday games came down to the wire and were won by the visitor by one point following last-second misses from the home team. In the first game, Sam Dekker missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in No. 13 Wisconsin’s loss vs. No. 23 Ohio State. Then, Minnesota had a couple chances to win it at the buzzer in its loss vs. Northwestern. Watch the finishes in this post. VIDEO: How about those @NUMensBball & @OhioStateHoops finishes today?! We've paired both in one video clip. WATCH – http://t.co/Pjy87w5pBj — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork)

Shannon Scott

Video: Shannon Scott goes 5-hole on Frank Kaminsky

No doubt about it, Shannon Scott has struggled during Ohio State’s recent Big Ten slide. The junior guard came off the bench for the first time this season Saturday at Wisconsin, and he just so happened to help lead the Buckeyes to a 59-58 road win. Oh, and he also tallied one of the best assists you’ll see all season. Let’s just say, Scott caught Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky by surprise on his dime to Trey McDonald. Watch the highlight pass in this post. VIDEO: #B1G assist of the year? Shannon Scott goes 5-hole, Trey McDonald throws it down. WATCH –