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Dienhart: Early, early look at 2017-18 Big Ten Power Rankings

The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.

Dienhart: Big Ten silencing critics in NCAA tournament

Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.

Best of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament

Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.

Game 4 recap: Freshmen help Michigan State rout Penn State

Michigan State arrived in Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tourney meaning business after an inconsistent regular season. And the No. 5 Spartans delivered with a workmanlike defeat of No. 13 Penn State, drilling the Nittany Lions 78-51.

Big Ten All-Parent First Team: Kim Pinder-Garner

Kim Pinder-Garner is junior Shep Garner’s mom, and she’s a fixture behind the bench at nearly every Penn State game. If you see a woman in customized Nittany Lions T-shirts leading “We Are!” chants, shouting nicknames for each player and keeping referees on their toes, it’s definitely Kim.