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Dienhart: Gems litter the week's slate

 The Big Ten season is halfway over—and the best is yet to come in a conference race that remains in flux. More clarity may come this week, which shapes up as one of the best yet of the season. In particular, this is a big week for Michigan State and Indiana. And matchup-wise, I can’t wait for the battle between the Big Ten’s top freshmen: Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Cody Zeller. See my game rankings for this week’s action in this post. 1. Ohio State at Wisconsin, Saturday, Feb. 4. This is why we suffer through long, cold, dark

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

This shapes up as one of the best weeks of the season with several marquee matchups. The teams most on the spot? It’s Michigan State and Indiana, which each has two big games. The Spartans play host to Michigan and travel to Illinois; the Hoosiers have two on the road: Michigan and archrival Purdue. But don’t forget about surging Wisconsin, either. The Badgers, winners of five straight and one game out of the Big Ten lead, travel to Penn State and host first-place Ohio State. Get ready for the week ahead in this post. Game of the week: Ohio State

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten Coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to

Gus Johnson

All Access with BTN's Gus Johnson

BTN producers followed around popular broadcaster Gus Johnson during a recent trip to Chicago for Northwestern’s upset victory over Michigan State. From the time he got off the plane to the final whistle at Welsh-Ryan Arena, BTN cameras were there to offer a brief glimpse into the life of one of the nation’s busiest game-callers. Not only is the footage terrific, it’s informative. For example, did you know Gus has a locker room to use to get ready before the game, or that he prefers to steam his gameday attire in the shower? Watch Gus’ arrival into Chicago now and

Big Ten Geeks: Here Come the Badgers

Indiana was looking like they had turned a corner, building a small lead at the Kohl Center early in the second half. As has happened lately to Tom Crean’s bunch, things fell apart and Wisconsin picked up yet another B1G victory. Let’s look at how it happened. Indiana had defended well all game, and the Hoosiers held a five point lead with just over 14 minutes remaining. Down the stretch, however, Indiana’s defensive woes returned with a vengeance, as Wisconsin poured in 28 points over the final 14 minutes (spanning just 20 possessions) to pull out the victory. So what

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Dienhart's Daily Links for Friday

Here’s a quick look around what’s buzzing in the Big Ten while I marvel at Pat Sajak’s ability to work intoxicated. Who would have thought you could host “Wheel of Fortune” under those conditions? Guess the wheel wasn’t the only thing spinning those many years ago. Dive into my links for Friday Illinois It’s getting to be crunch-time in the Big Ten. And Mark Tupper of Decatur Herald-Review feels the same way. Which way is Illinois going to go? Read Big Ten reaching its breaking point. Indiana Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star chronicles the Hoosiers’ loss to the Badgers.

Reader Mailbag: Who's the Best Player?

It’s time to reach into the mailbag and answer your questions. Lots of variety with hoops in full swing, Signing Day on the horizon and the Super Bowl around the corner. Who do you have in the NCAA tourney right now? – Julie I talk to CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm each week, and as of Tuesday afternoon, he had nine Big Ten teams in: Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana. With the Boilermakers getting beat at home on Tuesday night by Michigan, I think Purdue is on the bubble or out. And I also

Tom Izzo Win 400

Izzo gets No. 400; No. 3 Ohio State blasts Penn State

No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don’t forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes. OHIO STATE

One-on-One: Penn State's Tim Frazier

Who’s the best player in the Big Ten? It’s a spirited debate. Many feel it’s Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. Others think Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the top talent. But what about Penn State guard Tim Frazier? That’s right: A player off of a last-place Big Ten team. Before you dismiss the notion, watch Frazier play—and look at his numbers. Neither lies. Frazier is No. 2 in the conference in scoring (18.0 ppg), No. 1 in assists (6.4), No. 2 in steals (2.3) and No. 1 in minutes (36.6). Bottom line: Few players can match the 6-1, 170-pound

Big Ten Geeks: Mackey No Longer Impenetrable

Michigan picked up its first road win of the season in a hard fought two-point victory over Purdue. This was a mild upset, as Vegas had the homestanding Boilermakers favored by five points and KenPom had Purdue by four. This outcome certainly changes the season outlook for both squads. The Wolverines led most of the way, and the advantage even touched double digits early in the second half. From there, Purdue responded with an amazing 17-3 run that spanned just seven possessions. The Boilers couldn’t miss over that five minute span, showing how dangerous this jump-shooting team can be when