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Winners and losers of Big Ten hoops' unbalanced schedule

Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise

Power Rankings: Maryland enters Big Ten play in No. 1 spot

The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot. Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.

Merry Christmas! Here's one Big Ten football fact for every bowl

Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.

Top plays from Wednesday's Big Ten basketball games

Six Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action on Wednesday night, highlighted by two games on BTN. Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin added 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of Bryant in the first game of the evening. Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and interim head coach Greg Gard picked up his first career win as Wisconsin topped Green Bay, 84-79. In other Big Ten action: Illinois got by Missouri, 68-63, Rutgers cruised by Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64, Minnesota fell to Milwaukee, 74-65, and Penn State topped Kent

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Penn State's 2015 season

Penn State remains a work in progress, but James Franklin continues to make progress in his second season. He has the program in a bowl for a second season in a row. But personnel shortcomings are apparent as the effects of probation are still being felt from a depth standpoint. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The offensive line remains an issue, as the front is unable to get a consistent

How to watch the Midlands Championships live on TV & online

Both days of the 53rd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern will be available live and for free beginning Tuesday morning and running through Wednesday night. In this post, learn how to watch two days of non-stop wrestling competition live featuring many of the nation’s top-ranked wrestling teams and individuals on BTN and BTN2Go. Tuesday’s first session starts at 10:30 a.m. ET, and the second sessions begin at 8 p.m. Here’s one link to the page for all eight mat cameras on Tuesday. We have also added individual links to each mat during both sessions at the body of this page.

Ten former Big Ten players make 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Ten former Big Ten players, not including ex-Nebraska punter Sam Koch (2001-05), were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, it was announced Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, who recently announced he will retire at season’s end, will make his ninth Pro Bowl appearance to highlight the Big Ten names. Wisconsin paces the conference with four players, including all-world defensive end J.J. Watt and white-hot quarterback Russell Wilson. The Pro Bowl is at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. See

Top plays from Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball action

We had a loaded slate of men’s basketball games on Tuesday as seven Big Ten teams were in action. [ MORE: Catch up on Big Ten scores with our college basketball scoreboard ] Indiana got things started with an impressive 99-72 victory over Kennesaw St. on BTN. Michigan State followed with a 99-93 win over Oakland in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 13-0, which marks the best start in program history. Purdue topped Vanderbilt, 68-55, in the second game on BTN. In other action: Nebraska topped Prairie View A&M, 81-50, Iowa cruised by Tennessee Tech, 85-63, Ohio