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Who sits atop Dienhart's Weekly Top 20?

The great debate of 2011-12 has only heated up: Who is the best men’s basketball player in the Big Ten? It looks like a case can be made by and for several players. Is it Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger? Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Penn State’s Tim Frazier? Here’s a look at my latest weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s top 20 players. It’s my way of gauging the talent (see my previous rankings), and there’s a poll at the bottom of this post with my top 10 and an open invitation for you to vote your No. 1 guy. 1.

Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. The latest national polls are out, as well. Where does your team land? And check out all of the Big Ten statistical leaders. 1. Ohio State (17-3, 5-2) – The Buckeyes have

Dienhart: Will any game top Michigan-Ohio State?

Not all games are created equally. Here’s a ranking of this week’s nine Big Ten games, from 1 to 9. Plan accordingly. 1. Michigan at Ohio State, Sunday. This one is for power at the top of the standings. The Buckeyes look primed to emerge as the league’s top team. Are the Wolverines ready to win a road game like this? 2. Indiana at Wisconsin, Thursday. Two teams seemingly going in opposite directions. The Badgers have lost twice at home this year but are now the hottest team in the Big Ten with a four-game winning streak. 3. Michigan at

Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Can you see it? I can. It’s stratification in this crazy Big Ten title chase. Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan sit atop the standings with 5-2 league marks. Right behind that trio are Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue with three conference defeats. But discounting the standings, I think the Buckeyes, Spartans and Badgers are about to pull from the pack and emerge as the three top teams in the league. The next tier of teams is Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Purdue. And I think the third tier includes Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska and Penn State. But, as we all know,

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

Big Ten Geeks: Gophers Bounce Back

After the injury to Trevor Mbakwe, I fully expected this to be somewhat of a “what if?” season for the Gophers. And that certainly appeared to be the case through four conference games, as Minnesota stumbled to a 0-4 start in the Big Ten. But Tubby Smith’s team has responded by winning three straight games, most recently in a stomping of Northwestern at The Barn. And although Minnesota had dropped some close games over its losing streak, the turnaround isn’t simply a matter of fortunate ball bounces:    Minnesota Points Per Possession       Opponents’ Points Per Possession    1st

Buckeyes, Spartans win; Wolverines fall

 Ohio State beat Nebraska 79-45 on Saturday night. In the other games, Michigan lost at Arkansas while Michigan State used its efficient offense to power past Purdue 83-58 on Saturday in East Lansing. Michigan State (16-4) shot 60 percent from the field (30-of-50). Draymond Green picked up the Spartans with eight points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. We put in-game updates and other links in this post. Ohio State 79, Nebraska 45: BOX | PREVIEW | RECAP | SCOREBOARD | @BTN_Ohio_State & @BTN_Nebraska FINAL: No. 6 Ohio State used stingy defense to defeat Nebraska 79-45 on Saturday at Bob Devaney

Dienhart: This Wild Basketball Ride Continues

While I wait for some Big Ten team – any Big Ten team – to take charge of this way-crazy, makes-no-sense Big Ten race, it’s time for this week’s 3-pointers from a cornfield somewhere outside Decatur, Illinois, on I-72. Check out my latest mailbag and drop me a note, read my Q&A with Ohio State’s William Buford, and let me know what you think of the season so far in the comments box at the and of this column. I also plan to attend and cover Wisconsin at Illinois on Sunday, and who knows how that one could go? Three

Big Ten Geeks: Beilein Ball

Michigan and Michigan State played a highly entertaining game that lived up to advance billing, with the Wolverines prevailing by the slimmest of margins. This result flew in the face of the conventional wisdom that Michigan can’t win when its threes aren’t falling, as John Beilein’s team scored quite well despite shooting 29 percent from deep. As it usually does with a Beilein offense, the answer lied in a high conversion rate on twos and a low turnover rate. Over the past 10 seasons, stretching back to his time at West Virginia, Beilein’s teams have been at their best when

Michigan denies MSU; Purdue drops Iowa

No. 18 Michigan beat No. 9 Michigan State for the third consecutive time (recap) and Purdue held off Iowa (recap) in men’s hoops action Tuesday night. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard, plus get stats, recaps and in-game tweets in this post. Did you see the exciting final possession in the Wolverines-Spartans game? Watch the final 31.4 seconds and check out all of our popular highlight clips in our Did You See This? archive. MICHIGAN 60, MICHIGAN STATE 59: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD FINAL: Stu Douglass hit the game-winning shot with 33 seconds remaining