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Dienhart: A sneak peek at 2014-15 Big Ten hoops

The 2013-14 season was punctuated with UConn’s win over Kentucky in the national championship game Monday night. Deep breath … exhale. That means it’s time to turn the page toward the 2014-15 season. Yes, already. How will the Big Ten look? Not too bad. Take a peek. Illinois 20-15 overall; 7-11 Big Ten Key personnel back: G Tracy Abrams; F/C Nnanna Egwu; G Malcolm Hill; G Kendrick Nunn; G Rayvonte Rice; G Jaylon Tate Key losses: G Joseph Bertrand; F Jon Ekey Key newcomers: F Leron Black; G Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall transfer); F Michael Finke; F Darius Paul (Western Michigan transfer);

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Last week, the University of Illinois announced that astronaut Mike Hopkins will deliver the commencement address on May 17. The University of Nebraska Medical Center hosted a team of Russian scientists recently. A professor at Michigan State is nationally known for his potato research. Yesterday, the annual FestiFools parade hit the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich. Find out more about this collection of “magnificent, huge, bizarre and politically incorrect” art on their website.  

BTN LiveBIG: John Wooden's Legacy of Leadership

As the Final Four captivates America’s collective attention this weekend, one name will once again come to the forefront of college basketball: John Wooden. Wooden was not only the most successful college coach of all time, but the impact he left on his players has served as the benchmark for integrity and excellence for generations that have come in his wake. At the heart of Wooden’s teaching was his legendary “Pyramid of Success.” Leadership was one of the central tenants that made Wooden’s teams at UCLA so dominant. When he passed away in 2010, he left behind an unparalleled impact

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Stadium Journey ranks Crisler top Big Ten arena

The website recently released a list, ranking the best college basketball arenas across the nation. The rankings are based on several categories, which include: food and beverage in the arena, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras. [ MORE: Best sights and sounds from Final Four Media Day ] The highest-ranked Big Ten arena on the list is Michigan’s Crisler Center, which comes in at No. 7 overall. “It wasn’t

Jared Sullinger

Merriman: Ranking Big Ten's McDonald's All-Americans

The 37th annual McDonald’s High School All-American game is set to take place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET at the United Center. The game will feature three future Big Ten players in James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland), all of who will play for the East Team. The McDonald’s All-American game is known as being the most prestigious high school all-star game around, bringing together the top prep players in the nation for one night of exciting hoops action. There is a long list of former Big Ten standouts who have participated in this

Vote for the best BTN Big 10K race shirt

There’s still time to enter the BTN Big 10K event in Chicago on Saturday, July 26. You can do that right here. Here’s what else you can do: Vote for your favorite BTN Big 10K school-themed race shirt. When you sign up, you can choose a unique, school-specific technical T-shirt inspired by the football jerseys of your favorite Big Ten team. Use the poll below to vote for your favorite look. We’re determining votes by hashtag. If you use a hashtag on Twitter or post any of the 14 hashtags on the BTN Big 10K Facebook page, we’ll count that

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To encourage students to engage with science in their daily lives, there was a public demonstration on campus at the University of Iowa recently. Professors at Purdue recently launched an innovative renewable energy company. This year’s recipients of the prestigious Siehl Prize in Agriculture were recently announced by the University of Minnesota’s College of Food. On April 11, the University of Nebraska’s Behlen Observatory will be open to the public. Penn State 2013 Philanthropists of the Year Tracy and Ted McCourtney endowed the Penn State Institute for Democracy with a significant gift. Congratulations to Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers for advancing to the

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March is National Child Life Month. The Child Life team at Iowa Children’s Hospital was recently featured. Ohio State’s 36th annual African American Heritage Festival ends on Friday, March 21-28. Wisconsin recently launched a brand new Discovery-to-Product initiative.  Michigan State student and former Marine sniper Logan Stark has begun a biking project for fellow veterans in East Lansing The fifth annual Illini Jock Jams event was a huge success, raising nearly $11,000 for for three charities. Finally, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is a wonderful organization. Learn how you can help them here. What’s your story and how have

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Dienhart: 21 things I didn't expect in 2013-14

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would

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Dienhart: Big Ten and NCAA tourney ... A-Z

The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] A is for Adreian Payne. The Michigan State big fella needs to play like a lottery pick if the Spartans want to cut down the nets. Few players possess his combination of inside-outside