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Red, White & Blue: Fun for your Fourth of July

Ryan Field

Iowa Fans Display Their "Cards"

We’re feeling a little patriotic here at BTN.com. Not only is Wednesday the Fourth of July, but 2012 is an election year. So as you’re probably decked out in your favorite Red, White and Blue ensemble, we thought it would be a good time to ask you to hit the voting booth early. Dive inside this post and cast your vote in our 12 polls for 2012. All are Big Ten-centric, of course. Vote away, and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth.

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Former Boiler Plawecki hits clutch pro home run

Kevin Plawecki

Kevin Plawecki Home Run

Former Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki is no stranger to hitting clutch home runs. It was only a little more than a month ago, in fact, that the Big Ten Player of the Year smacked this eighth-inning, go-ahead home run against rival Indiana in the Big Ten tourney title game featured here. Plawecki was up to his late-inning magic again Monday night, hitting his second career pro home run to tie the score in the ninth. Watch the home run here.

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More Big Ten Names Punch Olympic Tickets

A number of Big Ten names nailed down spots on national teams this weekend to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In this post, we present a quick roundup from the official school websites. We’ll continue to track news of any updates with additional posts in our Olympics section at www.BTN.com/2012olympics.

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Did You See This? Purdue trick shot video

Purdue's D.J. Byrd

Dru Anthrop pulls of a Balancing Act

Name the trick shot, Purdue basketball players D.J. Byrd and Dru Antrhop and former Boiler Ryne Smith made it a recently uploaded DJ Byrd YouTube video. Seriously, these guys got creative in the video that starts with them all hitting halfcourt shots in succession and also includes shots from the Paint Crew and from atop the railing courtside at Mackey Arena. See the video in this post.

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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It was a busy week this past week, what with the 2012 NBA Draft and college football approving a four-team playoff. To no surprise, both topics are represented in our top 10 stories from last week. See the entire top 10 in this post.

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A look ahead: Top Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects

Indiana's Cody Zeller

The Zeller Dunk-a-thon

With the 2012 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, it’s time to rank the Big Ten’s top 2013 draft prospects. There’s a ton of talent across the conference, from freshmen to seniors. For the sake of this post, though, only sophomores through seniors are considered. Let’s call it the Harrison Barnes rule. If you remember, two years ago, Barnes was named to the AP Preseason All-America Team before playing a single college game. Things didn’t turn out as well as expected. So without further ado, here are my top 10 Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects.

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Four ex-Big Ten stars taken in 2012 NBA Draft

Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard's Journey to the NBA Draft

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard (No. 11, Portland), Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (No. 21, Boston), Michigan State’s Draymond Green (No. 32, Golden State) and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (No. 58, Minnesota) were all selected in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Relive all the selections with FoxSports.com’s Draft Tracker. Dive inside and see all the Big Ten picks, plus get the latest relevant tweets and school releases.

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