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Michigan picked to win 2016 Big Ten baseball championship

Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners

Game Rankings: Two Indiana games top week's loaded slate

It goes without saying that we will discover the true colors of Indiana this week. And could Maryland finally lose a Big Ten home game? Here is a ranking of this week’s 12 games. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] 1. Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. Remember when the Hoosiers were riding a 12-game winning streak? Now, IU is 2-2 in its last four games and faces a rugged slate of games.

Bracketology: Don't forget about surging Wisconsin Badgers

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin—winners of five in a row–is making some noise in Lunardi’s analysis. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] JERRY PALM No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 play-in foe, East No.

Power Rankings: Iowa stays on top; Michigan State, Purdue climb

We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] The parity in college basketball and in the Big Ten in particular makes these rankings a

Maryland Terrapins take over at No. 2 in AP, Coaches' Top 25 polls

Maryland men’s basketball lands at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll and Iowa follows up at No 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Also Monday, Maryland is at No. 2 in The USA Today Coaches Poll, while Iowa received three first-place votes and landed at No. 5 overall. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Maryland received 13 No. 1 votes in the AP poll and moved up two spots from No

Player Rankings: Robert Carter Jr. moves up in Jess Settles' list

The second half of conference play rolls on. It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to unveil my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] There isn’t much movement this week, with Robert Carter Jr.’s jump from No. 9 to No. 7 marking the biggest change. See my latest list below. 1. Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa. Is anyone in the country playing better at both ends than Uthoff?

Big Ten Whiteboard: An early look at the Big Ten week ahead

Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney | Early look at B1G tourney bracket ] Game of the week: Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. It won’t get much better than this, as two Big

Here's what Big Ten tourney would look like if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip off March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View official tourney bracket | Check out latest B1G standings ] A month out, we decided it was a good time to start providing a weekly look at what the tournament would look like if the season ended today. No. 5 Iowa closed the latest week of conference play with a 77-65 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon; with the win, coupled with Penn State’s upset of Indiana on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes (10-1) are in sole possession

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the