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Big Ten Player Rankings: Denzel Valentine takes over No. 1 spot

How good was Denzel Valentine’s triple-double vs. Kansas? So good, it played a big role in the Michigan State star winning Big Ten Player of the Week. [ MORE:  Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The historic performance also was enough to place Valentine atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. That’s right, Valentine, previously No. 2 on my list, has taken the top spot from Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Check out my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine’s epic performance against

Michigan State, Purdue make big moves in latest AP & Coaches polls

Michigan State and Purdue made significant jumps in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans, who recorded a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas last week in the Champions Classic, went from No. 13 in both polls to No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches). The Boilermakers, fresh off their Hall of Fame Tip-Off tourney crown, rose eight spots (No. 23 to No. 15) in the Coaches Poll and five spots (No. 21 to No. 16)

Twitter: Get Gerry DiNardo's Week 12 Sunday Ruminations

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 top performers | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team that was in action the previous

SEC Network puts Charleston Southern's FCS ranking on graphic

Attention, Big Ten fans: If you missed the Charleston Southern-Alabama game or highlights of it, this post will be of interest. [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 top performers | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] The SEC Network aired the game Saturday afternoon, and it received plenty of attention (and eye rolls)

Top individual performers from Saturday's Big Ten games

What a week of Big Ten football! [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 top performers | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] Fans were treated to upsets, game-winning plays, and of course, plenty of outstanding individual performances. Who was the best of the best on Saturday? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell

Top highlights from Saturday's Big Ten basketball action

There were three Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action on Saturday. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the day with a commanding 61-39 win over Old Dominion behind 18 points and six rebounds from big man A.J. Hammons. In other Big Ten action, Rutgers got by Central Arkansas, 87-84, and Illinois fell to Chattanooga, 81-77. Here is a look at the top highlights from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Enjoy! Rutgers’ Corey Sanders throws down a huge one-handed flush Illinois’ Malcolm Hill with the steal and the dunk Rutgers’ Corey