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Big Ten links: Reports of a new TV deal has Big Ten buzzing

Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.

Eighteen former Big Ten stars on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters

The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin engineers fish for inspiration on artificial-eye development

If you don’t already, odds are that someday you’ll hold a newspaper at arm’s length to read it more clearly. This incredibly common eye condition, called presbyopia, generally affects those in their 50s and older. It occurs when eye muscles begin to age and harden, making it more difficult to focus on nearby objects. While this condition has been considered part of the normal aging process, professor Hongrui Jiang and his team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are focusing — no pun intended — on a solution. Their innovative work developing components of an “artificial eye” recently received a great

Big Ten men's basketball players join 'My Boo' meme

There was “Call Me Maybe.” Then there was “Shake It Off.” And now, there’s “My Boo.” The latest college sports meme features basketball players posting locker room dance routines, set to the Ghost Town DJ’s song, to Instagram. It all started with reigning national champ Villanova, which challenged Maryland’s Jaylen Brantley, Damonte Dodd and Jared Nickens earlier this week. The Terrapins accepted the challenge hours later with a pair of videos. Wisconsin star Nigel Hayes saw the videos and decided to take action Sunday, combining with teammates Khalil Iverson and Charlie Thomas on a video of their own. Watch the videos

Big Ten Network and Riot Games to Host BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event

BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event where two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24. “The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media

Audio: Big Ten Spring Football Teleconferences - West Division

On Wednesday, the West Division football head coaches and one player from each team joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each school on the call here: On Thursday, we will have audio from coaches and players from the East Division.  

No new bowl games until 2019, at the earliest, is great news

This just in from the “What On God’s Green Earth Took So Long” department: According to an ESPN report, the NCAA has approved a ban on the creation of new bowls until 2019—at the earliest. Can I get an “amen”? This is about 10 years too late. But, at least this day has arrived, as the bowl excess has ended … for now. You see, it isn’t true: If a little is good, more is better. Look, I love blocking, tackling, eye black, neck rolls, chicken wings and marching bands as much as the next cargo-shorts-wearing American. But, the bowl