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Power Rankings: Wisconsin, Purdue move up two spots this week

After yet another crazy week of Big Ten play, certain teams have proven that they belong at the top while others have given us more to question. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Standings | Stats | Scores | Polls ] The havoc that ensues in conference play every year is a reminder of how lucky we are to see high-level competitive basketball every week in the Big Ten. It’s as if the regular season is

Audio: Big Ten women's basketball coach’s tourney teleconference

On Monday, the 14 Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament (full tourney bracket is here). Dive in and hear from each coach. BTN will carry the first 12 games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, while Sunday’s championship game will be televised by ESPN. The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately 4 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan State

Michigan State moves up to No. 2/No. 3; Wisconsin still unranked

The same five Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bracketology | Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] That means Wisconsin, winners of 10 of its last 11, still hasn’t made its way back into the polls. There’s this, though: The Badgers are the top vote-getters among unranked teams in both polls. Let’s turn the attention back to the five ranked teams. Michigan State

Big Ten announces pre-seeds for wrestling championships

The Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 5-6 at Iowa. Five schools boast at least one top-seeded wrestler, with Penn State leading the way with four. Nebraska and Penn State will bring a seeded wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes, while Iowa, Ohio State and Rutgers each boast a seeded grappler in nine classes. The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in eight weight classes, along with all 14 starters in two weight classes due to the Big

#LeapDay: Let's celebrate with some Big Ten leaping highlights

Happy Leap Day, Big Ten fans! [ MORE: Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] As is the case every four years, February has 29 days this year. Don’t worry, March and, hopefully, some consistent spring weather are just around the corner. To celebrate #LeapDay, we wanted to share one 2015-16 men’s basketball highlight that features some kind of leap, whether it be on a dunk, block, whatever, for every Big Ten school. Here you go! ILLINOIS *** INDIANA *** IOWA ***

Big Ten Whiteboard: Can Indiana make it an outright Big Ten crown?

It’s finally here, the last week of the regular season. And Indiana already has wrapped a share of its 22nd Big Ten title and second in the last four years. Can the Hoosiers win the outright title? Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin all hold out hope to take a share of the title. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bracketology | Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scores | Polls ] Game of the week: Indiana at Iowa, Tuesday. The Hoosiers

BTN LiveBIG: Badgers' 'CAVE' a haven for experiential learning

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. To describe different levels of human thought, the ancient Greek thinker Plato came up with the Allegory of the Cave. Essentially, he described a metaphorical situation in which some people (the ones with true knowledge) could see the world as it really is. But many more only experienced life as a series of shadows upon a cave wall, never really understanding what

Here's what B1G tourney bracket looks like entering final week

One more week. That’s all that remains in the Big Ten men’s basketball season. [ MORE: Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Indiana clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title, courtesy of Ohio State’s upset vs. No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night, its 22nd crown, which ties Purdue for the most in conference history. The Hoosiers enter the final week of the season as the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tourney. Interestingly enough, Indiana has yet

Video: Wisconsin walk-on Jordan Smith has memorable senior day

As far as senior days for little-used walk-ons go, it’s tough to top Jordan Smith‘s experience Sunday night. The Wisconsin fifth-year senior probably couldn’t have written a better script, in fact. Not only did the Orono, Minnesota, native see action for just the seventh time this season, but he immediately grabbed a defensive rebound and hit a pair of free throws, his fourth points of the season and the 15th and 16th of his career, in Wisconsin’s 68-57 win over Michigan. Best part of it all: Smith was taken out of the game following the second free throw so he

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

There is a week to go in the season, and Indiana already has clinched a share of the Big Ten title, by virtue of Ohio State upsetting No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night. Can the Hoosiers win the title outright? Or can someone grab a share of it? [ MORE: Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here is a look at the Big Ten week that was. BEST OF B1G WEEK Best win: Ohio State