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Player Rankings: Denzel Valentine, Yogi Ferrell top final list

That was an exciting 2015-16 Big Ten season. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] With the regular season in the books and the Big Ten tourney tipping off Wednesday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at my final Big Ten Player Rankings. See my full list below. 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine finishes the year in the top spot. Since assists began being recorded in 1983-1984, only Valentine has averaged 19

Keep an eye on BTN's Instagram account this week

For this week's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, BTN asked a special guest to take over the BTN Instagram account and fill it with the best shots from the games and the atmosphere. Fred Daniels, a talented artist and Chicago native, will be the first to participate in BTN’s Artist Instagram Takeover filing photos from before the games, during the games, and after the games.

Wisconsin Badgers enter latest Coaches Poll at No. 25

The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Monday, and Wisconsin has reentered the latter ranking. The Badgers, who have won 11 of their last 13, come in at No. 25 to give the Big Ten six ranked teams in the Coaches poll. Wisconsin is the top unranked team receiving votes in the AP poll, which features five Big Ten teams. Michigan State (No. 2 AP; No. 3 Coaches) paces the conference, while outright Big Ten champ Indiana is No. 10 in both polls. Purdue (No. 13/No. 13), Maryland (No. 18/No. 15), and Iowa (No. 20/No.18) round out the ranked

BTN analysts hand out Big Ten men's basketball awards

“BTN Live” will announce the 2016 All-Big Ten teams and award winners at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Watch the show on BTN2Go. [ MORE: View the complete Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before the teams and superlative winners become official, BTN’s team of analysts share their award winners. See our experts’ selections below. JON CRISPIN (@BTNJonCrispin) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the Year: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin *** TOM DIENHART (@BTNTomDienhart) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the

BTN to provide complete coverage throughout Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will

Audio: Hear your men’s basketball coach's tourney preview

On Monday, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Remember: BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the “BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show.” Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin team takes on the Zika virus

Little is known about the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, the reach of the disease in both geographic and population terms was barely noticeable for decades. However, new cases have rapidly increased since May 2015, starting in Brazil and spreading as far as Mexico, Puerto Rico and even the continental United States. It’s an unexpected and unfortunate turn of events, said Matt Aliota, a research scientist at Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “Until a few months ago, basically no one was working on the virus in the lab because it wasn’t considered a major threat to human health,” said Aliota,

Here's the 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament bracket

The Big Ten regular season is complete, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Outright Big Ten champion Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the event that tips at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and runs through Sunday afternoon, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, along with No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Purdue, receive double-byes and open the tourney Friday. Here is the official bracket: WEDNESDAY Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs.

Dienhart: My best of final week of Big Ten regular season

The regular season is over. Now, it’s off to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, where top seeds Indiana and Michigan State look like the teams to beat. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before we turn all of our focus to the tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, let’s take a look at the best of the last week of the regular season. Best win: Rutgers vs. Minnesota. There were several big wins by the contenders, but it has to be the previously winless Scarlet Knights’ 75-52 win vs. Minnesota on Saturday. The blowout victory snapped

Relive 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Championships title matchups

No. 1 Penn State claimed its fifth Big Ten wrestling championships in the last six seasons Sunday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The Nittany Lions racked up 150.5 points at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, finishing 24.5 points ahead of host and runner-up Iowa (127). Ohio State, last season’s winner and NCAA champ, finished third with 126 points. View the full final standings here. Three wrestlers claimed individual Big Ten championships, as Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Bo Nickal (174) and Morgan McIntosh (197) won their respective weight classes. Watch every champion and his BTN interview below. *** 125 pounds: Nathan Tomasello,