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Big Ten links: Roll through Wednesday's hoops & football stories

The Associated Press reports that Illinois has picked a new A.D.. How many freshman does Urban Meyer expect to play next fall? Iowa's Mike Gesell is closing in on an impressive record. Get these stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.

B1G tourney bracket: Here's what it looks like, if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Just three weeks remain in the regular season, in fact. We know it’s early, but we also know Big Ten fans enjoy taking an if-the-season-ended-today look at the tourney bracket. Here’s the latest look, entering Tuesday night’s trio of games: WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9) Game 1: No. 13 Rutgers

Game Rankings: Wisconsin-Michigan State rematch tops slate

The season is hitting the home stretch. And everyone is chasing Iowa, which sits atop the Big Ten standings a game head of Maryland and Indiana. And, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeyes are in peril of losing this week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue have all reached the 20-wins plateau. Michigan enters tonight’s game at

Bracketology: Seven Big Ten teams listed in experts' latest mocks

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 has gone from a six-bid to a seven-bid league this week. Say “hello” to Wisconsin. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] JERRY PALM No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Montana, West

Power Rankings: See where your team falls in Jon Crispin's list

Sunday night on “B1G Basketball & Beyond,” Mike DeCourcy brought up the point that now that we have reached the mid-point of February it is unofficially acceptable to begin to discuss the “Bubble.” [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Initially, I would have felt that our Big Ten Bubble Team would be Ohio State, but Wisconsin continues to make statements and

Player Rankings: Denzel Valentine reclaims top spot this week

Down the stretch we come. Believe it or not, there are just three weeks remaining in the regular season. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] We’ll be in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney before we know it. Here’s a look at my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, which features a new No. 1. 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine put together another epic

BTN to air seven Big Ten Winter Championships & Hockey tourney

BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN

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

An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten. [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best win: Wisconsin at No. 2 Maryland. No Big Ten team had ever won a conference game at Maryland. Until Saturday night, that is,

Video: Watch Wisconsin celebrate big win over No. 2 Maryland

What do you do when you beat the No. 2 team in the nation on its home court? Celebrate! That’s exactly what the Wisconsin Badgers did following their memorable 70-57 win over No. 2 Maryland on Saturday night at the Xfinity Center. The Badgers’ win snapped Maryland’s 27-game home winning streak and marked the Terrapins’ first home Big Ten loss. Vitto Brown was outstanding in the game, scoring a career-high 21 points in the victory. Watch the Badgers mob Brown in an incredible locker room celebration. #OnWisconsin. Always.https://t.co/Zp19zuk0vO — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 14, 2016 Also, check out Greg Gard’s

Tempers flare at end of first half between Wisconsin and Maryland

Maryland is the nation’s No. 2 team and no Big Ten team is hotter than Wisconsin, winners of six straight games. So, college basketball fans knew Saturday night’s game would be intense. It was; in fact, things got a little heated in the final seconds of the first half at Xfinity Center. Here’s what happened: Maryland’s Diamond Stone, the former Wisconsin prep star, and Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown competed for the rebound following a Melo Trimble missed running layup, and the two ended up out of bounds, with Stone bringing Brown to the floor and using his left hand to push