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Saturday football: Plan ahead with our Week 5 Big Ten football schedule & TV info

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Today
4:00 PMMaryland at Michigan St.Watch
Tomorrow
2:30 PMNorthwestern at Rutgers Watch
3:00 PMIowa at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
7:00 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch

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Friday night football? There are 'lots of possibilities'

Talk about night football games continues to churn to the point where Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is soliciting input about playing Friday night games. Hey, it’s all about the almighty TV dollar, in case you didn’t know. We have seen some schools in recent years play season-opening games on Friday nights, including Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan State. ESPN currently airs games on Friday nights, but they typically are unappealing contests from lesser leagues. San Jose State vs. Utah State doesn’t really move the needle, if you know what I mean. The Big Ten could step in and own Friday

Mike Gesell

B1G week ahead: Iowa games top the list

At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace? Here’s a look at all the games this week. Don’t forget that our real-time scoreboards have times and TV info, too. 1. Iowa at Minnesota, Tues., Feb. 25: Two teams that have been

Sam Dekker

Badgers pace Big Ten in latest AP & Coaches Polls

The latest AP and Coaches polls came out Monday, and surging Wisconsin leads Big Ten teams at No. 14 in both. Michigan, fresh off its impressive victory over rival Michigan State, comes in No. 16 in each poll, followed by the aforementioned Spartans (No. 18/18), Iowa (No. 20/19) and Ohio State (No. 22/20). [ MORE: Listen to your coach’s teleconference | View our Power Rankings ] Here’s a look at the Coaches Poll: Coaches Rankings Rankings as of 2/24/2014 Rank School Record Votes Prev Rank 1 Florida Gators 25-2 791 (24) 2 2 Wichita State Shockers 29-0 771 (8) 3

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Big Ten Geeks: Full Stauskas & top defenders

First, a recap of the weekend’s games. But jump to the end for our take on the Big Ten’s best defensive players so far this season. Or as I’ve come to know it—Our Annual Solicitation of Hate Mail from Buckeye Fans. Let’s start things off with Michigan, shall we? The Wolverines took firm control of the conference race by completing their sweep of the in-state rival Spartans. The Wolverine offense—and Nik Stauskas in particular—could not be stopped in the second half. What has to make this loss burn even more is just how well Michigan State played at the other

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B1G Women's Recap: Ohio State, Purdue hold home court

There were two Big Ten women’s hoops games on Sunday, highlighted by Purdue’s 72-54 win over Wisconsin. Ohio State topped Northwestern , 71-62, in the second game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. PURDUE 72, WISCONSIN 54 | RECAP | BOX (AP) April Wilson scored 18 points and dished off eight assists to lead No. 21 Purdue to a 70-54 win over Wisconsin Sunday, sweeping the season series with the Badgers. After Wisconsin cut Purdue’s six-point halftime lead to two, 31-29, early in the second half, the Lady Boilermakers reeled off a 25-3 run

Nathan Taphorn

B1G Recap: IU, OSU & UW card Saturday wins

There were three Big Ten men’s hoops games on Saturday, highlighted by Wisconsin’s impressive 79-74 road win over Iowa. In other conference action, Indiana got a 61-56 road victory over Northwestern, and No. 24 Ohio State rallied and ran past Minnesota, 64-46. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] INDIANA 61, NORTHWESTERN 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56

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Gerry DiNardo sounds off on unionization efforts

There is a movement afoot to unionize Northwestern football players, with on-going hearings taking place on the subject in Chicago. The NU players are being supported by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). And former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter is spearheading the cause, having already testified before the National Labor Relations Board. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified today. I talked to BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo—a former head coach at Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana–about the unionization effort. [ MORE: Dienhart: Football player union case worth watching ] Here is DiNardo in his own words (read more on his Twitter timeline, @gerrydinardo):

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Hockey Recap: Penn State, Wisconsin notch B1G wins

There were two exciting Big Ten hockey games on Friday night. Penn State notched a memorable 5-4 upset win over Michigan in the first game of the night. No. 8 Wisconsin followed with an impressive 5-2 victory over Michigan State. Catch up on all the stats, scores and highlights in this post. [ MORE: View the 2014 BTN Frozen Fridays Schedule ] WISCONSIN 5, MICHIGAN STATE 2 | RECAP The Wisconsin men’s hockey team has struggled on the power play this season, entering Friday’s contest against Michigan State (9-14-7, 3-6-6-4 Big Ten) having converted on just over 15 percent of

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Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State

Tai Webster

Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.