The Big Ten Pulse

The Big Ten Pulse

Our Big Ten Pulse hosts Rick Pizzo and Derek Rackley offer an entertaining take on the topics and news around the conference and give their opinions on the biggest stories in sports. Airs Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

Rematches headline week's slate

The roster of games this week is littered with some intriguing matchups that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order at the top of the Big Ten standings as we enter the final few weeks of the season. And no tilt on this week’s list of contests is bigger than Wisconsin’s visit to Michigan State on Feb. 16. Now that you know BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s No. 1 game for this week, what about the others? Dienhart ranks them all, from 1 to 11, in this post.

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Tonight on the Pulse: Mateen Cleaves joined us

On Monday’s Big Ten Pulse, former Michigan State star and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Mateen Cleaves joined our guys in the studio. The crew interviewed Michigan State senior Draymond Green, fresh off a 14-point, 16-rebound effort against Michigan, and took its first look at the bubble teams. Which current Big Ten bubble team has the best chance to make the tournament? The guys debated it. Also, Pulse-ntages returned, and our crew conidered if Ohio State will lose another Big Ten game, among other topics.

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Who's your team's midway Big Ten MVP?

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. This week’s rankings feature a new wrinkle, as I offer up my Big Ten MVP for all 12 teams now that we’ve reached the midpoint of the conference season. The stats that go along with each MVP includes conference games only.

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Dienhart: Gems litter the week's slate

 The Big Ten season is halfway over—and the best is yet to come in a conference race that remains in flux. More clarity may come this week, which shapes up as one of the best yet of the season. In particular, this is a big week for Michigan State and Indiana. And matchup-wise, I can’t wait for the battle between the Big Ten’s top freshmen: Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Cody Zeller. See my game rankings for this week’s action in this post.

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Big Ten Pulse: Making a Splash

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, and Tim Doyle discuss which Big Ten team could land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. Plus, see our interview with Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, check out our latest “Who Ya Got?” segment,  and learn why Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz recently jumped into an ice-cold lake. We’ve got the YouTube clip of Ferentz’s big splash in this post.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.

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Dienhart: Let's Look At The Week Ahead

The Big Ten men’s basketball season is really heating up as we enter a third week of league action, so it’s time to roll out the first installment of my Monday basketball column. We’re calling this my Big Ten Whiteboard, because I’ll be drawing up all the good stuff you’ll need to keep track of in the week ahead.

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The Pulse: Men's Basketball Teams Rolling Along

With nine Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday and eight teams in the RPI’s Top 50,  our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle take you into this pre-holiday weekend on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET tonight with an in-depth conversation on the overall depth of the Big Ten as each team builds out their tournament resumes. For example, Northwestern is 8-1 after racking up another win Thursday night. Also, tonight, Michigan State’s Draymond Green will join Pizzo, Rackley and Doyle to tell us how the Spartans’ tough games early on have helped the team come together.

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The Pulse: Your Top Big Ten Buzzer Beater Is ...

On Tuesday night’s latest edition of the Big Ten Pulse, our crew kicked around some of their favorite buzzer-beating moments, this coming off Indiana’s dramatic last-second win over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday at Assembly Hall. Watch now as Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle discuss Indiana’s memorable win over Kentucky now and see our collection of several recent Big Ten buzzer-beaters in this post.

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Indiana's Oladipo to appear on The Pulse

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo visits with our crew from The Big Ten Pulse on tonight’s TV show at 7:30 p.m. ET. And what better reason than to roll out this instant classic video of his incredible shot from last season. Listen to Gus Johnson call Oladipo’s buzzer beater at halftime in the game against North Carolina Central last year. Here are Oladipo’s season’s stats so far. And look a little further down in this post to see a nifty spin move by Oladipo more recently against Gardner Webb.

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Pulse: Heisman Finalist Ball Joined Us

Wisconsin running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball has thrilled Badgers fans all season long, and he made another appearance on the Big Ten Network on Tuesday night’s The Big Ten Pulse. Check out his BTN.com player page with season and career stats, then scroll down in this post to find more on the Heisman Trophy finalist, including a video archive of his appearances on BTN, and a few of his selected tweets.

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Wisconsin's Ball Named Heisman Finalist

Turns out a Big Ten single-season record 38 touchdowns is enough to garner an invite to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball was named one of five finalists for the most prestigious award in college sports Monday night, the announcement coming live on ESPN by former Ohio State star and 1995 Heisman winner Eddie George. Alabama’s Trent Richardson, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu and Stanford’s Andrew Luck join Ball in NYC.

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Pulse: Talking to David Molk

On Monday night’s Big Ten Pulse, Rick, Rack and Timmy D interviewed Michigan center David Molk. The crew asked Molk about whether he and the Wolverines are trying to figure out everything that needs to happen in order for them to make the BCS. Watch the interview now to hear Molk’s answer. Also on tonight’s show, the guys talked about the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and gave their thoughts on Ohio State’s hiring of Urban Meyer.

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Pulse: Ball Joins Us & Title Game Talk

On tonight’s Pulse, at 6 ET, Rick, Rack and Timmy D discuss whether it will be Penn State or Wisconsin joining Michigan State, the Legends Division champion, in Indianapolis for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game. Speaking of the title game, FOX and BTN released the coverage plans Monday. Read the release here and see what else our crew will be talking about on tonight’s show in this post. Watch a web-only segment for the show now.

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The Pulse: What we're talking about tonight

We’ve got the details on The Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET. Of course, you could have gone and asked them on Twitter @BTNThePulse, too. On tonight’s show Rick, Rack and Timmy D talk with Michigan breakout running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and ask him if he’s faster than quarterback Denard Robinson. See what else we’ll be talking about in this post.

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