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Iowa Basketball Practice Facility

We have a new feature at BTN.com, and it’s called “Did You See This?” Throughout the seasons, the staff of BTN.com will watch all the Big Ten action for the best highlights, whether it’s an incredible catch, an unbelievable dunk or a can’t-miss feature, and immediately publish them here as a post. Check out our Did You See This? archive. Watch one of our latest postings right now.

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Ball Finishes Fourth in Heisman Voting

Montee Ball & Heisman Trophy

Dayne & Bielema Talk Ball for Heisman

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting Saturday night in New York City. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III won the award, with 1,687 total points, followed by Stanford’s Andrew Luck (1,407), Alabama’s Trent Richardson (978), Ball (348) and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (327). Ball, who accounted for 2,071 total yards and 39 TDs, including his 25-yard scoring pass to Russell Wilson,  received 22 first-place votes, the fifth-most. See tweets and photos from Ball’s trip to NYC in this post.

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Illini's Beckman: 'We Will Work Tirelessly'

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Tim Beckman Introductory Press Conference

Tim Beckman of Toledo is the new football coach at Illinois and he says he is a high-energy coach who will “will work tirelessly in building the football program to compete for Big Ten and national championships, and be a source of pride for Fighting Illini fans across the nation.” Read the full AP story here and read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s history of Beckman here.

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Dienhart: Top 10 Big Ten football stories of 2011 season

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Badgers, Spartans Share Their Hail Mary Memories

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There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.

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Ball wins Silver Football Award

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 9th Afternoon Update

After being named one of the five finalist or the 2011 Heisman Trophy earlier this week, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball won the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Awards as the best player in the Big Ten. He finished ahead of teammate Russel Wilson and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.

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Dienhart: Beckman familiar with Big Ten

Tim Beckman is the new Illinois coach and arrives from Toledo, where he forged a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) the past three seasons after taking over for Tom Amstutz. Beckman led the Rockets to an 8-4 mark this season and a spot in the Military Bowl against Air Force, the program’s second bowl under his stewardship. Toledo has gone 7-1 in MAC play in each of the past two seasons.

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