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Top highlights from Thursday's Big Ten men's hoops action

We had three outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Thursday night. Maryland kicked off the action with an impressive 74-68 victory over Iowa. Michigan State followed with a commanding 76-45 win over Northwestern. Ohio State closed out the evening with a thrilling 68-63 victory against Illinois in overtime. With three games on the slate, we made it a point to capture the best moments from the action. Here are the top highlights from Thursday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Anthony Clemons! Watch the @IowaHoops guard blow by Maryland's defense and throw down a huge one-handed slam https://t.co/gvoohk5uQZ — Iowa

Big Ten mailbag: Dienhart answers your questions

Time for me to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing queries. It seems a white-hot Iowa team has the attention of many of you. The Hawkeyes have a big game tonight. With that, let’s get going. Who do you have winning the Iowa-Maryland game in College Park, Md., on Thursday? – Braydon Dobereiner I know the Terrapins are tough with Melo Trimble and Co. But how can you go against the Hawkeyes, winners of nine in a row overall and 13 Big Ten game in succession dating to last year? Even on the road in a tough environment?

Video flashback: Amazing moments in recent Big Ten shoe history

Of course it wasn’t the first time an athlete lost a shoe during a game. And it certainly won’t be the last time. But when Purdue’s A.J. Hammons lost is shoe on the offensive end of the court, then pulled down a defensive rebound while hold that same shoe in his hands … well, that’s a moment. “I was glad I got the rebound. My foot was slipping,” Hammons told the Lafayette Courier-Journal after the game. He thought about throwing it to the side but told reporters he wanted to get back. What did Coach Matt Painter say to him

Big Ten links: Thursday's football & hoops news digest

In today's Big Ten headline roundup, we have one look at a critical stretch in Northwestern basketball's schedule. Are they tourney worthy? Meanwhile, Wisconsin needs to enhance their tourney credentials, too. Rutgers football got some good news. Minnesota basketball has some, too. Read these stories and others in today's digest.

Journey 100 Q&A: Author & former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus

The 100th episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. To help celebrate the milestone episode of our award-winning series, BTN.com caught up with Mark Titus, arguably the Big Ten's most popular benchwarmer of all time, a compelling "Journey" subject in 2010, and now an author. Among other things, Titus discussed his time at Ohio State, his moment on the show, and why he wore No. 34. "I was basically the Shaq of suburban Indianapolis youth rec league basketball," Titus said.

Video: A.J. Hammons grabs a rebound with a shoe in his hand

We have seen some bizarre plays this season. But what happened in Minneapolis on Wednesday night in the Purdue vs. Minnesota men’s basketball game takes the cake. With Purdue leading 59-54 late in the second half, A.J. Hammons lost his shoe at one end of the court, picked it up, then ran the distance of the court and grabbed a rebound for the Boilermakers before a timeout was called. Check it out in the video at the top of the post. Watch Purdue coach Matt Painter grab Hammons and give him a pat on the back following the incredible play.

Big Ten men's basketball: Watch highlights from Super Wednesday!

We had two outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Super Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on scores and stats on our college basketball scoreboard ] Michigan kicked off the action with an impressive 68-57 victory over Rutgers in the first game of the evening. Purdue followed that by beating Minnesota on the road, 68-64. With both games on BTN, we were able to capture all the top moments from Wednesday’s action. Here is a look at the best video highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball games. Are you serious!? Watch @Boilerball's A.J. Hammons run down the court and

Who makes your Michigan basketball Mount Rushmore?

It’s time to vote for the best players in Michigan basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 13 Wolverine greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-13. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. After you vote, tune into tonight as Michigan takes on Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch on BTN2Go. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Bill Buntin (1962-1965) – Two-time All-American selection (1964-65). One of

Photo: Check out John Shurna's 28-game winning streak beard

The subject in the photo above is Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer John Shurna. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] For real. The former baby-faced Big Ten star is playing overseas, and the now-famous beard was the catalyst for his Spanish Liga ACB team’s (Valencia) 28-game winning streak, which started in October and, amazingly, spanned six countries. Valencia finally lost last Tuesday, to Limoges of France, and the beard came off the following day. It took a half-hour to shave, if you were wondering. “My sister came to visit over the holidays, and she

Journey 100: Journey All-Stars Part 2

Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available