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Player Rankings: Yogi Ferrell enters top 5 of Jess Settles' list

It’s taken a while, but Yogi Ferrell has made his way back into the top 5 of my Big Ten Player Rankings. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The Indiana point guard checks in at No. 5 this week, up one spot from last week. For what it’s worth, the last time Ferrell was in my top 5 it was late November. Check out my latest list below: 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Trimble shocked the Kohl Center on

Five Big Ten men's basketball teams ranked in latest Coaches Poll

A season-high five Big Ten men’s basketball teams are ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana reenters the poll, at No. 25, fresh off its impressive 85-60 victory over Ohio State that improved it to 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2008, when it opened 6-0. The Hoosiers join Maryland (No. 3), Michigan State (No. 4), Iowa (No. 19) and Purdue (No. 24), all of which

Big Ten Whiteboard: Keep an eye on Michigan State this week

The third week of the Big Ten season is upon us, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana are the teams to beat. And Thursday’s Iowa at Michigan State tilt will go a long way to shaping the race as we head into the teeth of winter. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Game of the week: Iowa at Michigan State, Thursday. When the Hawkeyes hit

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

It’s time for my latest look at the week that was. It’s good to be an Indiana Hoosier. And how about those Maryland Terrapins? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Biggest surprise: Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers have lost star James Blackmon for the season to injury, but the team is hot. Last week, Indiana grinded out a 59-58 win vs. Wisconsin in which the unbeaten 1975-76 team was honored. On Sunday, the Hoosiers clubbed visiting Ohio State, 85-60. OSU had won seven in a

Watch Sunday's best Big Ten men's basketball highlights

There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine makes return from surgery

Denzel Valentine made his return from knee surgery in Sunday’s 92-65 win at Penn State. [ MORE: Watch replay of No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State on BTN2Go ] After missing the last four games, including the Spartans’ first three Big Ten games (2-1), the Michigan State do-it-all star entered the game with 15:23 left in the first half and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Valentine, who was among the early leaders for player of the year before the surgery, entered the game averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1

Sam Dekker's mom trolls son about Wisconsin degree

It was alumni day Saturday at the Wisconsin men’s basketball game. [ MORE: Remember this? Sam Dekker’s mom tweets picture of son mowing yard ] Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker learned this via text message from his mother, who said that Dekker should be at the Kohl Center. He would have been had he not entered the 2015 NBA Draft following his junior season, one that saw the Badgers make their second consecutive Final Four run, ending with a loss to Duke in the national final. The message also included a funny jab, with Dekker’s

Watch Melo Trimble's deep game-winning 3 at Wisconsin

Melo Trimble has had so many great games during his one and a half seasons at Maryland. The star point guard compiled one of his most impressive days in No. 3 Maryland’s dramatic 63-60 win at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Trimble scored 21 points, several of which came in highlight fashion, and dished out five assists. It was his last shot that made the performance extraordinary, however. With the score tied at 60 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, Trimble, one of the Big Ten’s top free-throw shooters and foul creators, dribbled the clock down before opting for