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#BTNStandout: 5-foot-9 A.J. Harris gets big block in transition

Ohio State true freshman A.J. Harris is almost always the shortest guy on the floor. At 5-foot-9, so is the life of a Division I men’s basketball player. Height doesn’t mean everything, though, and Harris showed just that with his highlight rejection late in the first half of Ohio State’s 73-57 victory over South Carolina State on Sunday night. Best part: Harris’ block of Eric Eaves (6-foot-3) in transition marked his first career rejection. Probably the first of many, if this is any indication. Watch the highlight block in the video above or below. *** There were a lot of

Maryland, Ohio State, Northwestern card victories

Three Big Ten men’s basketball teams closed out their non-conference seasons Sunday on BTN, and all three recorded double-digit victories. No. 4 Maryland started the festivities by taking down Marshall, 87-67, Ohio State followed with a 73-57 win over South Carolina State, and Northwestern finished the night with a 74-59 comeback win vs. Loyola Maryland. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Big Ten conference play tips off Tuesday night, with Wisconsin hosting No. 13 Purdue and Iowa entertaining No. 1 Michigan State. Get video highlights and final scores from Sunday’s action below. MARYLAND

BTN LiveBIG: Another Maryland b-ball team makes a statement on the hardcourt

This season, the highly ranked Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s basketball teams are generating a lot of excitement in College Park and beyond. But there’s another basketball program out of Maryland that’s making a big impact, even though it isn’t ranked and doesn’t have thousands of spectators. That would be the College Park Dream Team. Now in its fourth year, the program pairs area youth with law enforcement officers from three local departments for a series of basketball games to foster positive relationships and encourage dialogue between them. The College Park Dream Team is the result of Gloria Aparicio Blackwell,

Top plays from Wednesday's Big Ten basketball games

Six Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action on Wednesday night, highlighted by two games on BTN. Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin added 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of Bryant in the first game of the evening. Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and interim head coach Greg Gard picked up his first career win as Wisconsin topped Green Bay, 84-79. In other Big Ten action: Illinois got by Missouri, 68-63, Rutgers cruised by Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64, Minnesota fell to Milwaukee, 74-65, and Penn State topped Kent

Player Rankings: Melo Trimble reclaims top spot this week

There’s a new No. 1 atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, and it’s a familiar name. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, my preseason No. 1 player, returns to the top spot in the wake of Michigan State star Denzel Valentine’s injury. See my full latest list below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. With Denzel Valentine sidelined, the Big Ten’s best point guard takes over the top spot. But don’t worry, Michigan State fans,

Video: Indiana fan shares school-inspired holiday lights

There are so many ways to show your school allegiance. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our entire Gone Viral section ] Rachel Wilson, an Indiana fan, made it clear to everyone in her neighborhood that she and her family are Hoosiers fans through and through. On Tuesday night, Wilson shared a video of the Indiana-inspired light show on her house this holiday season. Impressive stuff. And, of course, it’s set to Indiana’s fight song. Watch the video in the tweet embedded at the top of the post.

Purdue walk-on Stephen Toyra proposes to girlfriend after win

This is one of the most incredible moments you will see at a college basketball game, and it didn’t even happen until after the game was finished. [ MORE: Top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten basketball action ] Following Purdue’s 68-55 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, walk-on Stephen Toyra got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in front of his teammates and Boilermaker fans. Check it out in the videos – we have multiple angles! The best news of all — she said yes! Well done, Stephen!