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Denzel Valentine to miss 2-3 weeks after minor knee surgery

No. 1 Michigan State will be without arguably the nation’s No. 1 player for the next two to three weeks. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Tom Izzo said Monday that Denzel Valentine had a piece of cartilage removed after an injury in practice Sunday. He calls it “very, very, very minor.” “There isn’t even a thought of lasting effects,” Izzo said. Valentine, who has registered a pair of triple-doubles this season, leads Michigan State in scoring (18.5), rebounds (8.3), assists (7.1) and steals

Maryland returns to top 5 in latest AP & Coaches polls

Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland is back in the top 5 of the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Terrapins come in at No. 4 in both polls, this after being No. 6 (AP) and No. 7 (Coaches) last week. Undefeated Michigan State (12-0), one win away from setting its best start in program history, remains No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Purdue, fresh off its first loss of the season, drops five spots in

Watch Samford bench celebrate 3-pointer with 'field goal'

With Monmouth and its highly popular “Bench Mob” on the Big Ten schedule Sunday afternoon, we knew there would be plenty of bench celebrations on BTN. [ MORE: Track Samford at Nebraska | Watch the game on BTN2Go ] @MonmouthBench was up to the task in its win at 73-67 win Rutgers. In fact, check out some of its best celebrations in the Vine at the bottom of this post. What we did not expect was a well-executed choreographed celebration in the Samford-Nebraska game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Channeling its inner-Monmouth, the Bulldogs pulled off the perfect celebration to a

Watch the Monmouth bench's top celebrations at Rutgers

By now, most every college basketball fan has heard about the Monmouth bench and its popular choreographed celebrations. [ MORE: AP: Monmouth holds off Rutgers | Relive the game on BTN2Go ] After all, @MonmouthBench has been featured on all of the highlight shows this season, and it even visited The Today Show on Saturday. Big Ten fans got a first-hand look at the “Bench Mob” during Sunday afternoon’s win at Rutgers, and it didn’t disappoint. Among the fun were Star Wars- and baseball-themed celebrations. There even was a holiday-inspired celebration. Watch our favorite celebrations in the video above and the

Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins throws down a pair of incredible dunks

Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins is putting together quite the highlight-reel this season. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] The Wolverines’ sophomore forward had a pair of incredible back-to-back dunks to close out the first half of Saturday’s game vs. Youngstown State. The first highlight dunk came at the 3:05 mark in the first half when Derrick Walton connected with Dawkins for a huge alley-oop slam and the foul. Check out that dunk here. Dawkins wasn’t done there as he threw down another huge dunk to close out the first half. This one was a

Big Ten hoops roundup: Indiana, Ohio State card big victories

Ten Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action Saturday. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Indiana used a 17-2 run down the stretch to rally past Notre Dame, 80-73, in the first game of the Crossroad Classic, and previously struggling Ohio State stunned No. 4 Kentucky, 74-67, to highlight the day’s action. Catch up on all of the results below: MICHIGAN STATE 78, NORTHEASTERN 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 17 points, Bryn Forbes added 12 and No. 1 Michigan State matched the best start in school history

Maryland to wear throwback vs. Princeton tonight on BTN

Just like the football team did when it played in Baltimore this year, the Maryland men’s basketball team will wear a throwback uniform tonight in Charm City. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten uniform coverage ] The sixth-ranked Terrapins will don the design pictured in the tweet above vs. Princeton at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch the game on BTN2Go. Like the look, Big Ten fans? The uniform definitely resmebles a throwback – even the length shorts – but the shoes, well, that’s a different story.

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Big Ten big men & Illinois' big issue

This week, in my “Three Takes,” I take a trip back to the 1991-92 season, consider the Big Ten’s top big men and look at Illinois’ recurring issue inside. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Get my latest thoughts below: So much to like about this year’s group of true freshmen bigs This is the best group of big men the Big Ten has witnessed since the decorated 1991-92 class. That was the season McDonald’s All-Americans