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Player Rankings: Purdue puts three guys on Jess Settles' list

Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Big Ten links: Spartans honor 2000 champs, football hires & more

It was neat to see Michigan State recognize the program’s 1999-2000 national title team. It’s difficult to believe this is the last time the Big Ten has won a national championship. “The memories, they take you back to a special place,” Mateen Cleaves said. “As you get older, it gets better and better. The more and more I think back, I’m just happy to be part of something that was very special.” The group came back as Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the country, with realistic hopes of becoming the next Spartans team to win a title. ***

Best of the first month of the Big Ten men's basketball season

We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the

#BTNStandout: Watch Troy Williams' latest highlight putback

Advice for Indiana opponents: If the Hoosiers miss a long shot, make sure to get a body on Troy Williams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] If you fail to do so, the Indiana high-flyer will do what he did vs. McNeese State on Saturday night, and what he has done so many times in his career. Williams’ latest highlight-reel putback came off a James Blackmon Jr. missed 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Williams, who was just to the right of Blackmon Jr. when the shot went up, read

Video: Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action

Ohio State wears 'GH' decals to honor Dave Dickerson's sister

Ohio State associate head basketball coach Dave Dickerson missed Saturday’s game at Connecticut due to the death of his sister, Gloria Heyward. To honor Heyward, the Buckeyes wore “GH” patches on their jersey and the Ohio State coaching staff donned “GH” pins on their suit coats. Dickerson, the former coach at Tulane, came to Ohio State in 2010 and was promoted to his current position in 2011.  

Top Twitter reactions to Spike Albrecht ending basketball career

Spike Albrecht’s Michigan basketball career is over. [ MORE: Relieve these Spike Albrecht plays ] Albrecht announced today he has elected to step away from the court for the remainder of the season due to injuries. Albrecht has battled a genetic hip condition for almost two years and has struggled to return to full health this season. “This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make,”Albrecht said. “After taking a hard look at what is best for me, and this team, I will be stepping away from the game that has meant so much to me.” Albrecht,