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Three Takes: Iowa's talent, Indiana losses and Nebraska's duo

It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Iowa’s senior class, Indiana’s losses and Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament chances. Get my latest thoughts below. Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons has consistently played at a high level during conference play. Their improvement and experience has Iowa in sole possession of first place in a tight Big Ten race. Over the last four years, Woodbury, Gesell, and Clemmons have contributed to 87 wins, tying the 1983 class for third most wins in school history. Throw in veteran

What would a Big Ten Dunk and 3-point contest look like?

Basketball fans were treated to an outstanding NBA All-Star Weekend, highlighted by one of the more memorable dunk contests in league history. The 3-point contest was incredible as well, with Golden State’s Klay Thompson taking home his first title in the event. This got me thinking… What would an All-Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest look like? There are plenty of high-flyers and 3-point gunners in the conference this season to put together quite a list. Here is what my Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest would look like this year. BIG TEN SLAM DUNK CONTEST Charles Buggs, Minnesota Aubrey

Big Ten Mailbag: Tom Dienhart answers your questions

Do the Badgers will make the tournament? What's ahead for Minnesota basketball? Read Tom Dienhart's answers to your weekly emails, then drop him your own note. he reads them all and responds to the best ones each week.

Minnesota dismisses Carlos Morris from men's basketball team

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program has dismissed senior Carlos Morris for conduct detrimental to the team, head coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday. Morris will remain on scholarship and have access to academic support services through the remainder of the school year. The Gophers’ senior guard averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season. The Gophers return to action on Thursday evening, hosting No. 6 Maryland at 7:00 p.m. ET. Read the full release at Gophersports.com

Big Ten links: Roll through Wednesday's hoops & football stories

The Associated Press reports that Illinois has picked a new A.D.. How many freshman does Urban Meyer expect to play next fall? Iowa's Mike Gesell is closing in on an impressive record. Get these stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.

#BTNStandout: Malcolm Hill hits shot just inside half-court line

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill hit one of those shots that you dream of making growing up as a kid. It happened in Illinois’ 82-66 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night at the State Farm Center. Leading 57-39 with under 12 minutes remaining in the game, Hill heaved up a shot from just inside the half-court line as the shot clock wound down. The shot swished through the hoop as the Orange Crush let out a roar from the stands. Check out the shot at the top of this post. Well done, Mr. Hill. That shot earns you the title of being

Video: Ohio State raises Evan Turner's No. 21 to the rafters

Former Ohio State basketball standout Evan Turner had his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena on Tuesday night during a halftime ceremony at the Michigan-Ohio State game. Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus. During his memorable 2010 season, Turner averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to a 29-8 record and a first-place tie among the Big Ten standings. Check

B1G tourney bracket: Here's what it looks like, if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Just three weeks remain in the regular season, in fact. We know it’s early, but we also know Big Ten fans enjoy taking an if-the-season-ended-today look at the tourney bracket. Here’s the latest look, entering Tuesday night’s trio of games: WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9) Game 1: No. 13 Rutgers

Game Rankings: Wisconsin-Michigan State rematch tops slate

The season is hitting the home stretch. And everyone is chasing Iowa, which sits atop the Big Ten standings a game head of Maryland and Indiana. And, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeyes are in peril of losing this week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue have all reached the 20-wins plateau. Michigan enters tonight’s game at