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Today's links: More analysis on Signing Day

The smoke has cleared on Signing Day 2013. And, from what I can tell, every coach in the Big Ten is smiling as they dream of the great possibilities for all of their signees. Having typed that, let’s lead daily links with myriad recruiting stories. While the ink is drying on a highly-ranked Ohio State recruiting class that is ready to compete right now with studs like safety Vonn Bell, Urban Meyer already is contemplating next year’s recruiting strategy. And it will include a greater focus on O-H-I-O. Speaking of Ohio State, Buckeyes fans won’t like this. It seems Michigan signee

Northwestern, Chicago Cubs ink historic agreement

Northwestern football will be back at Wrigley Field. On Tuesday, Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced a long-term partnership that includes five future football games in the Friendly Confines. [ Northwestern athletics, Chicago Cubs announce historic partnership ] The agreement also allows opportunities for many of Northwestern’s 19 varsity programs to play at Wrigley Field. One date already has been set, in fact: April 20, when the Northwestern baseball team hosts Michigan. The dates for the five football games are pending due to the scheduling of Wrigley Field’s recently announced restoration project. The Wildcats played rival Illinois at Wrigley

Today's links: On challenges, polls & ticking clocks

It’s no secret. In fact, it’s well-known to anyone who watches Big Ten hoops: Ohio State’s sophomores need to step up if the Buckeyes want to have a big season. Let’s begin daily links right there, since Ohio State has a big home game tonight vs. Wisconsin. I’m looking at you, Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross. The visit from the always-rugged-on-defense Badgers will be a nice test for that quintet (read Wisconsin Ohio State game preview here). Time to give Deshaun Thomas some consistent scoring help. Wisconsin sophomore Traevon Jackson is driven by high expectations. Hey, that’s usually

Today's links: Will Michigan jump up?

With top-ranked Duke going down hard, and I mean hard, last night against the Miami Hurricanes, the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll may be there for the taking for AP No. 2 Michigan if it beats Purdue at home tonight and then prevails at Illinois on Sunday. Right now, Michigan is No. 3 in the Coaches Poll behind Duke and Kansas. So, I’m gonna begin daily links there, America. If that isn’t motivation enough for the Wolverines tonight, then last year’s loss on Senior Day to the Boilermakers should fuel Michigan’s fire. By the way, John Beilein is

Today's links: Michigan flexes, Illinois vexes

No doubt, Wisconsin’s victory at Indiana on Tuesday was impressive. But Michigan’s win at Minnesota last night may have been even more impressive. So, let’s start daily links right there, OK? The Wolverines sent a statement to the rest of the Big Ten that they may indeed be the best team in the conference. Michigan took command early and maintained control throughout in a raucous environment. And this comes just days after many questioned the team’s toughness after a loss at Ohio State on Sunday. Well, question answered—and then some. Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says the

Today's links: Stunning win shakes up Big Ten race

Wisconsin’s win at No. 2 Indiana was impressive. Not only that, but the victory pushed the Badgers into sole possession of first place in a Big Ten race that looks to be wide open now. And, get this: Wisconsin isn’t even ranked, while six other Big Ten teams are: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois. Let’s start the daily links there. The Badgers played smarter and tougher than Indiana, which was an 11-point favorite and now has lost five in a row in Assembly Hall to Wisconsin and 11 overall to the Badgers. What killed Indiana? Lack of

Today's links: Here comes Badgers vs. Hoosiers

Indiana has a big game tonight with Wisconsin visiting (read the preview here). Will the Hoosiers experience any sort of hangover following an emotional home victory over Minnesota on Saturday? Hmmm. This battle of Big Ten unbeatens seems like a good jumping off point for daily links. One area to watch for Indiana tonight: The bench. Tom Crean’s crew needs more production from the reserves. How bad was it vs. the Golden Gophers? The Hoosiers’ bench notched just three points – all on free throws. That, ladies and gentlemen, must change. And, it likely will when you consider that Indiana’s

Today's links: Iowa faces uphill battle

Iowa is off to a rough start in the Big Ten, an 0-3 start vs. three very good teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). The latest setback was a 62-59 defeat at home to the Spartans that the Hawkeyes had their chances to win. Let’s start the daily links right there in Iowa City, shall we? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s more evidence that Iowa isn’t out of the Big Ten lowlands yet. Now what? I think the best is yet to come for a young Iowa that starts three freshmen in guards Mike Gessell and Anthony

Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory. The win in Champaign—the Gophers’ 11th in a row this season-was the start of a rugged three-game skein that sees Minnesota go to Indiana on Saturday before coming home to play Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 17. If the Gophers can get a split with the Hoosiers and Wolverines, it

Today's links: Huge stretch for high-flying Gophers

It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow! At the very least, Minnesota must go 1-2. It cannot be swept. A 2-1 mark would be considered highly successful. A 3-0 record?