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Dienhart: ND joins ACC, but not for football

Big news today as Notre Dame announced it would join the ACC in all sports but—surprise!—football. So, Big Ten fans, trash any hopes you were clinging to about Notre Dame  joining your conference. The Big Ten twice has made offers in the past, only to be rebuffed. It wasn’t going to ask a third time. Now this move by Notre Dame all but seals the notion that a Big Ten-Notre Dame marriage won’t happen in a long, long time . If ever.

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Tuesday's links: What happened to Huskers defense?

The struggles of the Nebraska defense at UCLA still are resonating. What went wrong? How did the Bruins run 94 plays? How could the unit have allowed 653 yards, the second most ever in the history of the program? Aside from the cold, stark reality of the numbers, Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald says how the Cornhuskers got those numbers is more disturbing. I have more links and notes in my usual Big Ten collection.

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Send Questions to Friday Night's Show

On tonight’s “Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET with Mike Hall, Tony Banks, Rosevelt Colvin, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, the crew  will be joined by Purdue’s Danny Hope and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. Also, our BTN experts are taking your questions on Twitter. Just tweet us using #AskBTN all day today.

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Big Ten Links: OSU, PSU can still win divisions

It turns out Ohio State and Penn State do have something to play for this season, despite being on NCAA probation and ineligible to win the Big Ten or go to a bowl game. The Big Ten has said if either team finishes first in the Leaders Division, it will be awarded with the division trophy and be deemed “Leaders champion.”

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End of the Road: Wildcats Knock Hoosiers Out

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift Kentucky to a 102-90 win over Indiana on Friday at Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the Sweet Sixteen. Christian Watford had 27 points to lead the Hoosiers (27-9), whose comeback season ended two wins shy of the Final Four. Indiana, which won a total of 28 games the previous three seasons, has regained its usual place among the college basketball bluebloods. Full boxscore is here.

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Big Ten Teams vs. Sweet 16 Field

For the first time since 1999 and the third time since the field expanded in 1985, the Big Ten has four teams in the Sweet 16. Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all made it through the first weekend of the tournament, meaning each is two wins away from the Final Four, four from claiming the national title. The competition only gets stiffer the rest of the way, of course, so it’s important to consider what these teams did against elite foes. See how the Big Ten’s remaining teams fared this season vs. the Sweet 16 field in this post.

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Ready, set, click the lastest Big Ten links

In Wednesday’s web links, we look at what some of the Big Ten beat writers are saying about their school’s chances in the NCAA tournament, which tips Thursday for three Big Ten teams. Also, find links and my thoughts on a trio of Big Ten big men who are filling equally big roles for Indiana and Michigan State. There’s some football talk in here, too, as coaches discuss position changes. Find it all in this post.

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Take a quick spin through Monday's headlines

What are my colleagues around the Big Ten saying this morning? The Spartans are a sure thing in an unpredictable tourney while the Buckeyes challenge is to move on. The Wolverines look to stick around a while in the NCAA while the  Badgers’ bracket is dangerous even with Kentucky nowhere near. And the NCAA committee did Purdue a favor. What was it? Find out in my daily web links post.

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Tourney Time: A Closer Look at Thursday's Games

The 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday with No. 8 seed Iowa taking on No. 9 seed Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (full bracket here). Before the action gets underway, I’m breaking down the first four games with an overview, key matchup and, of course, my prediction. Who do you like in the first four games? Vote inside.

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Dienhart: Buzz Around Honors, Spring Football

In another edition of my daily links, I suggest five top stories worth a read plus a handful of others, too. But before I get to my usual breakdown, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News and a frequent guest on BTN TV rolled out his publication’s All-American team and there are two familiar names on the first team and another one on the All-Freshman team. Read his piece here and see the list of teams here.

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BTN.com's All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Teams

BTN will announce the 2011-12 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams live at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Until then, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor and blogger Brent Yarina offer up their All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners. Check out their teams and honorees in this post. Don’t agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska move on

The second day of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament features four more games, all live on BTN/BTN2Go. So far, Ohio State beat Michigan, 57-49, then Nebraska upset Iowa, 80-68. Also tonight, Penn State held off Minnesota, 78-74 and Purdue dropped Michigan State, 73-64. Get caught up on the action on the interactive bracket and find stats, video and recaps in this post.

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Wednesday's News: Our Expert Hits The Links

It was just last week when many felt Northwestern played perhaps the biggest game in school annals. And it lost, 67-55, in overtime at home to Michigan. But the Wildcats rebounded to score a huge win at Penn State over the weekend. Now, comes yet another “biggest game in school history” for the Wildcats tonight when Ohio State visits. In the first of today’s five big links worth a look, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says Northwestern needs another big game from John Shurna if it wants to beat Ohio State.

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Dienhart: Is Green the Player of the Year?

Entering the final week of the season, Draymond Green’s reign as the Big Ten’s top player isn’t threatened as he’s on course to take home the league’s Player of the Year honors (announced next Monday). Why not? Green is the lone player who averages a double-double. And his leadership is off the charts, as Green already has led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title.

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Monday's list of newsy Big Ten links

A busy weekend in the Big Ten saw Michigan State clinch a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh Big Ten title without even playing on Sunday. Thanks, Badgers! Here’s some other news you need to know on this Monday, including Steve Greenberg of the Sporting News and his 12 burning questions as spring drills approach. More Monday links below in this post.

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Iowa's Gatens Tops Friday's Web Links

Spanning the Big Ten globe while we wait for those red-hot Iowa Hawkeyes to cool off. I think Matt Gatens is still shooting three-pointers from somewhere near Keokuk. Swish—again. Light it up! Sweet-shooting Matt Gatens and the fans brought electricity back to Carver Hawkeye, writes Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register. And as far as bobblehead nights go, this was one to remember,  says Rick Brown of Des Moines Register. And a win over ranked Indiana? A win over ranked Wisconsin? Yep, this was the best week for Iowa basketball in a long time, writes Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Read more Big Ten links in this post.

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Thursday's Spin Around Our Big Ten Headlines

Michigan State got a scare last night, but it found a way to pull out victory at Minnesota to remain atop the Big Ten standings. But what else is going on in Big Ten and other related circles?

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Surf Dienhart's Wednesday Big Ten Web Links

Forget about having the right cover sheet on that TPS Report. It can wait. You first must surf to these info-packed links to Big Ten stories. For example: Meyers Leonard opens up after sixth loss in a row, writes Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times while Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash wonders: What went wrong with Bruce Weber at Illinois? Read more links for Wednesday inside.

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Dienhart: My Top 25 Players This Week

With his play in recent weeks, Michigan State’s Draymond Green has solidified his hold on the top spot in my weekly player rankings. The senior is a do-it-all talent who’s driven to leave campus standing side-by-side with players like Mateen Cleaves and Magic Johnson as an all-time great en route to leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and spot in the Final Four. I am not gonna bet against him.

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Watch Tuesday's Blast & Read Tuesday's Daily Links

All the Big Ten news that’s fit to link to is right here. For instance, di you read this? In the Big Ten, redshirts are golden, says Aaron Brenner of the Quad City Times. More links below in this post.

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Check out Monday's Big Ten Web links

What a weekend, especially for Michigan, which remains in the hunt for a Big Ten title with that impressive win over Ohio State. Read all about the surging Wolverines’ quest for their first Big Ten regular-season title since 1985-86 and other Big Ten happenings with these links in this post.

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Get Ready for the Weekend with Friday's Headlines

What better way to end your work week than by getting caught up on all the Big Ten news right here?  Selection Sunday is March 11. Until then, here’s a projection of the NCAA field from one of the smartest men in the business, Mike Huguenin of Yahoo! Sports.

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Scanning Thursday's Big Ten Headlines

Big game tonight, with Wisconsin invading Michigan State in a Big Ten battle of ranked teams. But that’s not the only news. Check out the latest scuttlebutt in Big Ten territory, including this story: Already making fall plans? Thank Matt Murschek of the Orlando Sentinel for looking ahead to five killer Big Ten games in 2012. Find more links lower in this post.

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Zeller named Wayman Tisdale Finalist

Indiana big man Cody Zeller has been named a finalist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually to the men’s National Freshman of the Year. Zeller is averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, all while shooting a Big Ten-leading 64.8 percent. One of only a couple new faces for the Hoosiers this season, Zeller is the biggest reason for Indiana’s turnaround, which has seen the team go from 12-20 a year ago to 19-6.

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Dienhart's Big Ten Daily Links for Wednesday

Looking for something to do while hunched over your desk eating Ramen noodles? Surf to these web stories  to get mucho Big Ten knowledge. I do this every weekday morning for my readers and you can find my previous link collections here. Even better, you can subscribe to the RSS for the Daily links right here.

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