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Dienhart: Who's My Top Star This Week?

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger or Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Who is the best player? It may be neither. Perhaps it’s Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor or Indiana’s Cody Zeller. And how does it compare to my list from last week?

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Time to take a quick spin around the Big Ten

News, notes and everything in betewen from the Big Ten as I prepare to join Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on tonight’s Big Ten Football Report. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET!

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Dienhart's quick look at Monday's Big Ten headlines

News, notes and whatnot from the Big Ten as I still try to catch my breath following Michigan State’s surprisingly dominant win at Ohio State. Who is gonna win this thing?

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Get Friday's web links & the Big Ten Blast

A big night in the Big Ten on Thursday, with three games, so there’s lots to talk about. And there’s also this little basketball game on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, between Michigan State and Ohio State that’s creating a little bit of buzz. Let’s look at the Friday morning headlines.

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Big Ten Mail Call! Answering your letters

You have your questions. And, as usual, I have my answers. Put them together and you have another BTN.com mailbag. Basketball is on the minds of many, which is why I rank my top Big Ten point guards in this mailbag. But interest in football never wanes so we talk about some recruiting, too. Heck, some spring practices will begin in less than a month, if you can believe it.

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Check out Wednesday's Big Ten Web Links

All the Big Ten-related stories fit to be linked to. And it’s all free. For instance, a “gentlemen’s agreement?” In football recruiting? Poppycock, writes Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel. And don’t forget: I’ll be chatting live during tonight’s Super Wednesday games over on the BTN Facebook page. Come on over at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Let's Take A Quick Spin Around the Big Ten

A national playoff? Proposed by the Big Ten? Maybe the Mayans are right—the world will come to an end in 2012. Until then, enjoy all the Big Ten news that’s fit to be linked to. Isn’t life great? My, my, how the times are changing: The Big Ten is mulling the idea for national four-team grid playoff, writes Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. So here’s my take on that.

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Dienhart: What's Buzzing Today in the Big Ten?

Got the “Super Bowl hangover blues” today? Have no fear. Here are some Big Ten links to perk you up after over indulging on the Rotel dip and Yoo-Hoo.

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Surfing Across Friday's Big Ten Web Links

Tired of ex-jocks interviewing ex-jocks about the Super Bowl? So am I. Instead, in this post have a look at what other esteemed scribes are saying about the Big Ten on this glorious Friday in February. And not one of these ink-stained wretches uses hair spray. I guarantee it.

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Dienhart's Mailbag: My 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Teams

You have questions, I have answers. Hey, at least you can count on something, right? There is a lot going on right now, with basketball season at its zenith and Signing Day has come and gone. Yes, life is good.

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Dienhart: Check out Tuesday's Daily Links

With a big basketball game around every corner and football recruiting’s big day on Wednesday, there’s a lot going on in the Big Ten as January prepares to melt into February. I surf the Internet to stay on top of Big Ten news, then give you the links I like best.

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Looking back at 'A Memorial For Joe'

From Jay Paterno’s moving tribute to his father to the various speeches from across the Penn State football family, we’ve posted videos from BTN’s coverage of Thursday’s “A Memorial for Joe” held at Penn State. Thursday’s public memorial service for the late Penn State football coach was carried live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. You can watch the entire event again on BTN2Go and on the Big Ten Digital Network.

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One-on-One: Penn State's Tim Frazier

Who’s the best player in the Big Ten? It’s a spirited debate. Many feel it’s Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. Others think Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the top talent. But what about Penn State guard Tim Frazier? That’s right: A player off of a last-place Big Ten team. Before you dismiss the notion, watch Frazier play—and look at his numbers. Neither lies.

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Paterno Memorial to air live on TV, Web

Thursday’s public memorial service for Joe Paterno will air live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. “A Memorial For Joe” begins at 2 p.m. ET at the Bryce Jordan Center on campus. Also, BTN will re-air the service at 10 p.m. ET Thursday after the Ohio State-Indiana women’s basketball game. Find BTN on your TV system with our easy and free BTN ChannelFinder and learn more about BTN2Go as well as the accompanying iPhone/iPad app. Also, the event will be streamed free on this page. Simply go there Thursday afternoon and click on “Live Events.” For more information on this Penn State event, check out this informational page at GoPSUsports.com and at Penn State Live.

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Funeral arrangements set for Joe Paterno

The family of Joe Paterno has completed the funeral arrangements for the legendary Penn State educator, coach and humanitarian, who passed away Sunday. Two public viewings will be held, as well as a public memorial, “A Memorial For Joe,” on the University Park campus.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Can you see it? I can. It’s stratification in this crazy Big Ten title chase. Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan sit atop the standings with 5-2 league marks. Right behind that trio are Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue with three conference defeats.

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All 12 Women's Teams Play Tonight

Two of tonight’s six women’s basketball games air on BTN/BTN2Go: No. 20 Nebraska at No. 10 Ohio State (6 p.m.) and No. 13 Purdue at Indiana (8 p.m.). The other games: No. 22 Penn State at Illinois, Wisconsin at Iowa, Michigan State at Minnesota, Michigan at Northwestern. Full scoreboard over here, latest standings right here, and full women’s stat leaders are here.  Remember, if your TV provider offers BTN2Go, you can watch those games and the rest of our TV network programming live online and via your iPhone and iPad.

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Dienhart: 5 Jump Early to NFL Draft

College football players had until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, April 28 (get more info at NFL.com). The Big Ten saw five players (Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz) opt for the pros, so here’s my quick look at each one along with some handy links.

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Big Ten Stock Watch: 5 up, 5 down

One-third of the way through the Big Ten schedule, it’s time to compile a quick stock report. What we’re analyzing here is whose stock is up and whose is down since Big Ten play opened late last month. In this post, you’ll find five players who have improved their play since the real season tipped and five who have struggled during that time.

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Dienhart: Intrastate battle headlines slate

The Big Ten features 11 men’s basketball games this week, including an interesting non-league contest that has Michigan playing at Arkansas. Will this week’s slate of games feature as many upsets, further jumbling the conference race? Here’s how I rank the games this week.

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Badgers tab Canada to run offense

(UWBadgers.com) – Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema took another step toward completing his coaching staff by naming Matt Canada as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. Canada spent last season in the same role at Northern Illinois, helping the Huskies to an 11-3 record, a MAC championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

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Big Ten hands out weekly hoops honors

The Big Ten Conference released its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week for Jan. 9-15 action. It was a crazy week of action that saw several upsets, including Northwestern handing Michigan State its first Big Ten loss and first loss in it last 16 games. See the conference’s latest weekly winners and find out what they did to earn the prestigious honors in this post.

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Our Big Ten Week in Review

Our 2012 is off to a roaring start here at BTN with another busy week in the books so we decided to take a look back at some of the bigger news and events just in case you missed anything. Last weekend Penn State hired Bill O’Brien as their football coach and on Sunday The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012″  debuted and it returns this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. We offer up bonus video clips like this each week.

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Minnesota tops Indiana; Wisconsin drops Purdue

Minnesota survived a furious second-half comeback effort by Indiana in Bloomington to beat the Hoosiers 77-74 to win the Gophers’ first conference game of the season. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds. Have you seen our “Best of Gus Johnson” video calls yet? We’ve got some good ones from tonight. Earlier in another conference game, Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62.

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Wisconsin center Konz declares for NFL draft

Wisconsin junior center Peter Konz announced Tuesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter his name into the 2012 NFL Draft. A Rimington Trophy finalist this season, Konz started 31 games at center for Wisconsin over the last three years. This year he was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches’ Association and Pro Football Weekly. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten choice by the league’s media.

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