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Video: Alex Gordon leads 'Go Big Red' chant

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Former Nebraska baseball star Alex Gordon smacked a home run Saturday on Nebraska Night at Kaufman Stadium, and to celebrate he led the red-clad Royals fans in a “Go Big Red” chant during his postgame on-field interview.

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Which conference produces most NFL starting QBs?

Russell Wilson

#BTNLive Talks About Russell Wilson

During last week’s Big Ten football media days, I asked one player from all 14 Big Ten teams this question: If you were an NFL GM and could pick one Big Ten player to start a franchise with, who would it be?

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Video: You have to see this Mitch McGary dunk

The NBA held its annual rookie photo shoot over the weekend in New York City. There were plenty of photos taken, of course, but there was also a lot of fun had while the players waited their turns in front of the camera. There was an impromptu dunk contest, among other things, and former Michigan forward Mitch McGary easily threw down the best dunk.

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Video: Drew Brees shows off spot-on accuracy

You already knew Purdue product Drew Brees was one of the NFL’s most accurate passers. His career 66 percent completion percentage is all the proof one needs. For anybody not sold on Brees’ ability to put the ball anywhere he wants, there’s this video from New Orleans Saints’ training camp.

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Video: A.J. Hawk tackles fan at golf tournament

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ohio State star and current Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk knows how to tackle. Like, really well. So, if, for some reason, you wanted to find out what it’s like to be tackled by him, simply ask. That’s what happened at the American Century Championship, where Hawk, all in good fun, tackled a willing fan. Watch it above.

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NBA Summer League: Get your Big Ten updates

The NBA Summer League has tipped off in Las Vegas, and Big Ten players are off to a strong start. Michigan product Tim Hardaway Jr., a member of the 2014 NBA all-rookie team, is averaging 22.5 points in the New York Knicks’ first two games. See other top performers, from both Las Vegas and Orlando, in this post.

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Video: Illini product Brian Cook talks NBA comeback

Illinois product and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year Brian Cook hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season. That’s because he spent the last two years tending to his wife, Victoria, who had cancer. Well, Cook, 33, wants back in, so much so that he’s playing for Detroit in the NBA Summer League.

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2014 NBA Draft: Grading every Big Ten pick

Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III & Gary Harris Longtime Friends

A total of seven Big Ten prospects were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was the first player to come off the board at No. 8 overall, while Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble was the final Big Ten prospect selected at No. 56. After every draft, comes plenty of draft grades. Here is a look at how some of the top sites graded last night’s Big Ten NBA Draft picks.

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Video: Trey Burke shows off tattoo collection

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Big Ten Player of the Year. NBA All-Rookie First Team. GQ model. Tattoo aficionado. Make no mistake, former Michigan basketball player Trey Burke is a star on and off the court. Burke recently sat down with Bleacher Report to show off his collection of tattoos and talk about the significance of his ink. Watch the full video feature in this post.

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Video: Ex-Hoosier Victor Oladipo talks rookie season

Former Indiana star and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo recently sat down with Jim Rome to discuss his first NBA season. Oladipo, the No. 2 in the 2013 NBA Draft, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year race despite learning a new position (point guard) at the game’s highest level. Watch the entire interview in this post.

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Video: Gary Harris, Glenn Robinson III feature

Gary Harris & Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III & Gary Harris Longtime Friends

Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.

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Twitter: Your Big Ten team's NBA JAM players?

The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.

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Q&A: Shawne Merriman talks Terps, move to B1G

BTN had a distinguished visitor Wednesday, as former Maryland and NFL star Shawne Merriman visited our headquarters. Merriman starred for the Terps from 2002-2004, earning All-ACC honors in his final season, and went on to lead the NFL in sacks (2006) and be a three-time All-Pro. See our Q&A with Merriman in this post.

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Video: Nik Stauskas preps for 2014 NBA Draft

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Nik Stauskas Preps for 2014 NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas spent two seasons at Michigan, and what a two years they were. There was the run to the 2013 national final, there was the 2014 outright Big Ten title, and there was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. It’s no wonder Stauskas decided it was time to enter the NBA. Stauskas is expected to be a early pick in June 26 draft. Before we find out where Stauskas will play next year, we caught up with the Michigan product.

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Merriman: Ranking top 10 Big Ten NBA players

Zach Randolph

The Journey: Big Ten Basketball- Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke

The 2013-14 college basketball season is well in the books. The NBA Finals is underway, and the NBA draft is just around the corner. There is plenty of Big Ten stardom in this year’s draft, but how elite college players such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas pan out in the NBA is anyone’s guess.

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