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NFL Combine: Watch our Bullough, Hageman interviews

The NFL Scouting Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, which means former Big Ten players are busy trying to improve their pro stocks before the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10. BTN analysts Howard Griffith and Russ Lande are in Indianapolis to report on all of the familiar names. Watch our interviews with Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman and Michigan State’s Max Bullough in this post.

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Twitter: D.J. Byrd responds to being 'called out'

Tom Izzo tore into Russell Byrd during Sunday afternoon’s loss to rival Michigan. College basketball analyst and BTN contributor Seth Davis noticed it and tweeted it. Problem is, he was thinking about a former Big Ten Byrd, the Purdue one, and tweeted “D.J Byrd.” Twitter being what it is, the former Boiler responded to Davis – all the way from Germany.

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Evan Turner returns to scene of 'The Shot'

Former Ohio State standout Evan Turner was acquired by the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Turner’s arrival in Indianapolis will surely bring back some memories. The fourth-year small forward sank an unforgettable shot against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2010. The Pacers play in that same arena – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

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Twitter: Brandon Ubel talks Huskers, Miles, Petteway

Former Nebraska forward Brandon Ubel experienced a lot during his time as a Husker. Not only did Nebraska move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten midway through his career, he played his final season for Tim Miles after spending the first three years under Doc Sadler. As a result, Ubel has an interesting perspective on Nebraska’s sooner-than-expected turnaround season. See my Twitter Q&A with him in this post.

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Merriman: My Mount Rushmore of B1G hoops players

Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history.

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Four ex-Big Ten stars on same team at NBA All-Star event

For a night, Michigan products Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are teammates again. Same goes for Burke and his former AAU bud Jared Sullinger. It all happens at 9 p.m. ET tonight at the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. That’s right, Burke, Hardaway Jr. and Sullinger, along with former Indiana star Victor Oladipo, are all on the same team in the annual freshman-sophomore All-State Weekend event.

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Video: Ex-Badger J.J. Watt shows off hockey skills

Anybody who knows J.J. Watt is well aware that the ex-Wisconsin star defensive end is an incredible athlete. He can even skate and play some hockey, as he showed in a recent YouTube video. Check out Watt’s hockey skills in this post.

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Ex-Ohio State star Jared Sullinger wins NBA honor

It was a great week for Ohio State basketball players, both current and former. The Buckeyes went 2-0, including a big road win at Iowa, and ex-Ohio State star Jared Sullinger dominated the NBA en route to picking up Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In three games, Sullinger registered a trio of double-doubles and averaged 20.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks.

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Russell Rules: Wilson 6th B1G QB to win Super Bowl

Editor’s note: In the first edition of this story, Michigan State’s Earl Morrall was not accounted for as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Morrall came off the bench and replaced Johnny Unitas in the Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V win.

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Seven ex-Big Ten players win Super Bowl XLVIII rings

Seven former Big Ten stars are world champions after the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night. Ex-Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for 232 yards and two touchdowns and Purdue product Cliff Avril had three tackles and two passes defended. See how all the Big Ten products performed in this post.

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Eleven ex-Big Ten players on Super Bowl XLVIII rosters

Eleven former Big Ten players are on active rosters for Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle boasts seven Big Ten products, including ex-Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, while Denver features four, including former Minnesota receiver Eric Decker. The 11 players will battle for NFL supremacy Sunday night on FOX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. See the full list in this post.

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Former OSU star Nick Mangold in Kate Upton ad

Who says that offensive linemen don’t ever get to have any fun? Former Ohio State and current New York Jets standout Nick Mangold got to take part in this video, released by Vogue Magazine, which features American model Kate Upton taking snaps from the All-Pro center.

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Did you see this: Russell Wilson billboard fail

If you had to associate Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with one university, it would probably be Wisconsin, right? That seems to be the consensus, despite the fact that Wilson spent four years at North Carolina State, before transferring to Wisconsin in 2011 for his final year of eligibility.

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Former Big Ten stars meet Super Bowl media

Tuesday was Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, and several of the 11 former Big Ten players who will play in the game Sunday night sat down to meet the media. See a photo gallery of the players addressing the media Tuesday, plus view the full list of Big Ten products on the active roster, in this post.

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Did You See This? Robbie Hummel on Purdue tragedy

Hours after the tragic events Tuesday at Purdue, former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel posted a picture to his Instagram account of the Purdue campus, accompanied by a very powerful message. See the picture and Hummel’s words in this post.

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