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Ohio State's Amedeo Della Valle to pursue pro career

Ohio State sophomore Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday that he is leaving the Buckeyes to pursue a professional career in Europe. Della Valle averaged four points and 1.8 rebounds in 33 games this season. He did score double figures in six games, including 12 in Ohio State’s comeback win over Nebraska in the Big Ten tourney. Read Della Valle’s message about the decision in this post.

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Photo: Evan Turner & Thad Matta at Big Ten tourney

Ohio State's Evan Turner Arms Up

Evan Turner Journey Promo

Ohio State invaded Evan Turner’s new home, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Thursday for the Big Ten tournament. Turner, who was traded to the Pacers at the NBA trade deadline, and the rest of his teammates were around the arena for much of the first session Thursday. That meant the former Ohio State star and 2010 national player of the year was able to meet up with Thad Matta.

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Charles Woodson photobombs Michigan team photo

Michigan officially celebrated its Big Ten title after Saturday’s 84-80 Senior Night victory over Indiana. The Wolverines clinched the outright title, their first since 1986, in Tuesday’s rout at Illinois. On Saturday night, a special guest joined the festivities at Crisler Center. That would be Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, who just so happened to photobomb the team picture.

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Video: Le'Veon Bell shows off dunking skills

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Le'Veon Bell Leap

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The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post.

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While Ryan Miller was in Sochi, his frenchie toured MSU

What did the dog of former Michigan State goalie (1999-2001) and current Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller do while his owner was minding the net for Team USA in Sochi? He toured Miller’s campus and visited all of the top spots, of course. See pictures of Miller’s french bulldog Puck in front of Magic’s statue and in the net at Munn Ice Arena, plus so much more, in this post.

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NFL Combine: Watch our Bullough, Hageman interviews

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Ra'Shede Hageman Combine Interview

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'

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Evan Turner (21) makes a three point shot to win the game at the buzzer against Michigan Wolverines guard Stu Douglas (1) during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Ohio State defeated Michigan 69-68. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

I Hit It To Win It: Evan Turner

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

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Jerry Palm Talks NCAA Tournament Teams

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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

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The Journey 2013: Big Ten Basketball - (Episode 7, Segment 1)

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

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The Journey 2013: Draft Special (Segment 3)

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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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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

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Gus Johnson: Wilson Toss to Duckworth

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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Eleven B1G products to play in Super Bowl XLVIII

Eleven Big Ten products will play in Super Bowl XLVIII next month following Denver and Seattle’s NFL championship weekend victories Sunday over New England and San Francisco, respectively. See stats and find out which players are headed to New Jersey for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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24 B1G products vying for Super Bowl berth

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Tom Brady Visits Michigan Athletic Campus

It’s NFL conference championship weekend, and 24 Big Ten products are vying for a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. New England (8) and Seattle (7) boast the most former Big Ten players of the four semifinalists.

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Video: Victor Oladipo wows with dunk Saturday night

Indiana product and NBA rookie Victor Oladipo continues to make quite the statement in his first pro season. A couple nights after going for a career-high 35 points, Oladipo threw down one of the more powerful and athletic slams you’ll see all season Friday night. If you missed it, don’t worry, it’s in this post.

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Former OSU star Greg Oden returns with huge dunk

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Greg Oden Interview

No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American.

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