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Video: Ohio State raises Evan Turner's No. 21 to the rafters

Former Ohio State basketball standout Evan Turner had his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena on Tuesday night during a halftime ceremony at the Michigan-Ohio State game. Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus. During his memorable 2010 season, Turner averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to a 29-8 record and a first-place tie among the Big Ten standings. Check

Ohio State to honor 2010 national player of the year Evan Turner

As if the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game Tuesday night needed extra juice, the Buckeyes will honor Evan Turner in a halftime ceremony. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Among the festivities, Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, will have his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena. Turner shot 50 percent and averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus, Ohio. His memorable 2010 season included these head-turning stats: 52

Draymond Green highlights Big Ten at 2016 NBA All Star Game

Draymond Green, he of an NBA-leading 10 triple-doubles this season, is the Big Ten’s lone representative in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. That doesn’t mean the former Spartans star and 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year is the only Big Ten name who will be involved in the numerous All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Toronto. Michigan State’s Keith Appling (NBA D-League All-Star Game), Northwestern’s Reggie Hearn (NBA D-League 3-point Contest) and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell (Rising Star’s Challenge) will join Green, who also will be involved in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Rising Stars Challenge When: 9

D'Angelo Russell scores 22 points in BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

D’Angelo Russell helped lead USA to a 157-154 victory over the World in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] The former Ohio State point guard and consensus 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year scored 22 points, on 9 of 15 from the field, and dished out seven assists in 16-plus minutes off the bench. The USA team featured the game’s top first- and second-year players born in America, including MVP Zach LaVine, out of UCLA. Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft,

Bennie Fowler gives 2-point conversion ball to Peyton Manning

Former Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler didn’t register an official catch in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but he’ll likely be on the receiving end of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s final NFL pass. [ MORE: Here’s how Big Ten names fared in Super Bowl 50 ] Confused? Don’t be. Fowler caught the two-point conversion that gave Denver a 14-point lead in the final minutes of its 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium. But, for whatever reason, two-point conversion attempts don’t count in the official stats. Still, everyone knows the play happened. Fowler certainly

Ex-Michigan G Zack Novak to be in BTN studio Wednesday night

Former Michigan guard and Academic All-Big Ten regular Zack Novak will be in the Big Ten Network studio Wednesday night for the Wolverines’ game at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Novak, Michigan’s all-time leader in career minutes (4,357) and just the second Wolverine to serve as captain for three seasons, gradated in 2012 and spent the 2012-13 season with Landstede Basketbal in Zwolle, Netherlands. That proved to be Novak’s one and only pro season, as the Ross School of Business graduate opted to put his degree to work. He has spent the past year as an operations associate at Uptake

Super Bowl 50: Jordan Norwood highlights ex-Big Ten names

Who has the longest punt return in Super Bowl history? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] After Sunday night, the answer is former Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who returned a punt 61 yards in Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Norwood was one of 16 former Big Ten stars competing in Super Bowl 50, and one of nine, not including Vernon Davis, who played at Maryland before the school entered the Big Ten, to win an NFL championship ring. Here’s how all

Illinois great Dee Brown pens open letter to Illini Nation

Make no mistake, Illinois is struggling on the hardwood. The women’s team is 1-11 and in last place, while the men’s team is 3-8 and ahead of only winless Minnesota and Rutgers. [ MORE: Big Ten standings (Men) | Big Ten standings (Women) ] Illinois men’s basketball great and 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Dee Brown is aware of the struggles, and the special assistant to the director of athletics doesn’t want “Illini Nation” to give up on the programs in the wake of another pair of disappointing seasons. So much so that Brown recently penned a letter

Super Bowl 50: A Big Ten-centric look at the official rosters

Super Bowl 50 is just hours away. A total of 16 former Big Ten names will be playing for an NFL championship, not including former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, as NFC champ Carolina faces AFC champ Denver at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ten of the Big Ten’s 14 schools have at least one representative in Super Bowl 50, headlined by Ohio State, which features a nation’s best five players (4 Carolina; 1 Denver). Don’t have a horse in the race? For what it’s worth, Denver has nine former Big Ten stars, compared to Carolina’s seven. Check out

Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released Saturday night, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and two of the eight inductees are Big Ten personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, who played and coached in the NFL, and ex-Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace, the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the inventor of the pancake block, were selected for enshrinement along with a group headlined by Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison. Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super