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John Groce: One-on-One

On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season. 

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Twitter: Turner, Brust discuss big shots vs. Michigan

Ben Brust

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Right when Ben Brust’s buzzer-beater fell Saturday afternoon, it brought back memories of Evan Turner’s game-winner in the 2010 Big Ten tourney. Honestly, the two shots are that similar. Not just from the standpoint they both came against Michigan, either. Both also followed clutch shots by the Wolverines and were released from close to the same spot on the floor.

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Photo: Check out Dwayne Stephens' electric blue suit

Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens is turning a bunch of heads with his suit of choice for tonight’s game at Purdue. It’s hard not to notice the, let’s just call it, electric blue suit any time the camera follows the action going toward the basket on Michigan State’s end of the floor. See a photo of the suit in this post, plus check out what people are saying about it on Twitter.

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Did You See This? Berggren, Brust deliver highlights

Jared Berggren

Berggren Dunks On Michigan

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Jared Berggren is compiling quite the highlight reel in his senior season. There was this second jam in a back-to-back sequence, this posterization of Victor Oladipo, and this drive and finish at Iowa, among several others. To little surprise, Berggren struck again in Saturday’s overtime win over No. 3 Michigan. Watch the And-1 dunk now and see Ben Brust‘s ridiculous OT-forcing 3-pointer at the buzzer in this post.

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Did You See This? Derrick Nix drops cheerleaders

Derrick Nix

Derrick Nix Takes Out Cheerleader

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Derrick Nix is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds. Save for Nebraska’s Andre Almeida, Nix is the last guy in the Big Ten that anyone would want falling on him or her. That’s especially true when the “her” is a couple of cheerleaders. Yep, Nix accidentally took out a pair of cheerleaders on the baseline in the first half of Wednesday’s win over Minnesota. Watch Nix’s momentum take him out of bounds and the end result now.

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Twitter: About those Michigan, & Ohio State uniforms...

Glenn Robinson III

Burke to Robinson III Alley-oop

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There was a ton of talk about the uniforms leading up to Michigan’s thrilling win over Ohio State on Tuesday, and for good reason. Both looks, let’s just say, made bold fashion statements, as Michigan’s adidas monochromatic look could blind someone and Ohio State’s Nike Hyper Elite uniform could be mistaken for a practice jersey. Once the game tipped off, the talk got even better, even funnier.

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Michigan at Indiana: Most important player?

Jordan Hulls

Nik Stauskas 3-Pointer: "I'm Back"

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How big is tonight’s No. 1 Michigan-No. 3 Indiana game? Not only is sole possession of first place in the Big Ten on the line, it marks just the fourth time top 3 Big Ten teams have ever met. So, yeah, it’s pretty big. But who will be the most important player on the outcome of the game, and why? I asked the question on Twitter, and you can see Big Ten fans’ responses in this post.

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Ex-B1G stars live tweet during Indiana-Michigan State game

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Indiana’s A.J. Guyton and Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves are some of the best players to wear their respective jerseys. During Sunday afternoon’s Michigan State-Indiana game at Assembly Hall, the two old rivals took to Twitter to interact about the big-time matchup that featured two one-loss Big Ten teams. See some of the highlights of their interactions in this post.

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Did You See This? Rodney Williams alley-oop

Rodney Williams

Rodney Wiliams "Brings it Down" Slam

Since his 360 slam in mid-December, Rodney Williams has been uncharacteristically quiet on the jaw-dropping dunk front. He’s had his share of slams (watch in our Dunk Archive), but nothing to the level we’re accustom to. That changed Wednesday at Northwestern, when Williams was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop. To be honest, the pass, from Joe Coleman, might have been as pretty as the dunk. Watch it now.

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Floor to mouth: Craft disgusts Michigan State fans

Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft: A Big Believer in the 5-Second Rule

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Earlier this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean dropped a piece gum on the court and put it right back in his mouth (watch it here). To be fair, as Crean later tweeted, it was a fresh piece that he fumbled in the process of putting in his mouth. The five-second rule applies there. But what about a wet mouthpiece that rests on the floor for several seconds?

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Twitter: OK, now 15-1 Minnesota is for real

Minnesota Huddle

Rodney Williams With the Flush

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Heading into Wednesday night’s game at No. 13 Illinois, No. 10 Minnesota still had its doubters. This was, for the most part, the same team that missed the NCAA tournament last season. So, it was only normal that it would have naysayers despite a 14-1 record, the lone loss coming to No. 1 Duke abroad.

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Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

Last night, it was Sam Thompson putting A.J. Hammons on a poster (Watch it). Wednesday night, it was Brandon Paul doing it to Trevor Mbakwe. Paul’s posterizing flush was as impressive as any we’ve seen this year, but it also was a little controversial. The Illini senior was called for a charge on the play, and yet the bucket counted. Maybe because the dunk was just THAT good? Watch the slam now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Did You See This? Hardaway one-handed dunk

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Hardaway One-Handed Dunk

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No. 2 Michigan came up with more than its share of highlights (watch all of them) during Sunday’s victory over Iowa. None, however, were bigger than Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s terrific one-handed slam. In transition, Hardaway Jr. outraced several Hawkeyes down the floor, took the pass from Trey Burke, and threw it down over Iowa’s Eric May. Watch the dunk here, and see some Twitter reaction in this post.

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Did You See This? MarQueis Gray gets married

MarQueis Gray

The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football - Episode 9 (Segment 3)

Minnesota senior MarQueis Gray will have no trouble remembering what he did on 12/12/12. The quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback-turned-receiver got married Wednesday. Gray tweeted a picture of the happy couple, with the message: “Thanks everyone for the best wishes!! From the newlywed couple @MissAlleyBehr and myself!!” See the picture in this post.

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Minnesota's Tubby Smith wins No. 500

Minnesota’s Tubby Smith notched his 500th career coaching victory in Saturday night’s 71-57 win at Southern Cal. A 22-year coaching veteran, Smith’s also been the head man at Tulsa (79 wins), Georgia (45) and Kentucky (263), where he won the 1998 national title in his first season in Lexington. Smith is 113-65 in five-plus season in Minneapolis, and he owns a career 500-210 clip.

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Twitter: The tweets on Purdue's Darrell Hazell

Oct 13, 2012; West Point, NY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes head coach Darrell Hazell watches the game against the Army Black Knights during the second half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Darrell Hazell One-on-One Interview

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Purdue made it official Wednesday night, introducing Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach. A former Ohio State assistant, Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired last month after four seasons. As previously reported, Hazell will coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6, 2013, and come to West Lafayette for good the following day. Check out some of the tweets on Hazell in this post.

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Twitter: Bret Bielema leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas

Bret Bielema

Gerry DiNardo on Bielema's Move to Arkansas

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Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post.

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Twitter: Big Ten fans react to Heisman finalists

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) shakes hands with fans on his way into the stadium before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller Talks Offensive Player of the Year Honor

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The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008.

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Twitter: Boilers react to Danny Hope firing

Purdue fired football coach Danny Hope on Sunday. In four seasons as the head man, Hope went 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten. With Saturday’s win over Indiana, he got the Boilermakers (6-6) to their second consecutive bowl game. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough. Several of Hope’s players went to Twitter to react to the news. See some the tweets in this post.

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What to do with Big Ten divisions?

Jim Delany

Dave Revsine Talks with Commissioner Jim Delany

As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.

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Minnesota WR A.J. Barker tweets he's quit team

A.J. Barker

Shortell Hits Barker for the TD

Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker tweeted Sunday that he had quit the football team and plans to transfer. Barker, a junior, is Minnesota’s leading receiver in every major statistical category, with 30 receptions, 577 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing the last three games due to an ankle injury. See Barker’s tweet in this post.

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