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Dienhart: Expect unexpected in final week

Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III Game Winner

This is it, the last week of Big Ten action. And, that means one thing: Expect the unexpected. As for the title chase, there isn’t much drama left, as Michigan already has wrapped up at least a share of the championship. Other schools are looking to enhance their NCAA resumes.

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B1G Whiteboard: Who's on upset alert this week?

Devyn Marble

Iowa Basketball Card Stunt

There isn’t a marquee matchup this week, but there are some interesting subplots to follow as we hit the homestretch of the season. Among them: Iowa. The Hawkeyes will play three games this week, traveling to Minnesota and Indiana while playing host to Purdue. That’s three games in five days. How will the Hawkeyes respond to this grueling run?

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Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

Tai Webster

Penn State at Nebraska - Top Plays

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy.

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B1G Whiteboard: Michigan-MSU again, anyone?

Nik Stauskas

B1G Rewind - Feb. 16, 2014

By all accounts, this week lacks much pizzazz. The one saving grace: The menu features what looks to be a de facto Big Ten championship game on Sunday, with Michigan State visiting Michigan. Both teams are coming off home losses Sunday – outcomes that have opened up the Big Ten title race. As a result, Iowa is one loss behind the co-leaders and has a big week.

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B1G Whiteboard: Setting the stage for this week

Sam Thompson

Traevon Jackson Jumper for the Win

An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Can't wait for MSU at Iowa

Denzel Valentine

B1G Rewind - Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Can we just hurry up and get to Tuesday? Why, you ask? Because that’s when Michigan State plays at Iowa in what is the best matchup of the week. And that’s one of two big games for MSU in what shapes up as a big week for the ailing Spartans as we chug toward the halfway point of the conference season. Here’s a look at what to watch for this week.

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B1G Whiteboard: Big week ahead for Michigan

Jon Horford

Caris LeVert Heads-Up Play, And-1

Another week, another raft of games that will go a long way toward shaping the Big Ten race. And this much is becoming clearer: Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa are the teams to beat. Speaking of the Big Ten’s holy trinity, it’s a big week for Michigan. BIG week. Here’s a look at the week that’s on our doorstep.

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B1G Whiteboard: Can Hoosiers solve Badgers?

Yogi Ferrell & Sam Dekker

Illinois at Northwestern - Top Plays

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to begin Week Three of the Big Ten season. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan are unbeaten in conference play, while Iowa is coming on. And you know Ohio State will dig in after suffering back-to-back losses. There are no Titanic clashes but some that will go a long way toward shaping this Big Ten race.

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B1G Whiteboard: Who else is pumped for OSU-MSU?

Gary Harris

Michigan State at Indiana - Top Plays

One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Let's get ready for Big Ten play!

Austin Hollins

Austin Hollins Catches No-Look Pass and Dunks

The calendar is about to flip from 2013 to 2014. And the hoops season is about to flip from non-conference play to Big Ten action. For the most part, that means good-bye to games vs. East Timbuktu State. Thank, goodness. And the first week of full-bore league action features some interesting and intriguing matchups. Here’s what to look for in my first edition of Whiteboard.

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Big Ten primer: Is it Tuesday night yet?

Tom Izzo & Derrick Nix

Adreian Payne Dunks With Authority

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes will be on Michigan State (22-4 overall; 11-2 Big Ten) this week. If the Spartans can beat Indiana (23-3; 11-2) and Ohio State (18-7; 8-5), they will be in control of the Big Ten race as we head toward the home stretch.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Who's on upset alert this week?

Joseph Bertrand

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Three of arguably the best games this season have involved Michigan: The Wolverines at Wisconsin; Ohio State at Michigan; the Wolverines at Indiana. There may be a fourth involving the Wolverines this week, as they travel to Michigan State in what is the biggest game of the week.

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Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

Tom Crean

Oladipo: Out of The Gate With a Dunk

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This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten.

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Latest look at the week ahead in men's basketball

Tom Izzo

Indiana at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another slate of big games in the Big Ten, which has five Top 25 teams this week: No. 2 Michigan; No. 7 Indiana; No. 12 Minnesota; No. 13 Michigan State; No. 14 Ohio State. Illinois dropped out, while Wisconsin looked poised to join the ranks of the ranked after winning at Indiana on Tuesday but then lost at Iowa on Saturday.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Another big week in Big Ten hoops

Bo Ryan

Slam Dekker: Great One-Handed Dunk

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How can you top last week in the Big Ten, which saw Minnesota play at Indiana and Michigan travel to Ohio State? You can’t. Still, this week has some nice matchups. The top tilt is Michigan’s trip to Minnesota. But there also is Wisconsin at Indiana on Tuesday and Ohio State at Michigan State on Saturday, making this another key week in the Big Ten schedule.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Gophers return to Assembly Hall(s)

Rodney Williams & Jared Swopshire

Welch and Ellenson: Back-to-Back Dunks

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Buckle up, this is gonna be a big week, a week that goes a long way toward determining the early pecking order of a Big Ten race that should be spectacular. And, know this: The team that can win road games is going to win the Big Ten. So, here’s the formula: go unbeaten at home; and go 6-3 or 5-4 on the road. That should get you at least a share of the Big Ten championship.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Huge week for Hawkeyes

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble (4) shoots the ball against Virginia Tech Hokies forward Jarell Eddie (31) during the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten takes the lid off of conference action this week. Now, we really will discover what these teams are made of. The Chicago States, Slippery Rocks, North Floridas, Bryants and Nebraska-Omahas are being replaced with trips to places like Bloomington, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Champaign and Minneapolis.

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Dienhart: Previewing the final week

Ohio State Starting Lineups

Derrick Nix Steal, Break-Away Slam

The last week of the regular season is here. Where’s the drama? Michigan State already has sewn up at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh Big Ten title thanks to the Spartans pushing their winning streak to seven and Ohio State and Michigan both losing—at home, no less—over the weekend (standings). Michigan State can claim the outright title with a win at Indiana on Tuesday, potentially taking any remaining pizzazz out of that season-ending visit to East Lansing by Ohio State.

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Dienhart: Setting the stage for the week ahead

Adreian Payne & Robbie Hummel

Branden Dawson Windmill Dunk

With each passing week, Michigan State is looking more and more dominant. In fact, this past week may have been the Spartans’ best yet, dominating Wisconsin, 69-55, in East Lansing and whipping Purdue, 76-62, in West Lafayette. Michigan State is looking to maintain its one-game lead this week, playing at Minnesota and playing host to Nebraska. Neither game looks threatening to the Spartans, but they must remain vigilant against a letdown.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Kelsey Barlow with a poster dunk

With Michigan State’s huge—and surprisingly convincing–win at Ohio State on Saturday, the Big Ten title chase has become a jumbled four-team race (standings). The Spartans and Buckeyes are tied at the top with 9-3 league marks, while the Wolverines are one half-game behind, at 9-4, and the Badgers are one game behind, at 8-4.

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Dienhart: My Guide to this Week in Hoops

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Northwestern at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items.

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