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Countdown to 2017: Top 10 #BTNStandout plays of 2016

The 2016 college football season featured plenty of drop-your-jaw Big Ten highlights. So much so, in fact, it made the process of ranking the top 10 plays a daunting undertaking.

Vote: #BestCatch of 2016 Big Ten Baseball Tournament

BTN announcers Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes debated the best catch of the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Tournament midway through the Ohio State-Michigan State semifinal Sunday morning. The two catches discussed were Minnesota CF Dan Motl and Michigan State RF Dan Chmielewski’s all-out diving grabs. Both were extremely impressive plays, the first of the over-the-head variety (watch it) and the second of the diving-near-the-foul-line variety (watch it). The debate made its way to Twitter, to the point that we decided to leave it up to the Big Ten fans. We synced the plays in the video above and provided a

VIDEO: Mason McCoy wins it for Iowa with a walk-off single

Iowa’s Mason McCoy had his biggest hit of the season on the biggest stage. The Hawkeyes’ junior outfielder hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Iowa to a 5-4 comeback victory over Ohio State in Friday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament. Iowa trailed OSU 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but the Hawkeyes put four runs on the board in the inning, highlighted by Devin Pickett’s pinch hit single to tie the game. It was Pickett’s first RBI of the season. After holding the Buckeyes scoreless in the top of the 10th, Iowa

#BTNStandout: Minnesota's Dan Motl makes incredible catch

There are good plays. There are great plays. And then there is the kind of play Minnesota centerfielder Dan Motl made in Wednesday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament opener against Iowa. [ MORE: Watch Wednesday’s Big Ten Tourney highlights ] Leading 5-0 in the top of the third inning, Iowa’s Eric Schenck-Joblinske drove a ball to deep center. But Motl ran back, reached out and made an incredible diving catch. Iowa went on to upset No. 1-seeded Minnesota, 8-2, but this was undoubtedly the play of the game, and possibly the play of the year in the Big Ten. Check out

Watch: Iowa 2B Mason McCoy dives to grab deflection off pitcher

There was a terrific highlight in the Michigan State-Iowa baseball game Sunday. It saw Iowa 2B Mason McCoy sprinting in and diving to catch a batted ball that deflected off pitcher Ryan Erickson. Watch it in this post.

Watch Jerome Baker haul in leaping one-handed interception

Big Ten fans might not see a better highlight in 2016 spring games than the one Jerome Baker executed in Ohio State’s annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Late in the third quarter, Baker made a terrific leaping one-handed interception to thwart a likely Gray scoring drive. As impressive as the one-handed catch was, the strength Baker showed in holding onto the ball as he hit the turf was even be better. Watch the highlight-reel play in the video above, and get more highlights from the

#BTNStandout: Michigan's Allison Skaggs nets spinning backhander

Water polo fan or not, one should have no trouble enjoying Allison Skaggs’ highlight goal Saturday. [ MORE: Watch our other favorite #BTNStandout plays ] Skaggs’ spinning backhander with 1:18 left in the second quarter was nothing short of extraordinary. Even better: It tied the score, at 4, and helped Michigan knock off heated rival Indiana, 11-8. Watch the incredible goal in the video above. Advice: Make sure to wait for the replays, because they are must-see stuff. *** [https://twitter.com/MichiganOnBTN/status/716324207177519104]

Video: Tony Butler ropes first HR, an extra-inning walk-off blast

Tony Butler came to the plate in extra innings Sunday afternoon as the owner of zero career home runs. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The former Virginia and Madison College infielder changed that with one powerful swing in Indiana’s 5-3 extra-inning win over instate foe Indiana State at Bart Kaufman Field. After bunting two balls foul, while attempting to advance the leadoff runner to second base, Butler faced a 1-2 count in the bottom of the 10th inning. No worries, the second baseman roped a shot into the Indiana bullpen over the left-field wall

#BTNStandout: Watch Jacob Bosiokovic's walk-off home run

Down to its last out, Ohio State needed some kind of heroics to stay alive. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] Two-hole hitter Jacob Bosiokovic had some heroics up his sleeve, all right, drilling a mammoth two-run walk-off home run to send Ohio State to a 5-4 victory over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon. The home run was Ohio State’s third long ball of the day, the first two of the solo variety, and it helped the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten-opening series. Watch Bosiokovic’s long blast and the Ohio State celebration in the video above.

Kelsey Mitchell scores Big Ten Tournament record 43 points

Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell could not miss on Friday night. Mitchell scored a Big Ten Tournament record 43 points to lead Ohio State to a 73-58 win over Rutgers on Friday night in a conference tournament quarterfinal matchup. “I was just trying to win,” Mitchell said following her record-setting performance. “I know how important it is to our team and to me, and even to the Ohio State family to make things happen for this program.” The Buckeyes will play Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinals. Check out the game wrap at the top of this post. Congrats, Kelsey. You have