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Today's links: Battle for tourney seeds tightens up

Cody Zeller

Big Ten Blast: March 4th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Losses Sunday by Michigan State at Michigan and Wisconsin at home to Purdue allowed the Indiana Hoosiers to clinch at least a share of their first Big Ten championship since 2002. Indiana can claim its first outright league title since—are you ready for this?—1993 if it wins one of its last two games: vs. Ohio State on Tuesday and at Michigan on Sunday. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star says it has been quite a ride for a program that was 1-17 in Big Ten play as recently as 2009.

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Today's links: Spin around the Big Ten headlines

Derrick Nix

Big Ten Blast: March 1st Morning Edition

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s fall from grace has been swift and stunning. In their last seven games, the Wolverines are 3-4. Big Ten title and NCAA No. 1 seed dreams basically vaporized in that shock-the-world loss at Penn State. Before things careen totally out of control, Trey Burke insists changes are needed for a team that 28 days ago was No. 1 in the nation. But I’m not sure how much can be changed at this point. It’s March 1, for crying out loud!

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Today's links: Another day, another upset

Tim Hardaway Jr. & Jermaine Marshall

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 28th Morning Update

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Please forgive John Beilein if he doesn’t want to get out of bed this morning. You see, his No. 4 Michigan team suffered arguably the biggest upset of the college season last night, falling 84-78 to a Penn State squad that was 0-14 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were done in by a variety of issues. Trey Burke felt a lack of heart was the culprit in a defeat that likely kills any hope the Wolverines had of winning a share of the Big Ten title for a second season in a row. And a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney? It’s probably toast, too, after the Wolverines blew a 15-point second-half lead.

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Big Ten links: On IU, hoops race & football updates

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 26th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Should Indiana be on upset alert tonight when it plays at Minnesota? Hmmm. Maybe. Let’s start daily links there. The Hoosiers withstood a furious Minny rally to take an 88-81 victory back in January. But the Golden Gophers are struggling, having lost eight of the last 11 games and dropping their last two by an average of 23.5 points.

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Monday links: Surf these Big Ten headlines

Trey Burke

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 25th Afternoon Update

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Gotta start daily links with Michigan and its impressive victory over Illinois on Sunday. The Wolverines flexed their muscles by thumping the Illini, 71-58. And in the process, Trey Burke surpassed the 1,000-point club. He is just the seventh Wolverine to turn the trick in less than two seasons.

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Big Ten links: Could IU's Oladipo go No. 1 overall?

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 22nd Morning Edition

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Self-important, fast-talking, arm-waving weather people who predicted a massive Midwest snow storm yesterday called “Winter Storm Q”? Over-hyped. Indiana hoops? Not over-hyped. That’s why the Hoosiers get the lead in my daily links. Michigan guard Trey Burke agrees with me on the formidable Hoosiers. In fact, he says Indiana is the best team the Wolverines have played this season, and another expert says Victor Oladipo’s NBA stock is rising.

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Today's links: Hunker down with hoops headlines

John Groce

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 21st Morning Edition

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Please forgive me for any errors in daily links as I fret about the impending doom and havoc an on-coming snow/ice storm surely will bring to the Midlands. Time to race to my local Piggly Wiggly for eggs, bread and milk because, well, that’s what people do in times like this—make French toast, and worry.

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Today's links: What does Hoosiers' big win mean?

Cody Zeller & Derrick Nix

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 20th Morning Update

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

No edition of daily links on this morning could start anywhere but with last night’s big Indiana 72-68 win at Michigan State. The victory ended a miserable 17-game losing skid for the No. 1 Hoosiers at Michigan State. But, more importantly, it put Indiana alone in first place in the Big Ten and in firm control of its destiny. In fact, it will take a big flop by the Hoosiers for them not to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2002 back when IU lost the national title game to Maryland. Games remain at Minnesota; vs. Iowa; vs. Ohio State; at Michigan.

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Today's links: Experts abuzz over big game

Denzel Valentine

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 19th Morning Edition

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a big game tonight in East Lansing, as No. 1 Indiana visits No. 5 Michigan State. So, let’s start our daily links right there. The good news for the Hoosiers is that play star guard Victor Oladipo will play after hurting an ankle in the last game. Good thing, because IU will need him.

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Monday's web links: Oladipo & Hawkeyes, Illini's NCAA hopes

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 19th Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After a less-than-scintillating Sunday of hoops—Who knew Penn State-Michigan would be the best game?–let’s hope Tuesday’s huge Indiana and Michigan State game lives up to the hype. So, I’m gonna jump ahead and start daily links there.

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Today's links: Experts assess Big Ten teams

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. I can’t find a juicier way to open daily links than with a string of recent quotes from Michigan State’s Derrick Nick. Here’s just one gem:  “I just feel like Michigan State is always the underdog and we don’t get the credit we deserve.” What? There’s plenty more like that right here. The Michigan State beat writers thank you, Derrick.

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Today's links: Spin through Big Ten's headlines

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Indiana

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 14th Morning Edition

Seeing as how this is Valentine’s Day, I’ll start with this heart-warming tale of the enduring marriage of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and his wife Rebecca. OK. My Valentine’s Day obligations have been met. On to the daily links, including a look at an uphill fight for Ohio State, an update on the slipping Gophers, an uptick for the Illini, and more.

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Big Ten links: Experts weigh in on Big Ten race

Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 13th Morning Edition

Humbled. Embarrassed. Can you think of any other words to describe No. 4 Michigan after it was shellacked at No. 8 Michigan State 75-52 last night? Credit the mighty Spartans, who looked like a No. 1 team in the nation last night. Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal notes: The Spartans put it all together at the perfect time. Yes, that sounds about right.

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Today's links: All eyes on Battle of Michigan

MSU fan

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 12th Morning Edition

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

In case you live under a rock, I am here to tell you that there’s a big, big game tonight, with No. 4 Michigan playing at No. 8 Michigan State. So, work rules dictate that I start daily links there. Spartans coach Tom Izzo is worried about Wolverine point man Trey Burke. What coach wouldn’t be? Izzo thinks Burke controls the game better than any Big Ten player in a long, long, time.

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Today's links: Here comes Spartans vs. Wolverines

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 11th Afternoon Update

Get ready to hear a lot about it: Michigan and Michigan State play on Tuesday in what easily is the biggest game of the week in the Big Ten. Heck, I’m gonna call it the “Game of the Year.” Why? Because I can. So, let’s start daily links here. Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com say history rarely has seen both programs playing at a very high level at the same time … until now. That makes this clash even juicer.

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Big Ten links: Win brightens Illini tourney hopes

Tyler Griffey

Indiana at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The denizens of Champaign-Urbana (Chambana to the hip natives) woke up this morning dreaming of the NCAA tourney. Why not? Illinois’ stunning 74-72 defeat of No. 1 Indiana last night has breathed life into what was listing team and set off a party on Green Street.

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Today's links: Writers assess Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day 2013! It’s the day every coach fills every need in a recruiting class that’s loaded with promising prospects with big futures. Smiles abound and big dreams are encouraged. So, let’s begin Wednesday’s links there. How did Ohio State’s highly ranked recruiting class come together? Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells you right here.

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Tuesday's links: Big Ten race, Sheehey & tonight's big game

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Big game tonight, with Ohio State at Michigan. So, let’s start daily links right there. It’s the first meeting between the schools in which each is ranked in the Top 10. So, naturally, it’s one of the biggest meetings ever between the football rivals on the hardwood. The Buckeyes won the first meeting, taking a 56-53 decision in Columbus. Expect another tight game tonight.

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Today's links: Breaking down weekend's big clash

Cody Zell;er

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 4th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten is still abuzz over the battle between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana. The Hoosiers impressed in victory. And a big reason for the win was freshman point man Yogi Ferrell. The kid is proving to be every bit as special as anticipated. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star points out that Ferrell nailed a few early three-pointers and played good defense on Wolverines star Trey Burke—among other things. If Ferrell keeps it up, the Hoosiers will be very deadly in March, when guard play matters even more.

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Today's links: Writers abuzz over big game

Will Sheehey

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 1st Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend is all about No. 1 Michigan’s visit to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night in this year’s first “Game of the Year.” And the hype and analysis already has begun—rightly so. It’s a battle for first place in the Big Ten and position atop the polls. Could this be a Final Four preview? Hmmm. Let’s begin this Harbaugh-free edition of daily links right there.

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Today's links: Michigan, Indiana showdown ahead

Nik Stauskas

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 31st Afternoon Update

No. 1 Michigan took care of business in emphatic fashion vs. Northwestern last night to become the first Big Ten team to the 20-win mark. So, I’m gonna start daily links there, OK? Not impressed by the Wolverines’ thumping of the Wildcats? Well, you had to be wowed by how No. 3 Indiana destroyed Purdue by 37 points, giving the Boilermakers their worst home loss … ever.

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Today's links: Boilermakers vs. Hoosiers tonight

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Super Wednesday, America. That means two games on BTN, including No. 3 Indiana at Purdue, one of the best rivalries in college sports. The Hoosiers want to remain in the Big Ten title hunt, while the Boilermakers are fighting for their postseason life and need all the quality wins they can muster. Let’s start daily links there.

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Today's links: On challenges, polls & ticking clocks

Sam Thompson

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 29th Afternoon Update

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret. In fact, it’s well-known to anyone who watches Big Ten hoops: Ohio State’s sophomores need to step up if the Buckeyes want to have a big season. Let’s begin daily links right there, since Ohio State has a big home game tonight vs. Wisconsin.

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