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Big Ten links: Let the NCAA Tournament games begin

Mar 16, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines players walk off the court after the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the First Four of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Dayton Arena. Michigan won 67-62.

Michigan advances to Friday's round

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After Michigan’s First Four win, more Big Ten men’s teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we’ve got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday’s news digest now.

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Big Ten links: What would a 68-team football bracket look like?

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If college football had a 68-team tourney like men’s hoops, how would the bracket look? Which big name reportedly interviewed for the Rutgers’ men’s basketball job? What kind of good news did Minnesota fans get recently? Let’s dive into Wednesday’s Big Ten football and basketball news digest.

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Big Ten links: Buzz over low seeds as tourney approaches


Who does Jon Crispin see winning it all?


So the day after Selection Sunday and people still feel the Big Ten got slighted in the seeding. That’s why they play the games. Spin through our Tuesday Big Ten headlines roundup for the linksm, then watch and see who BTN analyst Jon Crispin picks to win it all.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's football headlines

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Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten – can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.

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Big Ten links: Report says Badgers prep long-term offer for Gard

Mar 2, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Wisconsin Interim Head Coach Greg Gard talks with his team as they play the Minnesota Gophers in the second half at Williams Arena. Wisconsin wins 62-49.

Highlights: Gard, Badgers roll past Gophers

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There is a report that Wisconsin is preparing an offer to Greg Gard for the full-time job. Did you see the Ivy League has removed hitting from football practice? And it looks like Michigan has a new position for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabril Peppers. Get caught up on Thursday links in today’s news digest.

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Big Ten links: Indiana's title tops Wednesday's headlines recap

Mar 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean and the Hoosiers bench react during the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana won 81-78.

Tom Crean talks to his team after the win

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Indiana clinching the men’s basketball title means Tom Crean should be Coach of the Year. Iowa’s lost four in a row, so what is going on? Michigan’s Caris LeVert is shut down for the season, and Nebraska agreed to a home-and-home with a Big 12 powerhouse. Those are a few of the basketball and football headlines in today’s news digest.

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Big Ten links: Take a spin around Tuesday's latest headlines

Feb 24, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Khalil Iverson (21) shoots the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin won 67-59.

Check out these #BTNStandout plays

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Michigan State is two games behind first-place Indiana in men’s hoops, but are they best team in the nation? Bronson Koenig’s shooting is sparking Wisconsin. Spring football drills have begun at more schools. And we’ve got five pretty strong #BTNStandout plays from the last week in the video above, too. Dive in, read and watch, and get caught up.

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Big Ten links: Iowa's struggles, Big Ten football updates & more

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What on god’s green earth is wrong with Iowa? The Hawkeyes are letting a Cinderella season derail from the tracks, losing three in a row and four of five. It’s threatening to torpedo the program’s quest for its first Big Ten title since 1978-79. Jarrod Uthoff addresses the team’s confidence after a gut-punch loss at Ohio State on Sunday in this video.

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Big Ten links: Could Indiana's Yogi Ferrell make a run at MVP?

Indiana at Rutgers

Ferrell, Indiana roll through Illinois

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In today’s Big Ten news digest, our writer wonders: If Indiana wins the Big Ten, could Yogi Ferrell be the league’s Player of the Year? Also, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo isn’t worried about the Hall of Fame, we have a deeper look at the additions to Nebraska’s football team, and one NFL GM is gushing over Ohio State’s draft class. Let’s get to the latest headlines …

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Big Ten links: Catch up with Thursday's news digest

In Thursday’s Big Ten headlines digest, we”ve got the following stories: Jerry Kill won’t have a role with the Minnesota athletic department. Ever wonder which Big Ten players ran the fastest 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine since 1999? Michigan Jim Harbaugh responded to another SEC coach. And here’s one idea for streamlining the football recruiting process. Read on.

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Big Ten links: Denzel Valentine, Iowa players-only meeting & more

Feb 23, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) speeds past Ohio State Buckeyes center Daniel Giddens (4) during the second half at Value City Arena. The Spartans won 81-62. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State runs away from Ohio State

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Good to see Michigan State promoting Denzel Valentine for postseason honors by sending out a trinket. And, it’s a perfect embodiment of the versatile Valentine: a multi-purpose tool that includes a small knife, flashlight and bottle opener. It is green and includes Valentine’s name, number, and the Spartans’ logo.

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Big Ten links: Big hoops upset, spring football news & more

Feb 17, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers reacts to a call against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Watch Pat Chambers talk about the win

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Penn State scores a big win over Iowa. Nebraska announces the spring football date. What’s all this about a former Penn State football player’s tattoo? And Ohio State’s strength coach talks about the football team’s progress. Read our Thursday Big Ten news digest now.

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Big Ten links: Read Friday's hoops & football headlines digest

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In men’s hoops, Indiana turned some head by dropping No. 4 Iowa while Penn State is set up for a run at the postseason. In football, The NCAA is proposing new video reviews of targeting fouls. And one Big Ten athletic director announces he is stepping down. Read all about that and more in Friday’s headlines digest.

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Big Ten links: Do these 4 teams have tourney title shot?

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Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News takes a look at 16 teams that could win it all in March. Stewart Mandel of has built his dream football coaching staff. Who made the cut? And attention Penn State: There might just be a new “Linebacker U” in town. Catch up on Thursday’s Big Ten basketball and football headlines.

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Big Ten links: Nothing wrong about spring football drills in Florida

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is taking his football team down south for spring practices, and it’s causing a bit of a stir. Also, we’ve got a few more recruiting updates from a variety of Big Ten football teams. And could a really fast Big Ten football player win a really big prize at the upcoming NFL Combine? Dive into Wednesday’s Big Ten headlines.

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Big Ten links: Caleb Swanigan effect, NU postseason & more

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Big game tonight at Purdue with Michigan State in town. Graham Couch has an interesting take. If you recall, Boiler star big man Caleb Swanigan originally committed to Michigan State … but flipped to Purdue. Had he landed in East Lansing, it may have disrupted the development of Matt Costello and Deyonta Davis. You see … everything happens for a reason.

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