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Did You See This? Big Ten Tonight Intro

If you’re a Michigan State or Wisconsin fan and you didn’t see Saturday night’s “Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report,” you missed the show’s dramatic intro. With the Spartans and Badgers wrapping up Big Ten spring action Saturday, BTN producers compiled an impressive montage that spotlighted the teams’ unforgettable 2011 meetings. From the last-second “Rocket” play in East Lansing, Mich., during the regular season to the memorable inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, both games are well represented. See video from Michigan State and Wisconsin’s spring games in this post.

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Sparty takes handoff in Michigan State spring game

Spring games are great because they give fans a glimpse into what their teams will look like in the fall. But, lets face it, the games lack the excitement and entertainment of a real game. Saturday’s Michigan State game had a moment of great entertainment, though. Mark Dantonio made sure of it, as he put Sparty, Michigan State’s chiseled mascot, in the backfield and dialed up a running play. Let’s just say no one will confuse Sparty with Le’Veon Bell, because the mascot struggled on the play, losing yards and putting the ball on the ground. To be fair, the defense was offside. Either way, it was a priceless moment.

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Did You See This? NU's "Dizzy Bat Race"

Ever watch something that leaves you feeling dizzy and nauseous? If not, a recent NUFootballFamily YouTube production will do the trick. We know, that’s not a very good sell for the video in this post. But believe us, the video is highly entertaining footage. It’s called “The Dizzy Bat Race,” a Northwestern spring tradition, and as you may have guessed, it involves football players spinning around baseball bats.

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Spring Game Central: Michigan

The Michigan football team hosted its annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines wore maize shoelaces to support Lace up for Michigan, a fund-raising effort initiated and run by Wolverine student-athletes with support of the school’s athletic dept. Watch Brandin Hawthorne’s impressive one-handed interception now and see photos, tweets and get all your Michigan spring coverage in this post.

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Spring Game Central: NU

The Northwestern football team held its annual spring football game Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. See tweets, get Northwestern spring coverage and watch our Northwestern highlights in this post. Also, check out Cameron Dickerson’s highlight-reel touchdown grab from Trevor Siemian now. Dickerson lost a shoe and had to shed a tackler en route to stretching his way into the end zone.

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Spring Game Central: Iowa

The Iowa football team held its controlled spring practice Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. Right now, watch Nico Law’s bone-crushing hit, one that was so powerful it dislodged running back Damon Bullock’s helmet. Good stuff. Also, in this post, watch highlights from Iowa’s spring practice, see tweets from the festivities and get all of your Iowa spring coverage.

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Aristide, Henry place second in Purdue election

It was a valiant effort, but Purdue’s Ishmael Aristide and Rob Henry fell short in their attempt to become student body president and vice president, respectively. The duo came in second in the school’s recent student government election. Last month, we published a post spotlighting the creative campaign. According to the Purdue Exponent, Joe Rust and Lexi Hiland won the election. Even though Aristide and Henry didn’t win, their campaign videos were great. Watch both spots in this post.

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Linemen + JUGS machine = Great Fun

Some things just don’t go together. You know, like, oil and water. Linemen and JUGS machines are right up there, too. The Northwestern football team put the combination to test at a recent spring practice, and a Tom Emanski instructional video it was not. No big surprise, right? Watch the highly entertaining NUFootballFamily YouTube video in this post.

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Kain Colter freestyles at Wildcat practice

Kain Colter’s versatility doesn’t stop on the football field. The do-it-all Wildcat can rap, too. Colter, who racked up 1,793 total yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns in 2011, showed off his freestyling skills at a recent Northwestern practice. For the record, Colter was mic’d up for the practice, so who knows if he was winging it. It sure seems like he was, though, based on his reaction: “I’m embarrassing myself. On national TV, I’m mic’d up. I can’t believe this!” Watch Colter’s rapping skills in an NUFootballFamily YouTube video in this post.

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Purdue Team's Invention A Joy To Watch

We’re taking a short respite from the usual sports updates to deliver this gem of a YouTube video from Purdue. Here’s the gist of it: Purdue students built a machine that involves 300 steps to blow up and pop a balloon. Watch it in this post and read more about the contest, too.

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Peep State: Bakery uses peeps to rival PSU gameday

There’s no denying it: Penn State fans love their football team. A local bakery takes the love affair to another level. With spring here and Easter just around the corner, Flour Box Bakery, located in Bellefonte, Pa., decorated 112 peeps to best resemble gameday at Beaver Stadium – err, Bunny Stadium, as they call it. The peeps include Coach Bill O’Peep, players decked out in simple uniforms, fans and band members. The best part: the stadium is made entirely out of cookie. Now, that’s a tasty treat. See all 12 peep pictures.

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Ohio State arrives home from Final Four

The Ohio State men’s basketball team had a terrific 2011-12 season, winning a share of its third consecutive Big Ten crown and advancing to the Final Four in New Orleans. While the Buckeyes fell to Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday (AP recap), the Ohio State faithful still greeted the team with a championship welcome home Sunday night at Value City Arena. Watch the team bus pull into the arena and hear the players thank the crowd in this post.

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Ohio State's Craft featured on regional SI cover

In the sports world, there’s no better magazine to have your mug on than Sports Illustrated. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft knows what it’s like. The Ohio State point guard is featured on this week’s Final Four regional-based cover.  On it, Craft has the ball and is in midair against Syracuse, with the headline: “Ohio State Keeps on Dancing.” The Buckeyes take on Kansas, which beat them earlier this season, Saturday in the second national semifinal.

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Time-lapse video of Indiana's Assembly Hall

No Big Ten basketball team had a better winning percentage at home during the 2011-12 season than Indiana (.947 percent), and a lot of the success can be attributed to the rabid fans who fill Assembly Hall every game. Even when Indiana was winning six games a season, the fans showed and gave their team a homecourt advantage. IUAthletics YouTube channel posted a cool time-lapse video of the school’s loyal fans, from the time the gates opened to just before tip. Watch the video in this post.

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Get your first look at 2012 Final Four court

The New Orleans Saints’ official Twitter account (@Saints) released photos of the 2012 Final Four court and other scenes around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of this year’s Final Four. So, if you’re interested, get your first look at the court Ohio State will be playing on Saturday night. Spoiler alert: It’s in the same design as all the NCAA tourney courts, only it’s green — two shades of it — where those courts are black, and it features the Final Four logo at midcourt. See pictures in this post.

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Purdue's Aristide Goes "Old Spice" on Purdue

Let’s say you were running for Student Body President — how would you separate yourself from the competition, make yourself stand out? Whatever you came up with, Purdue’s Ishmael Aristide just topped you. The safety is going all “Old Spice” on Purdue’s campus to promote his presidency and QB Rob Henry’s vice presidency. Watch Aristide’s spot, plus Henry’s, in this post.

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Hurwitz, Chmielewski Introduce the Illini

For most baseball games, the introduction of the starting line-up is unremarkable. But last Friday, Illinois freshman infielder Michael Hurwitz and senior pitcher Nick Chmielewski had a little fun on camera. The duo donned a couple of mustaches and got into character as they introduced the starting line-up for their game against Nebraska. Watch the entertaining video now and see another memorable lineup rendition from last season in this post. Which one is better? Cast your vote.

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Transfer QB O'Brien, in team jacket, attends PSU practice

Former Maryland QB Danny O’Brien visited Penn State again Monday as the Nittany Lions opened spring practice and the Bill O’Brien era. Of much interest, O’Brien, who also was in State College, Pa., a week ago, donned a Penn State jacket. What does this mean for the transfer who’s also visited Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin? Perhaps nothing more than it was cool and O’Brien needed another layer. See a picture of O’Brien and a relevant tweet in this post.

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7 years ago today: Illinois rallies, stuns Arizona

March 26, 2005, forever will hold a special place in Illinois men’s basketball fans’ hearts. It was on this day, after all, that the top-ranked Illini pulled off one of the more memorable comebacks in NCAA tourney history (AP recap). Down 15 points with four minutes left in the Chicago Regional final against No. 3 seed Arizona, Illinois rallied all the way back to force overtime, where it carded an unforgettable 90-89 victory. Watch a video of the unbelievable comeback in this post.

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Did You See This? Smith's swollen eye

Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. took a shot to the face in Saturday night’s Elite Eight win over Syracuse (AP recap), and the eye looks a lot worse than one that required only three stitches. See a picture of Smith’s swollen eye, courtesy of @OSUADAthComm, plus photos of the injury, in this post.

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IU recruit Ferrell gets must-see assist

Indiana commit Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a five-star point guard and the No. 17 overall player in his class, according to Rivals, had quite the (lucky) play in a recent state semifinal game for Park Tudor HS (Ind.). Let’s just say it was a heady pass, in that Ferrell left his feet, threw the ball off an opponent’s forehead, right to a teammate under the basket for an easy lay-up. Just as he planned it, right? Watch the video in this post.

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Did You See This? IU celebrates Sweet 16 berth

It’s been a while since Indiana made it to the Sweet 16. The year was 2002, to be exact, and the Hoosiers advanced all the way to the national title game, where they lost to Maryland. Considering that, plus the program’s recent struggles, it comes as no surprise that Indiana was in the celebrating mood following its exciting comeback victory over VCU on Saturday night (recap). Watch the Hoosiers celebrate their long-awaited Sweet 16 berth in this post.

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Did You See This? Bielema's Wedding Cake

The goal of Big Ten football teams every season is simple: Play in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin and Bret Bielema have had the honor of playing in the “Granddady of Them All” each of the past two seasons. While neither visit to Pasadena yielded a win, the lure of the rose is impossible to resist. As you can see from this photo, Bielema and his better half, Jennifer Hielsberg, incorporated his favorite flower into their wedding cake following Saturday’s private ceremony. Look at all those roses!

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Best of Gus: Purdue at No. 20 Indiana

Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Victor Oladipo’s drive and highlight-reel jam and get all of his call from Sunday’s Purdue-Indiana game in this post.

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Sullinger, Buford consecutive game-winning shots

Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy. Doing it in back-to-back games is even tougher. Doing it with game-winning shots in the final seconds twice, that’s incredibly rare. Ohio State would know. The Buckeyes needed Jared Sullinger’s bucket with less than four seconds left to win at Northwestern on Wednesday and William Buford’s ridiculous jumper with one tick left Sunday at Michigan State. The late wins were as clutch as any this season, as they helped Ohio State claim a share of the Big Ten crown, along with Michigan and Michigan State. Watch Buford’s shot now and see Sullinger’s in this post.

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