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Meyer, Dantonio ranked in top 10 of coach rankings

Two Big Ten coaches land in the top 10 of SportingNews.com’s 2014 ranking the coaches. To little surprise, it’s Urban Meyer (No. 3) and Mark Dantonio (No. 9). For the curious minds, former Michigan State coach Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier top the list. See what the site says about Meyer and Dantonio, plus see where they rank the rest of the Big Ten’s 12 coaches, in this post.

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Ten B1G teams land on ESPN's Fab 50 for 2014-15

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Bo Ryan Feature

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post.

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Dienhart: Here are my final Big Ten hoops grades

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Stephen Bardo's Top Returning Big Ten Basketball Players

The dust has settled on another basketball season. And, it was a good one for the Big Ten, as three schools advanced to the Elite Eight (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State) and one made it to the Final Four (Wisconsin). Another won the NIT (Minnesota).

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SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Someone Get Mark Dantonio a Hat

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2.

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Merriman: Here's how I rank Big Ten's NCAA wins

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

There’s a reason they call it March Madness. No matter how hard we try to get it right every year, no matter how many times we pick a winner, change it, and then go back to it again, the NCAA tournament always leaves us with a bevy of unforeseen results. A 7 vs. 8 matchup in the championship game… Who could have possibly guessed that? But that’s what makes this tournament so enjoyable.

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Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

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Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles.

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ESPN lists Ohio State as nation's most stable program

Urban Meyer

2014 Signing Day - Ohio State

When talking about the Big Ten’s most consistent football programs, Ohio State is one school that certainly comes to mind. The Buckeyes have won 10-or-more games in nine of their past 12 seasons (went 12-1 in 2010 season, but wins were vacated), including six Big Ten Championships.

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Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

Indiana Hoosiers

Nebraska at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Highlights

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota.

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Ranking Big Ten schools on recruiting appeal

I was on a radio show in Omaha today and was asked to rank the top five Big Ten schools on their recruiting appeal. That got me thinking about how I would rank the schools 1-12 based on what they have to offer from a recruiting standpoint. Here is a fun, interesting exercise with Signing Day in our rear-view mirror.

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Ranking starting lineups for every Big Ten team

Traevon Jackson

Sam Dekker: One-on-One Interview

We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss.

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Watch our top 10 nonconference dunks

Sam Thompson

Traevon Jackson Dunk

With the conference hoops season set to tip, it’s time to consider BTN.com’s top 10 dunks from the nonconference season. See our complete list in this post. Did we miss one? Feel free to leave your favorite dunk in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Bardo: My top 5 Big Ten long-range shooters

3-pointer Art

Nik Stauskas Puts on Shooting Display

The nonconference season is about to give way to the conference season, and I can’t wait. Conference play, of course, means the competition will stiffen up – a lot – on a nightly basis. Buckets and open looks will be harder to come by. With that in mind, I decided to rank my top five long-range shooters. Based on stats, these are the guys I want taking deep shots for me.

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Bardo: Ranking Big Ten's top men's hoops assistants

It’s no secret that the Big Ten is home to some of the best and most respected basketball coaches in the nation. But all of them, from Tom Izzo to Bo Ryan, have trusted sidekicks who make them better every night. Here’s my ranking of the conference’s top hoops assistants.

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Bardo: My top 5 Big Ten dunkers are ...

Troy Williams

Best of Sam Thompson Dunk Montage

Victor Oladipo and Rodney Williams have moved on, but don’t think for a second that the Big Ten is lacking on highlight-reel dunkers. Sam Thompson is back, after all, as is Glenn Robinson III. Also, there’s plenty of new blood delighting Big Ten fans high above the rim. See Stephen Bardo’s top 5 dunkers in this post.

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NCAA: 'The Game' is No. 2 college football rivalry

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

What’s the biggest rivalry in college football? NCAA.com recently addressed the topic with a top 5 list. Its No. 1: Army vs. Navy. It’s the No. 2 game on the list, however, that Big Ten fans will find of interest: Michigan vs. Ohio State. Known as “The Game,” Michigan-Ohio State is the lone Big Ten rivalry to make the cut. See the full NCAA.com top 5 in this post.

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NCAA: Camp Randall among nation's loudest stadiums

Camp Randall Stadium

Jay Wilson and "Jump Around"

There’s no doubt Camp Randall Stadium is a wild and loud place. But, is it the Big Ten’s loudest stadium? It is, according to NCAA.com, which ranked Wisconsin’s home No. 4 in its top 5 loudest stadiums feature. Camp Randall was the lone Big Ten venue to make the list.

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Athlon Sports: Tom Izzo is nation's No. 1 hoops coach

Keith Appling & Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2012)

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It’s good to be Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball team. One day after the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook ranked the Spartans No. 1 in its preseason poll, Athlon Sports named Izzo the nation’s top college hoops coach. Neither result is much of a stunner, especially when one considers what the Spartans return and what Tom Izzo has done in his career.

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SN's DeCourcy puts 6 B1G teams in preseason top 25

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Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams.

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Dienhart: Ranking the non-con wins halfway through

Jeremy Gallon

Notre Dame at Michigan - Top Plays

We are halfway through the non-conference season. Can you believe it? And, so far, so good for the Big Ten, which has gone 21-3. The losses: Purdue at Cincinnati, 42-7; Iowa to Northern Illinois, 30-27; Indiana to Navy, 41-35. None of those are shameful. And there have been some impressive wins.

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Rank it: Top 10 Big Ten basketball games of 2013-14

Gary Harris

Burke Steals and Dunks To Clinch The Win

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Big Ten basketball fans were treated to some incredible games last season. To this day, we continue to talk about Wisconsin’s shot at the buzzer vs. Michigan to send the game to overtime; Illinois upsetting No. 1 Indiana; and Indiana’s late comeback win at Michigan to clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. What great matchups are in store for the upcoming season, you ask? Let’s find out as I rank my top 10 B1G games on the 2013-14 schedule.

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Izzo, Beilein top list of top 25 X's and O's coaches

Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo at the Final Four

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It is no secret to Big Ten fans that Michigan and Michigan State have restored one of the top in-state rivalries throughout college basketball over the past couple of seasons. But what is it that makes both of these programs so successful?

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Dienhart: My most important Week 1 Big Ten games

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

Iowa Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers.

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