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Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Damon Bullock

James Morris With a Huge Pick

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength.

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Athlon: Where does your Big Ten stadium rank?

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

When it comes to ranking things in sports, few topics get more reaction, both positive and negative, than stadium/arena lists. Athlon Sports is certain to receive its share of responses today after releasing its Big Ten football stadium rankings. That’s not to say the list is wrong – just that college fans are very passionate about their teams’ home, traditions.

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Which school had best 2012-13 B1G athletic year?

This is interesting. From the JournalStar.com, here is the composite Big Ten 2012-13 standings, showing the average finish among each school’s men’s and women’s teams. A big year for Michigan, which is on a roll. The Wolverines took Big Ten titles in softball, men’s gymnastics, women’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s swimming. Wait until the football team really gets it going.

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Ranking 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games

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Georgia Tech at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

It’s time to talk the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The event might be six-plus months away, but the 2013 matchups were released Wednesday afternoon. This year’s event is Dec. 3-4, with six games each night, and it features first-year ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

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Spartans surprise in SI.com's latest power rankings

Former BTN contributor and current SI.com writer Andy Staples released his post-spring power rankings Tuesday. Most interesting of note, perhaps, is Michigan State’s placement. Staples put the Spartans, who went 7-6 last season and lost star RB Le’Veon Bell and several others, at No. 14. That’s two spots higher than rival Michigan, if you were wondering.

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How many B1G stars made Athlon's top 50 RB's of BCS era?

Pick an era, and the Big Ten boasts a steep collection of standout running backs. The BCS era (since 1998) is no exception. There’s Ron Dayne, Chris Perry and Damien Anderson, to name a few. According to a recent AthlonSports.com countdown, the Big Ten is home to nine of college football’s top 50 running backs of the BCS era.

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Like guards? You'll love the Big Ten in 2013-14

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Gary Harris Throws a Dunk Down For the Spartans

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You can never underestimate the importance of strong guard play, and based on the names returning in 2013-14, the Big Ten will have plenty of it next season. To be honest, one could fill an All-Big Ten Team with guards alone. But the talent isn’t just at the top. It’s deep. Very deep. Check it out.

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Meyer, Fitzgerald lead B1G in SN coach rankings

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Sporting News’ Matt Hayes released his complete ranking of every college football coach Monday, and a pair of Big Ten coaches landed the top 10. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer came in at No. 2, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban, while Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald checked in at No. 8. See where every Big Ten coach is ranked in this post.

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5 alive: Ranking top Big Ten duos still in action

Victor Oladipo & Cody Zeller

Oladipo to Zeller for the Dunk

Five Big Ten teams remain alive in the postseason. There’s Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney, and there’s Iowa in the NIT quarterfinals. All five teams – like most teams in action this time of year – boast terrific 1-2 punches. See how I rank the Big Ten’s remaining duos in this post.

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Let's see these NCAA games: IU-MSU, please

Michigan State's "Hyper Elite" alternate

Victor Oladipo Block

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Technically, the NCAA tourney tipped off Tuesday night. But with a pair of Big Ten teams set to open the Big Dance on Thursday, it’s time to consider the best Big Ten NCAA matchups we may see in this year’s tourney.

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Video: Top 10 dunks of the 2012-13 season

Rodney Williams

Payne Dunks on Nebraska

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Sam Thompson and Rodney Williams are the biggest names when it comes to Big Ten dunkers, but the conference has a deep pool of high-flyers. Even usually dunk-starved Wisconsin got in on the act, finishing the season with some of the most impressive slams. Check out my top 10 dunks from the 2012-13 season in this post. And here’s my non-dunk countdown.

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Video: Top 10 plays (non-dunks) of 2012-13 season

Tyler Griffey

Hulls Cans a Deep Three-Pointer

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What a season, huh? It might not even be hyperbole to say it was one of the best we’ve seen. From the Big Ten dominating the national polls to the countless upsets to the incredible finishes, the 2012-13 season is one we won’t soon forget. There also were more than our share of memorable plays. I rank the top ones (non-dunks) in this post. I’ll have an all-dunk post later this week.

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Dienhart: My 2012-13 top 10 Big Ten games

Trevor Mbakwe

Michigan at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Putting together a list of the top 10 games of the 2013 Big Ten season is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. It’s impossible to do. But, I have attempted to select the best of the best from a regular season that left fans in a heap of exhaustion from an overdose of excitement and exhilaration. This truly was one of the Big Ten’s best seasons in more than 20 years—and it isn’t over yet!

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Power Rankings: Penn State breaks out of cellar

Brandon Taylor

Penn State Storms the Court

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long time coming, and with Penn State’s upset of then-No. 4 Michigan, coupled with Northwestern’s continued struggles, the Nittany Lions have broken out of the cellar in my latest Power Rankings.

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Power Rankings: Spartans fall in wake of 0-2 week

Aaron Craft & Travis Trice

Harris Drives In Aggressively For a Layup

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How tough is the Big Ten this season? A week ago, several people thought Michigan State might be the Big Ten’s top team. Today, following back-to-back losses, the Spartans land at No. 4 on my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Power Rankings: Surging Illini continue ascent

John Groce

Evans Dunks It Back In With Gusto

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Power Rankings: Hot again, Illinois moves on up

Tyler Griffey

Illinois Upsets No. 1 Indiana, Fans Rush Court

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Dienhart: Ranking the week's 11 games

Wisconsin Badgers

Dunks of the Week: February 5th, 2013

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The beat goes on in the Big Ten as we enter the second half of the season with Indiana sitting atop the polls for a second time this season. Three teams have a chance to make a statement this week: Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have their mettle tested by games at Illinois and at Ohio State.

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Power Rankings: Hoosiers make statement

Indiana Bench

Dunks of the Week: February 5th, 2013

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Fresh off an impressive week that included a rout at rival Purdue and an eight-point win over then-No. 1 Michigan, Indiana reclaims the top spot in my weekly Power Rankings. Where does your team land on my latest list? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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