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

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. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule ] 1. Michigan State at Michigan, Feb. 23. Outside of Duke-North Carolina and

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

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? According to’s Jeff Goodman, it is all about coaching. Goodman recently put together a list of the top 25 X’s and O’s coaches in America, and Tom Izzo topped the list, followed immediately by Michigan’s John Beilein at No. 2. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and Indiana’s Tom Crean came in at No. 13 and 14, respectively. The list

Dienhart: My most important Week 1 Big Ten games

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. 1. Northern Illinois at Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ struggles are well-documented. Iowa has gone from 11 wins in 2009 to eight, to seven to four. You don’t need to have a degree in statistics to see the trend

SI preseason poll: Spartans surprise, Huskers left out

Will Ohio State jump defending National Champion Alabama in any publication’s preseason college football top 25 poll? The chances are looking slim for the Buckeyes as Sports Illustrated released its preseason top 25 poll, and Urban Meyer’s team came in at No. 4, behind Alabama, Stanford and Texas A&M. [ Preseason college football top 25] Buckeye nation can’t be happy with that, and after coming off a perfect 12-0 2012 season and featuring one of the top returning offenses in the country, can you really blame them? But Ohio State being ranked at No. 4 certainly isn’t the only

Phil Steele releases 2013 Initial Power Ratings

The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team. [ 2013 Initial Power Ratings ] Before you get too upset, understand that this is just one of Steele’s nine sets of power ratings. He refers to

Vote & watch the Top 10 Big Ten games of 2012

To help Big Ten fans get ready for the 2013 football season, BTN/BTN2Go will air the top 10 games of 2012, starting with No. 10 on Friday, Aug. 2, and finishing with No. 1 on Sunday, Aug. 11. All games will air at 8 p.m. ET. What was your favorite game of 2012? We provided a poll below with 20 of our favorites, from Michigan State’s season-opening victory over Boise State to Northwestern’s historic bowl win over Mississippi State. TOP 10 FOOTBALL GAMES OF 2012 COUNTDOWN DAY (8 p.m. ET) MATCHUP Game No. 10 Friday, Aug. 2 TBA Game No.

Athlon Sports ranks top 300 fantasy college players just conducted a very brief 2013 Big Ten football mock draft. Tuesday, Athlon Sports released it top 300 college fantasy football players. As expected, there are plenty of Big Ten players listed, headlined by Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (No. 4). See the full Big Ten list in this post. [ College Fantasy Football: Top 300 for 2013 ] 4. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 17. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 26. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern 45. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska 46. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 74. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 88. Donnell Kirkwood, RB, Minnesota 93. Jeremy Top 50 most talented college players

The best teams typically have plenty of NFL talent. Knowing that, you’ll want to check out this post from Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network. The former NFL scout has ranked his top 50 most talented players in college football—regardless of class. [ RELATED: View’s fantasy football mock draft ] South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is No. 1. No shock there. The highest ranked Big Ten player is Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan at No. 9. Of course, Lewan almost turned pro after last season. The only other Big Ten players on Jeremiah’s list are Ohio State CB

Dienhart: Ranking top 10 opposing Big Ten quarterbacks

It’s important to know your opponent—especially your opponent’s quarterback. You know how it goes: A team typically will go only as far as its quarterback is able to take it. Well, here’s my ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks that Big Ten teams will face in the non-conference this season. 1. Brett Hundley, UCLA (at Nebraska, Sept. 14) Nebraska got an up-close look at him last year when he was a redshirt freshman; and it wasn’t pretty for the Huskers. Hundley threw for 305 yards and four scores and ran for 53 yards in leading the Bruins to a 36-30

Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Defense since 2000

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Yesterday, I looked at the best of the best offensive players in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. Next up: Defense. Before I get to the list, I have a couple rules:  1. A player had to play at least two seasons to be considered; 2. Nebraska players prior to 2011 are not eligible. [ RELATED: See Dienhart’s All-Big Ten Offense since 2000 ] DEFENSE