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Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Oct 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer waits to lead his team onto the field before a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeats Indiana 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BTN talks with Urban Meyer

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up.

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Sweet 16 Preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Notre Dame

Mar 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Hill (11) and his teammates celebrate after the game in the first round against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 47-43. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin celebrates victory over Xavier

In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start.

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NCAA Tournament: Maryland tops South Dakota State

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins against South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits against Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Layman talks about Maryland's win

Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game.

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Feb 25, 2016; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (5) shoots defended by Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) and forward Juwan Morgan (13) during the first half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Indiana-Illinois highlight

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There is a week to go in the season, and Indiana already has clinched a share of the Big Ten title, by virtue of Ohio State upsetting No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night. Can the Hoosiers win the title outright? Or can someone grab a share of it?

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Dienhart: 10 most dominant Big Ten hoops teams in last 25 years

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Big Ten's Best Duos: Cleaves & Peterson

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With the Golden State Warriors in the midst of a potential record-breaking season as they take aim on the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 mark of 1995-96, I thought it would be fun to look back on what I think have been the most dominating Big Ten teams since 1990-91 … the last 25 years.

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Feb 20, 2016; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) runs up the floor after making a three point shot against the Purdue Boilermakers at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our No. 17 Purdue-No. 22 Indiana highlight

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An interesting rivalry week ends with Indiana riding atop the Big Ten. But Iowa and Maryland are just one-half game and one game off the pace, respectively. That said, could Michigan State be the best team in the Big Ten?

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Feb 13, 2016; College Park, MD, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard directs his team during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins  at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

BTN analysts discuss Diamond Stone ruling

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An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Football: Top non-conference games next season

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Got a case of the winter blahs? Missing your pigskin fix? Why not look ahead to the football season? No better way to prime the 2016 pump than by looking at the top seven non-conference games of the coming season, listed by date.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes emerge as Big Ten team to beat

Jan 14, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) is fouled by Michigan State Spartans forward Deyonta Davis (23) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

McCaffery, players reflect on big win

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The Big Ten season isn’t even halfway over, and the Hawkeyes have emerged today as the team to beat, according to BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart. But this is the Big Ten and there are tough games ahead, including Sunday’s game against visiting Michigan (4:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go).

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Dec 29, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) celebrates after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won 83-70. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Michigan State-Iowa highlight

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The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.

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