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Kobe Bryant congratulates Rachel Banham on 60-point game

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What a few days for Rachel Banham.

Two days after pouring in a Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points (watch all of them) in a double overtime victory Sunday at Northwestern, the Minnesota star got a Twitter shout-out from her favorite player, Kobe Bryant, who is no stranger to reaching the 60-point plateau.

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Bracketology: Don't forget about surging Wisconsin Badgers

Feb 4, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fans display their affection for Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes during the game with the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 79-68. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Nigel Hayes, literally, drops the mic

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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin—winners of five in a row–is making some noise in Lunardi’s analysis.

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Power Rankings: Iowa stays on top; Michigan State, Purdue climb

Feb 3, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Jarrod Uthoff (20) shoots the ball during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won 73-49.

Iowa drops Illinois, stays on top

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We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment.

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