Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 20, 2012

What a weekend, especially for Michigan, which remains in the hunt for a Big Ten title with that impressive win over Ohio State. Read all about the surging Wolverines? quest for their first Big Ten regular-season title since 1985-86 and other Big Ten happenings with these links in this post.

Big Ten
Take a look around the Big Ten with Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Is poaching verbal commitments new to the Big Ten? Not according to former Illinois coach Ron Zook, writes Dustin Hockensmith of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Changes can be messy, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News Gazette. But sometimes, they are necessary.

Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review can't bear to watch Illinois.

What?s that boiling in Champaign? It?s emotion, says Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette.

When it comes to recruiting, Illinois can?t shy away from Chicago, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. And Tate should know. He has seen it all.

Here is what Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star learned from another road debacle.

Matt Gatens is the best at shooting the Hoosiers back to Bloomington says Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register.

Kirk Ferentz has added the right stuff to his staff, writes the inimitable Mike Hlas Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Matt Gatens rekindles memories of Luke Recker vs. Indiana, writes Rick Brown of Des Moines Register. Wow, I haven?t thought about Recker in years. Guy had some hops.

Mike Daniels is among seven ex-Hawkeyes who are ready for the Combine, reports Steve Batterson of the Quad City Times.

Believe it: The Big Ten title is within Michigan?s reach, says Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

Michigan flexes in spotlight. And Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News admires the Wolverines? awesomeness.

A terrific Saturday felt like the golden era of 1997-98, reminisces Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.

Trey Burke is proving to be the final piece to the hoop team?s title hopes, claims Kyle Meinke of

Loud and proud. Once dormant Crisler Center is now a big home court advantage, says Nick Baumgardner of Gotta love Denard Robinson?s participation.

Michigan picks up eight-count ?em, eight!-commitments over the weekend, says Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. Yes, it?s good to be Brady Hoke.

Michigan State
Tom Izzo?s ?worst? lecture lights a fire under Branden Dawson, writes Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press.

Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal gets to know the men behind Tom Izzo.

Rebounding sets Michigan State apart, writes Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press. That, and some hellacious defense.

The Gophers seem to have lost some optimism with that Northwestern loss, writes Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It?s time to transform Husker hoops, opines Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-News.

Ohio State
It?s crucial for William Buford to step up, writes Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch.

How good are the Buckeyes? It?s still hard for Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch to answer.

Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch sat down with Urban Meyer for a Q&A.

Penn State
Bill O?Brien says he wants a team with the Patriots? mentality, writes Ron Borges of the Boston Herald.

The new strength coach brings intensity and competition to offseason conditioning, says Stefanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Penn State opens winter conditioning to media for the first time in program history, writes Stefanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Yes, times are changing.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star thinks Matt Painter made the right call with suspensions.

The Boilers still are aiming for an NCAA tourney bid, writes Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel.

Matt Painter feels the failure in Kelsey Barlow?s dismissal, says Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel.

Aggressiveness on offense could ignite the Badgers down the stretch, writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Bo Ryan?s first team greased the wheels for success, writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal. senior writer Tom Dienhart posts his Daily Links on weekdays. You can subscribe to the Daily Links RSS here, find Dienhart?s work at, follow him on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart, send a question to his weekly mailbag here, and click here to subscribe to his overall RSS feed.