Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 28, 2012

A look around the Big Ten as the world (well, at least the Midwest) waits for Michigan State at Indiana to tip off, including
a nice notebook from Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette says the Illini would accept the chance to play in the NIT. Good enough for me.

Bruce Weber lights a fire under the players, writes Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. But, is it too late?

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Cody Zeller grows up in Big Ten play, writes Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star. A physical conference will do that to a kid.

The Spartans should see an improved Cody Zeller, says LaMond Pope of the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette.

No one can predict the success of new offensive coordinator Greg Davis, says Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The book on Greg Davis: Adaptability with the knock of being predictable, says Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Trey Burke continues to bolster his case for Big Ten Freshman of the Year, says Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. Is he really better than Cody Zeller?

Even after that loss to Purdue, Michigan is still hoping for a share of the Big Ten title, says Nick Baumgardner of

Michigan State
Tom Izzo isn?t ready to annoint the Spartans as champs yet, says Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal.

Ugly ending brings back bad memories of last year, writes Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Tubby Smith says the team is down psychologically, writes Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

DB coach Corey Raymond is headed to LSU, reports Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald. Raymond is a good young coach.

Ohio State
The Buckeyes need help to gain a share of the Big Ten title, says Todd Jones of the Columbus Dispatch.

Penn State
Joe Paterno?s legacy lives on at the NFL Combine, says Jonah Rosenblum of Pro Football Weekly.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News did a Q&A with quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. Well-done.

This flexible lineup is working, says Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal Courier.

Quick turnarounds are a reminder that tournament time is near, says Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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