Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 28, 2015

In its four seasons in the Big Ten, Nebraska has wins vs. every program it has played-except Michigan.

And, the Huskers will have to wait, as they fell again to the Wolverines despite entering the game with some momentum, winners of two in a row and four of five.

What's more, the Wolverines were without star Caris LeVert, who is out for the season, and point guard Derrick Walton Jr.

***'s Kye Austin and Brendan Quinn have his Big Ten hoop power rankings. I always like to check in on how others see the league stacking up.

Austin has OSU No. 3. But is IU third-best? Hard to tell. The league is a bit of a jumbled mess after Wisconsin and Maryland.


Some good takes on Iowa hoops from the great Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Among them: Iowa should retire the jersey of Roy Marble. And, I agree. Do it now.

Marble, 48, has cancer with limited time remaining. He is the school?s all-time leading scorer. Nobody has approached his four-year total of 2,116 points, which outpaces second place by 337 points.


Good podcast from on how the Hoosiers will try to deal with Purdue?s height on Wednesday night in Mackey Arena.

Here is an idea: Make Purdue run. And deny post-pass entries.


The Adam Woodbury-Dan Dakich affair just won't die. I promise, this is the last link on the subject. This comes from the great Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register.

This is a story that will continue to linger through the weekend, because Dakich has been assigned by ESPN to work Saturday's Iowa-Wisconsin rematch at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Delicious.


Tuesday was media day at the Super Bowl. Wild, crazy stuff. Amidst the hot air, Bill Belichick-who has four Scarlet Knights on his roster–raved on about Rutgers and Greg Schiano.

"I think when coach Schiano was there, he did a great job of building a program and having guys in his program that were similar to the type of people that we look for in ours. Many of them have gone on to other teams in the NFL with a lot of success, too. So one thing about those guys, for the majority of them, when they got to the NFL, most of them stayed in the NFL."


When James Franklin took over Penn State, he vowed to dominate the state of Pennsylvania. Well, he?s delivering on that promise.

Check out recruiting services Scout, 247Sports and Rivals to see the progress of the Nittany Lions. By the way: Signing Day is Feb. 4.


Ohio State fans will like this: Two writers at Wasserman and Bill Landis-meandered back from the national title game in Dallas, making stops in Texas and Louisiana on the way back to the Buckeye State. It was a chance for the writers to see how OSU is perceived-among other observations.

Here's Lanis' take. And Wasserman's.


Remember that investigation into the Ohio State marching band? It cost nearly $700K.

While former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery led the task force at no charge, attorneys, consultants and other officials charged up to $525 an hour for their services, including conducting interviews and preparing the 92-page document. The report was released in November.

Yes, $525 an hour.

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