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Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hoge: Examining The Floor/Ceiling For The Big Ten’s Eight Contenders

Let’s take a look at the floor and ceiling for each Big Ten contender as the regular season nears an end.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2013

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Wisch: Does College Football Need A 13-Game Regular Season?

College football seems to just keep getting bigger.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2013

Keith Appling.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Silverman: Forget Football, Big Ten Is Now A Basketball Conference

The 2012-13 college basketball season has been even better than most for the Big Ten. This is the year that the Big Ten is talented, powerful and deep.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

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Big Ten Coaches, ADs Balk At New Recruiting Policies

Big Ten coaches and athletic directors met Monday at the conference’s headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. and expressed concerns regarding new recruiting rules recently announced by the NCAA.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2013

Cody Zeller. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Wisch: This Year’s Big Ten Success Doesn’t Match 1989… Yet

In 108 years of Big Ten basketball, the 1988-89 season still stands out as the conference’s gold standard.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Who Are The Illini? We’re About To Find Out

Over the next three weeks, Illinois faces five opponents with a combined record of 78-15. Four of them are currently ranked among the Top 15 teams in the country.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2013

Jim Delany. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Big Ten Can’t Dump ‘Legends’, ‘Leaders’ Soon Enough

From the get-go, the names fit like a small-sized helmet on an XL-sized head. Awkwardly. And now, it’s time for the Big Ten to send “Legends” and “Leaders” on their way. Mercifully.

CBS Chicago–01/15/2013

Brandon Paul & D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Take Plunge In Rankings

In the wake of Illinois’ 23-point loss to unranked Wisconsin, the Fighting Illini took a major plunge in the rankings.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2013

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No. 5 Hoosiers Blow Past No. 8 Minnesota 88-81

Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers, helping No. 5 Indiana hold off No. 8 Minnesota’s late charge for an 88-81 victory Saturday.

01/12/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Need To Keep Rebounding – In More Ways Than One

The Fighting Illini are an imperfect basketball team.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2013

Tracy Abrams. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Drops In AP Poll

Despite a win against top-ranked Ohio State, the Illini dropped to No. 12 in the AP poll.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Keep Your (Long-Term) Basketball Spirits Up, Illini Nation

Keep your wits about yourself, Illini Nation.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2013

Illini logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Purdue’s Late Charge Beats No. 11 Illinois 68-61

Purdue figured out how to slow the pace — and still score a little, too, Wednesday night.

01/02/2013

Brandon Paul

Illini Move To No. 11 In AP Poll

After a loss to Missouri knocked them out of the Top 10, the Fighting Illini are inching closer back to that status.

CBS Chicago–12/31/2012

Evan Turner & Brandon Paul. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Wisch: Can Brandon Paul Pull An ‘Evan Turner’ This Season?

He’s three inches shorter, five pounds lighter and unlikely to be named National Player of the Year (or go No. 2 in the NBA Draft), but that doesn’t mean Brandon Paul can’t still pull an Evan Turner this season.

670 The Score–12/01/2012

Brian Kelly

Wisch: Big Ten Expansion Puts Notre Dame On Shaky Ground

For Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the land with a single regular-season game remaining, the door to the national championship is wide open. But the door to the Big Ten? Well, that’s almost closed.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2012

A general view of the Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Rutgers To Announce Its Joining Big Ten

Rutgers is leaving the Big East for the Big Ten and cashing in on the school’s investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.

670 The Score–11/20/2012

Jordan Lynch. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The State’s Best Football Program? It’s NIU

I’ve always found it odd that here in Illinois, despite being the fifth most populous state in the country, we have only three major college football programs.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2012

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Is This Northwestern’s Best Team Since The Rose Bowl?

So, is it really possible that Northwestern posts not only its best win total since 1995 this year, but even its better by one or two victories?

CBS Chicago–11/01/2012

Jim Delany. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Delany: College Football Playoff Won’t Start A Year Early

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany expects the new college football playoff to be finalized by Jan. 1, but he ruled out the possibility of the new four-team tournament starting next season.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2012

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