Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown surprises by declaring for NFL Draft

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Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown surprises by declaring for NFL Draft

Ohio State stars Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley and Raekwon McMillan declaring for the NFL Draft was expected.

But Noah Brown? His declaration Saturday came as a bit more of a surprise.

Brown announced on Twitter his decision to forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility and enter this year's draft.

"Throughout my three years at Ohio State, God put some of the most amazing people in my life and taught me many lessons that I will never forget and will use going forward in my journey," Brown wrote. "I want to thank everyone at The Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation for the best experience I could ever ask for. However after much thought, prayer and conversation with my loved ones I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next level and chase my dreams. I have decided to forgo my remaining years of eligibility and will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft."

Brown ranked second on the Buckeyes this season with 402 receiving yards and caught seven touchdown passes, though the majority of his production came in one game. He caught five balls for 72 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State's win at Oklahoma in September. Take out that one game, and his season stats look like this: 27 catches, 330 yards and three touchdowns. He caught just two more touchdown passes the rest of the season, including the game-winner in overtime to beat Wisconsin.

Still, his 2016 output is hardly the kind of stat line that screams NFL Draft prospect.

Still, Brown was a four-star recruit, rated the No. 9 receiver in the Class of 2014. He missed the entirety of the 2015 season after suffering a leg injury during preseason practice.

Indiana announces OG Anunoby is out indefinitely with knee injury

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Indiana announces OG Anunoby is out indefinitely with knee injury

Explosive Indiana star OG Anunoby will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Thursday.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean said in a statement that Anunoby suffered a knee injury when he fell awkwardly at the end of the first half of Wednesday night's win over Penn State.

"OG sustained a knee injury in this past Wednesday night's game against Penn State and is in the midst of ongoing medical evaluations," Crean said. "He will be out indefinitely. On behalf of OG and our entire program, we thank you for all of the support and well wishes that have been sent his way."

Anunoby is one of the better players on the Hoosiers, currently ranking fourth on the team with an 11.1 points-per-game scoring average. He's also averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game and 1.3 steals per game. Anunoby has made a habit of landing on the highlight shows with his thunderous dunks, like this one from last week's game against Maryland.

Anunoby's absence is tough news for an Indiana team off to a tough start to Big Ten play. After Wednesday's win, the Hoosiers sit at 3-3 in six league games.

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

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Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Welcome to the first Big Ten Talk Podcast of basketball season.

The Big Ten season is off to an intriguing start despite there not being an overwhelming of standout teams looking capable of challenging for a national championship.

But one of these teams is guaranteed to win at least a league title.

In this episode of the Big Ten Talk Podcast, CSN's Vinnie Duber and Matt Maniscalco go team by team to decide who's a contender and who's a pretender in the conference-title race.

Plus, they take in-depth looks at where Northwestern and Illinois stand — and which direction each program is heading — at this point in the season.

Take a listen below: