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:

Maryland announces home-and-home football series with Virginia

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Maryland announces home-and-home football series with Virginia

Maryland fans, get ready for a border battle.

The Terps announced Thursday a two-game, home-and-home football series with the Virginia Cavaliers, the team they've faced more times than any other opponent in program history.

Maryland will be the host in 2023 and travel to Virginia in 2024.

The two teams, former ACC foes and longtime regional rivals, have played 78 times, with the Terps holding a 44-32-2 advantage in the all-time series.

While Maryland tries to turn its fortunes around under DJ Durkin, Virginia has been one of the worst Power Five conference teams over the past decade. Just twice in the last 11 seasons have the Cavaliers won more than five games in a single campaign.

Six of those seasons were under the head-coaching direction of Mike London, who worked as an assistant on Durkin's staff this past season before leaving to become Howard's head coach earlier this month.

These games add two more against Power Five opponents to Maryland's future schedules. The Terps haven't been shy about scheduling big-name foes, with future games against Texas (2017 and 2018), West Virginia (2020 and 2021) and Virginia Tech (2026 through 2029). Maryland will also play Syracuse in 2019.

Indiana lost to Maryland, but OG Anunoby had an amazing dunk

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Indiana lost to Maryland, but OG Anunoby had an amazing dunk

Things aren't going too well for Indiana, which after snapping a three-game losing streak with a weekend win against Illinois was back in the loss column Tuesday.

Maryland held on for a narrow 75-72 win in College Park, but the highlight of the night undoubtedly belonged to Indiana.

With the Hoosiers trailing by three in the game's final seconds, human highlight reel OG Anunoby threw down a crazy dunk, putting a couple Terps defenders on a poster in the process.

It wasn't entirely dissimilar from Michael Jordan's dunk that gave the Tune Squad a win over the Monstars in "Space Jam."

Just watch it for yourself.

Goodness.

Now despite that fantastic flush, Anunoby was just 2-for-9 from the field and finished the game with just five points. That slam still left the Hoosiers behind by a point, and after Melo Trimble knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Terps back up by three, Robert Johnson's 3-point try at the buzzer was off the mark.

Indiana suffered its fourth loss in its last five games and sits near the bottom of the Big Ten standings with a 1-3 conference record. Tuesday night the Hoosiers turned the ball over 14 times and allowed the Terps to turn 11 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points. Indiana shot just nine free throws, while Maryland was 18-for-22 from the line.

Those two huge wins over Kansas and North Carolina seem so long ago for Tom Crean's crew. In its last eight games, Indiana's only wins have come against Delaware State, Austin Peay and Illinois.

But at least that dunk was really cool, right?