Photo: First look at B1G tourney court at United Center

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The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is back at the United Center in Chicago for the first time since 2007. Before the action tips early Thursday, here’s a look at what the Big Ten tourney court looks like in the Chicago Bulls’ stadium.

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If it looks familiar, it should. This is the same design the conference debuted in last year’s tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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No. 8 Illinois and No. 9 Minnesota open what’s expected to be a highly competitive and entertaining tourney at noon ET Thursday.

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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T.C. on 3/13/2013 @ 1:12pm EST Said:

Iowa def has the right path to go on a run…of course that depends on what Mike Gesell is doing come Friday night