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NCAA regional preview: Beat writers' take

Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana and Nebraska open NCAA regional play Friday. The Huskers kick things off for the Big Ten vs. Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. ET, while the Hoosiers host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. ET. Before the games begin, BTN.com conducted an email Q&A with a beat writer from each school to preview the action. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] BLOOMINGTON REGION: No. 1 INDIANA, No. 2 Indiana State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Youngstown State 5 Questions with Indy Star’s Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) BTN.com: What’s the biggest difference

Video: Pat Fitzgerald takes pies to the face

Pat Fitzgerald is all for helping out good a cause, so it was no shock to see him taking pies to the face during a recent Pi Beta Phi fundraiser. For just $2, anyone could smash a pie in the football coach’s face, with all proceeds going to children’s literacy. “It’s great on the face,” Fitzgerald said, “I think it’s exfoliating. In the nostrils, is not one that I would recommend. It’s great to help our students.” h/t: @ChrisVannini About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature

Four Big Ten teams ranked in SN's preseason top 25

Four Big Ten teams are ranked in SportingNews.com’s Preseason Top 25, headlined by No. 9 Ohio State. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State comes in at No. 12, while Nebraska (No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 19) round out the Big Ten contingent. For the curious minds, Oklahoma is the site’s No. 1 team. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Preseason Top 25 ] No. 9 Ohio State “Urban Meyer says he’s more involved in the defense; says new defensive coordinator Chris Ash has made a difference in the way the Buckeyes get after the quarterback and cover in the secondary

Video: Jackson Glines breaks bat on RBI single

Go to an MLB game, and you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one bat break into multiple pieces. A college game? Not so much. It happened, though, in Friday night’s Michigan-Iowa Big Ten tourney game. Making the super-rare event all the more impressive, Jackson Glines got an RBI single to center on the swing. Watch the play and see a picture of the bat in this post. [ MORE: Video: Iowa’s Jake Yacinich makes great slide on steal of home ] Here’s a picture of the bat: About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball

Video: Jake Yacinich's slide to steal home ... just, wow!

A steal of home is always  exciting. It’s even better when the baserunner makes a ridiculous slide to avoid the tag. We saw that happen in the nightcap of the Big Ten tourney Friday night, when Iowa’s Jake Yacinich was the lead runner on a double steal attempt. Michigan, on what looked like a designed play, threw down to second and had the shortstop cut it off and toss home. The Wolverines had Yacinich dead to rights. That’s when he decided to leave his feet and dive around the tag. I’ve watched this a dozen times, and I still can’t

Video: Tracy Smith gets revenge on Indiana players

The Indiana baseball team has made a habit of standing behind Tracy Smith during each and every one of his recent BTN in-game interviews. The videobombing has been silly and serious, you name it. Well, for Thursday night’s scheduled fifth-inning interview vs. Michigan, Smith decided to take a page out of Blake Griffin’s book. [ MORE: Catch up on all the Big Ten tourney action ] You could say Smith was prepared. He knew his players would be behind him, and he had the cup of water in his hand for a reason. “I was going to ask you guys,”

Photo: Adreian Payne, Nik Stauskas go watch shopping

Times have changed since the old days, but we still seem surprised when rival player fraternize. It happened when Taylor Lewan and Ryan Shazier dined together, when Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III worked out together, and now there’s another example – easily the most random of the bunch. On Thursday, Adreian Payne posted a picture to Instagram of him and former rival Nik Stauskas shopping for a new watch. The message of the photo read: “Out watch shopping with @nikstauskas11 we aways spending money💰💵💸” [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] As I said, random.

Cody Campbell, the most interesting man in the dugout

Minnesota was eliminated from the Big Ten baseball tourney Thursday afternoon, and that’s bad news for fans of entertaining dugout fun. In case you missed it late Wednesday night, Minnesota freshman pitcher Cody Campbell hijacked coach John Anderson’s BTN dugout interview by getting a fake tattoo drawn on his right arm in the background of the shot. In Thursday’s loss to Iowa, Campbell and his wild beard stole the show. [ MORE: Track Day 2 Big Ten tourney action ] First, there was this: Man, this @gopherbaseball freshman Cody Campbell is a TV director's dream. pic.twitter.com/VLvY3BsYBb — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)

Super Regional Preview: Garland Cooper sets stage

It’s Super Regional time for softball, and three Big Ten teams are one best-of-3 series away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Michigan and Nebraska open Super regional action Thursday night, at No. 8 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama, respectively. Minnesota, making its Super Regional debut, opens Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon. To preview the three series, BTN.com tracked down BTN analyst Garland Cooper, the Big Ten’s all-time home run leader and lone three-time conference player of the year. The former Northwestern star played in two WCWS, so she knows what Super Regional

B1G accounts for 60 percent of NBA all-rookie first team

This is impressive: the Big Ten accounted for 60 percent of the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team, announced Thursday. Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (Indiana), the runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year, Utah’s Trey Burke (Michigan) and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) made the team, along with Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee (Duke) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse). 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team: @MCW1, @VicOladipo, @Trey_Burke3, @MasonPlumlee & @T_HardJR. pic.twitter.com/kxOuHSl7gE — NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2014 Charlotte’s Cody Zeller (Indiana) made the second team, as well, giving the Big Ten four of the 10 players on the rookie teams. Hardwork pays off