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Preview: No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 10 Nebraska

Matt Painter

Purdue at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

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These squads met in the first round of the Big Ten tourney last season, when Purdue prevailed. And just like the 2012 tourney, this year’s winner will advance to play Ohio State. The Boilermakers bring plenty of mojo to the United Center and could be a dangerous team capable of a run, as Matt Painter’s team is playing its best basketball of the season. See the highlights in this post from the last time these two teams played. Thursday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Preview: No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 12 Penn State

Tim Hardaway Jr. & Jermaine Marshall

Michigan at Penn State - Men's Basketball Wrap-up

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How cruel and tough is the Big Ten? When Jordan Morgan’s last-second put back rimmed out against Indiana on Sunday and Michigan lost to the Hoosiers, the Wolverines went from being co-Big Ten champs to being the No. 5 seed in this tourney and having to play an opening-round game. Penn State has no fear of Michigan, beating the Wolverines once and almost knocking them off another. See highlights of the last time they played in this post. 

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Preview: No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota

Brandon Paul & Julian Welch

Illinois at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Most every mock bracket already has these teams in the NCAA tourney. So, what are they playing for in Chicago? Probably just NCAA seeding. No doubt, more was expected from each team entering the season. So, the tourney is a new beginning and chance for redemption for these veteran teams that each went 8-10 in Big Ten action. Don’t be shocked if either one makes an extended run. See highlights of the last time they played in this post. Thursday’s game starts at noon ET and airs on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Wow factor: Best of this B1G hoops season

No. 3: Cody Zeller

Indiana at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

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It has been a season of superlatives in the Big Ten in what most feel has been one of the best seasons in conference annals. No doubt, the regular season didn’t disappoint.

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Taking one more look at NCAA mock brackets

Ohio State Fans

Dunks of the Week - March 12th, 2013

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With the major league tournaments about to start, let’s take one last look at some mock brackets to see where the Big Ten rates. Indiana remains a No. 1 seed in the four brackets I checked. And there’s nothing that can happen in the Big Ten tourney—or elsewhere, for that matter—that will change that. And a spot in the cozy Midwest Region (Dayton, Ohio; then Indianapolis) also is basically a given, too, no matter what the Hoosiers do in Chicago.

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Today's links: Burke the right choice for POY

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Last night was awards night in the Big Ten, and all eyes were on who would win player of the year honors. Let’s start daily links there. The famous race debated for weeks was between Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. In the end, the voters got it right in tabbing the Wolverines sophomore guard.

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Dienhart: My 2012-13 top 10 Big Ten games

Trevor Mbakwe

Michigan at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Putting together a list of the top 10 games of the 2013 Big Ten season is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. It’s impossible to do. But, I have attempted to select the best of the best from a regular season that left fans in a heap of exhaustion from an overdose of excitement and exhilaration. This truly was one of the Big Ten’s best seasons in more than 20 years—and it isn’t over yet!

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Iowa will provide the drama in Big Ten Tourney

Devyn Marble

Marble Sinks a Three To Join Iowa's 1000-Point Club

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There doesn’t appear to be much drama in the Big Ten tourney. Indiana likely already has the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tourney sewn up after winning the outright Big Ten crown with that breath-taking victory at Michigan on Sunday.

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Today's links: IU's title win sets Big Ten abuzz

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Hat’s off to Indiana for showing moxy and toughness—yes, toughness—in winning at Michigan, 72-71, to clinch the program’s first outright Big Ten championship since 1992-93. Indiana was down by five points with 52 seconds left. That’s when Cody Zeller went to work—and Michigan bricked some key field goals to blow the game. Daily links has to start from Ann Arbor, which is still pulsating.

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Reader mail: Who's my Big Ten Player of the Year?

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag to answer your questions. And, there’s a lot going on, what with the hoop season about to hit its full postseason stride and spring football about to heat up. So, let’s begin.

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Big finish looms for Big Ten regular season

Trey Burke & Will Sheehey

Examining Iowa's Tournament Chances

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The Big Ten will put on bow on the regular season this weekend, capping what has been a wild and wondrous ride during a season that has seen Indiana and Michigan each hold the No. 1 ranking at some point. And Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all have been ranked in the top 10 at various points this season.

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

Wisconsin at Michigan State

Shannon Scott: One-on-One Interview

Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.

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Super Seven: Biggest upsets in Big Ten men's play

Rodney Williams

Michigan at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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The idea of David slaying Goliath is what makes sport great. Think about it: Upsets are the games we usually always remember. And the Big Ten has been filled with them this season. Just ask Indiana, which has been victimized more times than any Big Ten club this season. That’s the peril of being ranked so highly.

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Taking a close look at Big Ten title scenarios

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Ohio State at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.

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Big Ten links: Wild conference race continues

Sam Thompson

Big Ten Blast: March 6th Morning Edition

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The outright Big Ten title was there for the taking for Indiana and the Hoosiers blew it—on Senior Night, no less—falling 67-58 to Ohio State. It was Indiana’s lowest point total of the season. Gotta start the daily links there.

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Dienhart: Latest look at experts' mock brackets

Will Sheehey & Cody Zeller

Zeller Hustles All Over The Floor, Steals and Dunks

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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. How do the various mock brackets rate the conference entering the final week of the regular season?

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Today's links: IU seniors to get honored tonight

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Big Ten Blast: March 5th Afternoon Update

It’s Senior Night tonight in Bloomington, as Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will play their final games in venerable Assembly Hall. So, I’m gonna start daily links there. A big part of this annual rite is speeches by the seniors. And these speeches figure to be emotion-packed, given what these three seniors have witnessed in their time at Indiana.

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