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

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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Dienhart: Is 2012-13 season best in Big Ten history?

Dan Dakich has heard the drumbeat all season: The Big Ten is the nation’s best conference. And, he’s not going to argue that notion.

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Today's links: What lies beyond Big Ten tourney?

The haze from Michigan’s loss to Indiana on Sunday seems to have lifted. In fact, Wolverines sophomore point man Trey Burke feels so good that he thinks Michigan can “definitely” go to the Final Four.

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Wow factor: Best of this B1G hoops season

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

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

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

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

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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BTN.com's 2012-13 All-Big Ten teams

The 2012-13 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams will be released at 7 p.m. ET Monday on BTN/BTN2Go during the “All-Conference Selection Show” with Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) and Jim Jackson (@BTNJimJackson). Interviews from select award winners will also be included during the 30-minute program.

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

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

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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Big Ten links: What's buzzing this weekend?

The Big Ten title chase cleared up a bit last night with Michigan State dumping Wisconsin, 58-43, in one of the ugliest games of the season.

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

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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Big Ten names make Football HOF ballot

The National Football Foundation released its College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The Big Ten is well-represented with 21 players among the 77 on the ballot. There are five coaches on the ballot, with one having Big Ten ties: Michigan State coach Darryl Rogers (1976-79).

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