Big Ten Geeks: Iowa taking bite out of Big Apple

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While most have been focused on the drama that has led to this weekend’s Final Four (which we will preview Friday), Iowa has quietly been dispatching solid teams in the NIT. The Hawkeyes had a relatively easy time with Maryland last night and will face Baylor in the championship Thursday night.

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Gallery: Iowa off to first NIT title game

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Iowa knocked off future Big Ten rival Maryland, 71-60, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to advance to the program’s first NIT title game. The Hawkeyes, who received a game-high 21 points from white-hot Devyn Marble, play Baylor on Thursday night for the NIT championship. Check out our photo gallery from Tuesday’s win over the Terps in this post.

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Michigan has lots in common with 1989 title team

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Wolverines Discuss Heading to the Final Four

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Of the seven Big Ten teams selected for the NCAA tourney back on March 17, I didn’t think Michigan would be the last one standing. Not by a long shot. But, here are the Wolverines, heading to Atlanta for the school’s first Final Four since it made back-to-back runs in 1992 and 1993 behind the “Fab Five.”

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Video: Bacari gives another literal pep talk

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Bacari Alexander Pregame Pep Talk

Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters.

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Video: Northwestern introduces Collins as new coach

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NU Basketball Coach Chris Collins: One-on-One

Northwestern introduced longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its 24th men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Collins, who grew up in Northbrook, Ill., and starred at Glenbrook North High School, inherits a program that went 13-19, including 4-14 in the Big Ten, in Bill Carmody’s final season.  Watch our one-on-one interview with Collins now and find other video in this post.

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Debate it: Will Nebraska defense improve in 2013?

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BTN Football Report on Nebraska Spring Practice

Nebraska holds its annual Red-White Spring Game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and you’ll be able to watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go. As we’ll be doing with every team this spring, BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address one hot topic facing each team entering the 2013 season. Up first: Nebraska.

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