Wrapping Up the Regular Season

Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best action you’ll find, and it’s not close, but we’re still talking about a league that’s probably going to get 6 bids, with only a couple of standout teams. Does that sound much different than the past decade, when the Big Ten wasn’t measuring up to the likes of the ACC and the Big East?

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Relive Ten Top Moments from This Season

Detailed shot of the basket prior to a shoot around for North Carolina Tar Heels during media day before a game against the Michigan State Spartans during the Carrier Classic on board the USS Carl Vinson. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Shurna Makes History "1902"

When the season dawned back in November, most experts felt Ohio State would win the crown. Well, the Buckeyes needed some late-season heroics to take a share of what was a three-way tie between themselves, Michigan State and Michigan. In between, there were a lot of highs and lows in an exciting Big Ten title chase. So here’s a look at my top 10 moments from the 2011-12 season.

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Concerning Aaron Craft's Defense

Aaron Craft is a very good defensive player. Let’s get that out of the way. Whatever you think of the next few paragraphs, remember that we all agree that Craft’s defense would improve just about any collegiate basketball team.

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It's the Big Ten Mailbag with a video twist

You have questions, I have answers. I reach into my mailbag and address queries that deal with March Madness and spring football. What does Northwestern have to do to make the NCAA tourney? What’s on Purdue’s to-do list for spring ball? The answers to those questions and more are all here. Plus, this week I’m experimenting with a video question for my readers who are willing to try something new. Do you want give others your very own video prediction on the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament? Learn how easy it can be in this post.

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Wednesday Links: Tourney Could Be Wild One

The heart of the Big Ten Tournament could be the Hoosiers, but conference balance should translate into a wild tournament. Pat Fitzgerald doesn’t want bowls to be limited to picking seven-win teams. Fran McCaffrey is disappointed that Matt Gatens wasn’t first-team All-Big Ten and Pat Fitzgerald doesn’t want bowls to be limited to picking seven-win teams. What do these stories have in common? They’re all in my Daily Links for Wednesday. Dive in and have a look.

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Tourney Time: A Closer Look at Thursday's Games

Iowa's Matt Gatens

Big Ten Blast: March 7th Morning Edition

The 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday with No. 8 seed Iowa taking on No. 9 seed Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (full bracket here). Before the action gets underway, I’m breaking down the first four games with an overview, key matchup and, of course, my prediction. Who do you like in the first four games? Vote inside.

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O'Brien: 'Nobody is Going To Fill Those Shoes'

Bill O'Brien

Bill O’Brien Conversation Pt. 1 Preview

In BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo’s interview with new Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, O’Brien talks about his first days as Penn State’s new leader. Watch Part I of the interview here and catch the second part on next week’s “Football Report.” Also, look back at the day O’Brien was hired and see the video of his first press conference as Penn State’s new head coach. Previously, DiNardo has interviewed Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Michigan’s Al Borges, and Illinois’ Tim Beckman.

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