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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Look Back At The Top Games of 2011-2012

Indiana Hoosiers fan holds up a sign during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall. Indiana defeats Michigan State 70-55. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Duke at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Who can forget Christian Watford’s long-distance dagger as the clock hit zero to lift Indiana over Kentucky and set off the part at Assembly Hall? What about William Buford’s Spartan-killing shot from the top of the key last Sunday to propel Ohio State over Michigan State to win a share of the Big Ten title?

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Ask Big Ten Questions, Get Video Responses

We’ve rolled out a new feature here on BTN.com and we think it could be fun. Use the Vyou.com video player embedded in this post and type in your questions about Big Ten men’s basketball and football, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart will answer the best ones throughout the days and weeks ahead via the web camera on my laptop computer. Don”t have a question? No problem. Click on any of the previous question links and just watch my answers. Also, I’ll be posting occasional status updates with my latest takes on the news. For instance, we’ll be taking this for a test drive from press row at the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament during and after each game.

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