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.
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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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?
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.
Sunday’s episode of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 was BTN’s highest-rated original program, according to Nielsen metered market data. The Emmy-nominated series following the Purdue – Indiana men’s basketball game earned a 1.16 household rating in the network’s eight metered markets.*