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Keep an eye on BTN's Instagram account this week

For this week's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, BTN asked a special guest to take over the BTN Instagram account and fill it with the best shots from the games and the atmosphere. Fred Daniels, a talented artist and Chicago native, will be the first to participate in BTN’s Artist Instagram Takeover filing photos from before the games, during the games, and after the games.

Wisconsin Badgers enter latest Coaches Poll at No. 25

The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Monday, and Wisconsin has reentered the latter ranking. The Badgers, who have won 11 of their last 13, come in at No. 25 to give the Big Ten six ranked teams in the Coaches poll. Wisconsin is the top unranked team receiving votes in the AP poll, which features five Big Ten teams. Michigan State (No. 2 AP; No. 3 Coaches) paces the conference, while outright Big Ten champ Indiana is No. 10 in both polls. Purdue (No. 13/No. 13), Maryland (No. 18/No. 15), and Iowa (No. 20/No.18) round out the ranked

BTN analysts hand out Big Ten men's basketball awards

“BTN Live” will announce the 2016 All-Big Ten teams and award winners at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Watch the show on BTN2Go. [ MORE: View the complete Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before the teams and superlative winners become official, BTN’s team of analysts share their award winners. See our experts’ selections below. JON CRISPIN (@BTNJonCrispin) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the Year: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin *** TOM DIENHART (@BTNTomDienhart) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the

Twitter: Illinois football family reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

Lovie Smith was announced as the new Illinois football coach early Monday morning, and soon after the head coach was introduced to his new players. [ MORE: Dienhart: Lovie Smith hiring means ‘future is now’ ] Let’s just say, as expected, the players approve of the hiring of a former NFL coach who led the hometown Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI. The Illini gave Smith a standing ovation at his introduction in the team room. Watch the reception in the video above. Also, check out some of the Twitter reaction from the Illinois football family below. *** Speaking of Illinois

Bracketology: A look at experts' mock brackets as we head to Indy

The regular season is over. Let’s check to see how the Big Ten looks in the mock brackets of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana was a big winner this week. Conversely, Michigan has fallen off the brackets and will have work to do in the Big Ten tourney. So, for now, the Big Ten is a six-bid league. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Hampton,

BTN to provide complete coverage throughout Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will

Audio: Hear your men’s basketball coach's tourney preview

On Monday, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Remember: BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the “BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show.” Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin

Dienhart: Lovie Smith hire means 'future is now' for Illinois

New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman showed the league he means business about exacting change—now—by firing Bill Cubit on his first day on the job and hiring Lovie Smith two days later. [ MORE: Twitter: Illinois football family reacts to Love Smith hiring ] The future is now. No sense in waiting to turn the page. It’s all about authoring a better tomorrow in Champaign for a consistently underachieving program. So, Whitman felt Cubit wasn’t the future. And, he acted. With lightning speed and authority by inking Smith to a six-year deal that will pay him $2 million annually for

Big Ten links: Lovie Smith hire, Ohio State replacements & more

In the span of three days, Illinois fired and hired a coach. Lovie Smith brings instant credibility. Bob Asmussen has pros and cons to Smith’s hiring. There is great opportunity in Champaign. It will be key how Smith shapes his staff. Who will be his coordinators? And key recruiters are ultra-vital. And, the guy who got fired, Bill Cubit, was shocked—to say the least—about getting canned after making over his staff in the offseason. “Just shock, it really is,” Cubit told IlliniInquirer.com on Saturday afternoon. “My biggest thing really is No. 1 the players and then No. 2, it’s the

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin team takes on the Zika virus

Little is known about the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, the reach of the disease in both geographic and population terms was barely noticeable for decades. However, new cases have rapidly increased since May 2015, starting in Brazil and spreading as far as Mexico, Puerto Rico and even the continental United States. It’s an unexpected and unfortunate turn of events, said Matt Aliota, a research scientist at Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “Until a few months ago, basically no one was working on the virus in the lab because it wasn’t considered a major threat to human health,” said Aliota,