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Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell highlights stong freshman class

The Big Ten has a number of touted freshmen entering the league this season. There’s Indiana’s James Blackmon, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Northwestern’s Vic Law, to name a few. But the best of all may be Ohio State’s DeAngelo Russell, the favorite to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year. According to some recruiting services, Russell was the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation. He also is the 11th McDonald’s All-American inked during the Thad Matta era. “I think with D’Angelo, all I can say right now is I’m very pleased with how he’s playing in practice, the strides

Video: Look back at the Big Ten Media Day men's press conferences

BTN & BTN2Go aired the 2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day live on Thursday. The Big Ten Media Day TV show will air again at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. Video of each coach’s press conferences is also posted inside this post. A topic of conversation at Big Ten Media Day was the new scheduling format, which was necessitated with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to make the Big Ten a 14-team league. League teams will play five double-plays and eight single-plays each season. It will be a true rotation without protected rivals or preference to geography. Previously, Big Ten

Illinois' John Groce returns an intriguing Illini team

Illinois is an intriguing team, returning all of its starters. And the Illini also have added two transfers in Ahmad Starks (Oregon State) and Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall) that John Groce says have made difference. But how will Illinois do without Tracy Abrams, who suffered a knee injury this fall that will force him to miss the season? “For us we’re going to be fine,” said Groce. “We’ve got Ahmad Starks who’s been terrific on the offensive end. He packs a big-time punch. Yesterday we scrimmaged and he probably had his best practice of his career at Illinois. We’ve got

Season ahead: Three big questions for each Big Ten men's basketball team

Are you ready for basketball season? It’s on our doorstep, with Big Ten Media Day 2014 here (watch live on BTN2Go.com) and the season right around the corner.  The Big Ten storylines are plentiful: Wisconsin looks again to reign supreme, Michigan State moves on without stalwarts Adreian Payne and Gary Harris, and great expectations await Nebraska. There also are plenty of questions as a new era of 14-team hoops begins with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. As I begind to straddle two sports in the busiest time of year, here are my three questions for each school. Tell me

Vote for Big Ten in SI.com's bracket of best team never to win a title

SI.com has a fun 16-team bracket featuring the best college basketball teams not to win a title. Four extremely talented Big Ten teams make the cut: 1975 Indiana (No. 2 seed); 1993 Michigan (No. 4); 2005 Illinois (No. 8); 2011 Ohio State (No. 16). [ MORE: SI.com: Vote for Big Ten teams in the bracket ] You can help a Big Ten team win the bracket. Vote here! For those who like to look ahead, here’s a good sign: Big Ten teams don’t meet up in any of the matchups, meaning all four could advance. The Elite Eight will be announced

Top 10 2014-15 Big Ten men's basketball games on BTN/BTN2Go

BTN released its 2014-15 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the slate is full of great matchups. In all, BTN/BTN2Go will air 77 conference matchups and five Big Ten tourney games, both network records. See my top 10 games in this post. 10. Penn State at Wisconsin – Dec. 31, TBA It’s New Year’s Eve, and it’s the Big Ten opener for Wisconsin, the reigning national semifinalist and Big Ten favorite. 9. Purdue vs. Notre Dame (Indianapolis) – Dec. 20, 5:15 p.m. ET In-state rivals battle in the always fun Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 8. Rutgers

BTN announces 2014-15 Big Ten men's basketball coverage

BTN will televise a record number of men’s conference basketball games this season. The slate features 77 conference matchups, including 10 straight weeks of “Super Wednesdays” and five Big Ten Tournament games for the first time in BTN history.