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B1G Tourney: BTN.com's all-Thursday team

If you’re a fan of college basketball, then you have to appreciate how entertaining Day One of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament was. Four games were decided by a total of 24 points, with No. 11 Northwestern closing out Thursday’s session with a memorable 67-62 upset victory over No. 6 Iowa. With four games in the book, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Thursday team from Day One of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tournament coverage

B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 1

Day One of the Big Ten Tournament is officially in the books. Just as the regular season was, the opening round of the tournament was anything but predictable. No. 11 Northwestern upset No. 6 Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota recorded narrow wins over Purdue and Penn State,  respectively, and Illinois topped Indiana, who many believed could make a run in this tournament. With that said, let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day One of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Read all of our Big Ten tournament coverage ] Best win: No. 11 Northwestern

Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern shocks Iowa

Iowa’s tailspin to close the regular season has carried into the postseason in the form of a stunning loss to Northwestern, 67-62. As an adjective, “stunning” is overused as pertains to college basketball, but this result is deserving of the term. Not only did the Wildcats overcome some heavy odds to get the win (KenPom had the Hawkeyes as 86% favorites), Chris Collins’ team also did it in the most unlikely way. Northwestern scored a staggering 1.17 points per possession on red-hot shooting (57 percent on twos, 48 percent on threes). Let’s not forget – these Wildcats quite possibly have

Instagram: Day 1 of 'The Journey' at the tourney

The crew from “The Journey” is covering the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament for an upcoming TV episode, but they’re also posting a bunch of photos to the show’s Instagram page. Here are a few shots from Thursday. Roy Devyn Marble stretches pregame, wearing special #teampat t-Shirt to lift spirits of Fran McCaffery's son. #classy A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Mar 13, 2014 at 5:24pm PDT Happy Gopher Locker Room tonight. #b1gtourney #btnjourney A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Mar 13, 2014 at 5:51pm PDT Ohio State moves on! #BigTenTourny #Btnjourney @ohiostatehoops A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney)

Big Ten Geeks: Defense leads Illinois past Indiana

Illinois rode a strong defensive effort to a victory over Indiana in the opening game of the 2014 Big Ten tournament. From the outset, it was clear that the Illini were going to aggressively double-team Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh on every touch, with the idea that a packed-in defense would force the Hoosiers to win the game from the perimeter. It’s a good approach against this Indiana team, which makes a living on drives to the bucket, offensive rebounds, and free throws, but the results were not what Illinois intended in the first half. The Hoosiers made 6-of-10 threes in the

Brandon Paul Q&A: 'It brings back some great memories'

It was just one year ago when Brandon Paul hit an unforgettable buzzer-beater to lift Illinois to a memorable 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. Paul was in attendance at Thursday’s Big Ten tourney opener between Illinois and Indiana. The former Illini star played overseas in Russia with BC Nizhny Novgorod this past season. This past month, Paul signed with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He recently suffered a partially torn labrum and is scheduled to have season-ending surgery next week. I caught up with Paul at halftime and asked him

No. 9 Illinois knocks off No. 8 Indiana in tourney opener

(AP) Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead ninth-seeded Illinois to a 64-54 win over eight-seed Indiana on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini (19-13) used runs of 9-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second half to improve to 6-2 all-time against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament. The victory sends Illinois into a second-round matchup on Friday with Big Ten regular season champion No. 8 Michigan. Abrams stymied a late rally by the Hoosiers (17-15) with a 3-pointer and two free throws that turned a late 53-52 Illinois lead into

Dienhart: Four quick thoughts for Day 1

The Big Ten tourney kicks off in a few hours and I’m in Indianapolis ready to watch all the games up close and personal. Like so many of you, I’ve been following this Big Ten season from the very start. Before the first game tips on BTN/BTN2Go, here are four quick thoughts on today’s matchups. I’ll be posting to BTN.com all day from press row – follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. [MORE: Thursday’s live scoreboard | Friday’s scoreboard | Tourney bracket (PDF) ] 1. The winner of the No. 8 Indiana-No. 9 Illinois game has a shot to advance all

Video: Tourney predictions & images of the year

It’s almost tourney time so watch our experts in Indianapolis make their predictions in this post. Plus, our TV producers and editors worked long and hard to compile a glorious six minutes and 33 seconds of the best images from the 2013-2014 Big Ten basketball season. We’ve embedded it in this post, too. If you follow @bigtennetwork on Twitter, you got a first glimpse of it online. We promise this video is 6 1/2 minutes well spent. Spectacular #B1G hoops images. #B1GTourney WATCH – http://t.co/xpCAKoGvga — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 13, 2014

B1G Tourney: Two lower seeds card wins on Day 1

The opening day of the Big Ten tourney did not disappoint. No. 9 Illinois dispatched Indiana, No. 5 Ohio State eliminated No. 12 Purdue, No. 7 Minnesota held off No. 10 Penn State and No. 11 Northwestern upset No. 6 Iowa. On Friday night, BTN/BTN2Go airs No. 2 seed Wisconsin vs. Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by No. 3 seed Michigan State vs. Northwestern. Can’t get to a TV? Then make sure you have BTN2Go, our live mobile app for iPhone and iPad and for Android devices, or just use BTN2Go.com. Friday’s early games are No. 1 seed Michigan vs.