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Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Iowa Assistant Coach Kirk Speraw: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Penn State Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to

Big Ten Geeks: Get Those Resumes Ready

Nebraska secured perhaps the best win ever at Pinnacle Bank Arena when it took down the Badgers last night. The Huskers got 26 points from each of Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway, the latter of which is making a push to be included on the All-Big Ten 1st team. Judging from the tone of Tim Miles’ postgame speech to his team, it sounds like Nebraska thinks it’s in the Dance. VIDEO: Our cameras were in @Huskers locker room for @CoachMiles' postgame talk to @HuskerHoops. WATCH – http://t.co/afLZCAQqH8 — Nebraska on BTN (@BTN_Nebraska) March 10, 2014 Right now, the crowd seems

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Congrats to 1000+ @northwesternu students who just danced for 30 hours & raised $1.38m for @nudm. Go ‘Cats! #NUDM40 pic.twitter.com/HlVEAlg4q0 — Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) March 9, 2014 Northwestern’s Dance Marathon set a new NUDM record for funds raised in their 40th event. Congrats! A new visualization wall at Penn State is helping researchers and students think bigger. Students from the University of Nebraska will conduct research for NASA on robotic surgery for space travel – at 35,000 feet. Purdue is commemorating 100 years of the Purdue Road School with a special exhibit that ends on March 13. This year’s Road School will take place

Dienhart: What each team has at stake in Indy

The Big Ten tourney bracket is set. Tip-off is early Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The top four seeds: 1. Michigan; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Michigan State; 4. Nebraska. Those four, of course, all earn first-round byes. Here’s a quick look at what each team has on the line in Indy. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tournament bracket ] Michigan. If the Wolverines win the Big Ten tourney, they may have a shot to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. But, it still may be unlikely. The body of work for the Wolverines

Big Ten releases 2014 men's tournament bracket

Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 17th annual event will be played March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. After winning the outright Big Ten crown for the first time since 1986 with a 15-3 conference record, Michigan is the tournament’s top seed and will open play at noon ET on Friday. Wisconsin and Michigan State finished the year with matching 12-6 marks, but the Badgers’ head-to-head win over the Spartans on Feb. 9 gave them the No.

Video: Jon Ekey's last-second triple downs Iowa

It’s safe to say Jon Ekey won’t hit a bigger shot in his Illinois career. The Illini senior, who played three seasons at Illinois State, drained a memorable last-second 3-pointer to lift Illinois to a 66-63 season-ending road win Saturday night at No. 24 Iowa. With the dramatic victory, the Illini enters next week’s Big Ten tourney having won four of their last five games. Watch Ekey’s game-winning shot in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Talk about clutch, check out this ridiculous Jon Ekey @IlliniHoops shot. #clutch WATCH – http://t.co/aiQXmExNtS — Illinois on BTN (@BTN_Illinois) March 9, 2014 Check out the

B1G Recap: Illinois stuns Iowa, Michigan tops IU

The final weekend of the Big Ten regular season got off to an exciting start Saturday. No. 12 Michigan completed an impressive 15-3 Big Ten championship season with a victory over Indiana, and Illinois upset No. 24 Iowa on Jon Ekey’s last-second triple. Catch up on all the action and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 66, IOWA 63 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night. Rayvonte Rice

What sub-.500 team can make a B1G tourney run?

The upcoming Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament promises to be full of intrigue and potentially wide-open. Five of the last seven No. 1 seeds have won the Big Ten tourney. The last time someone lower than a No. 3 seed won it was Iowa, which turned the trick as a No. 6 seed in 2001. What team under .500 in Big Ten play could make a run in Indianapolis next week? I asked some Big Ten media members. [ MORE: Weekend Watch: Huskers shooting for a big finish ] Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times: It’s a real challenge to believe in

Big Ten Geeks: Huskers Keep Hope Alive

Michigan State used a run out of intermission to create separation from Iowa in an eventual 10-point win. Both teams scored nearly at will in this one, but the Spartans’ outstanding three-point shooting masked a high turnover rate that is becoming worrisome. This has been Tom Izzo’s best-ever team at limiting turnovers (at least in the tempo-free era), but the past three games have seen Michigan State turn it over on nearly a quarter of its trips. Is this a temporary blip, the result of some long-absent players getting back into the groove? The Spartans had better hope so, as

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan stands alone

Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week. The Wolverines obviously didn’t get the memo. Michigan had an historic night from three, knocking down 16 of 23 from