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B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a message from former Illinois football player Mike Hopkins, from SPACE!

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Illinois newcomers shine in exhibition season opener

Nnanna Egwu & Joseph Bertrand

John Groce on Win Over McKendree

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Groce’s Illinois basketball team kicked off the Big Ten college basketball exhibition season with a commanding 101-64 win over McKendree Thursday night at the State Farm Center. More important than the final score, this was a chance for fans to see how this Illinois team would fill the void left by the departure of senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson.

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B1G Basketball: 10 Freshmen to watch in 2013-14

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Tom Crean Addresses Fans at Hoosier Hysteria

Can you smell it in the air? College basketball is just around the corner. In fact, the Big Ten preseason kicks off tonight as Illinois hosts McKendree at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digital Network. It will be the first chance to get a look at several of the conferences top newcomers, which is always exciting to see at this time of year.

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Five B1G teams land in Coaches Top 25

Keith Appling & Tom Izzo

Gary Harris Throws a Dunk Down For the Spartans

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The release of the USA Today coaches poll is another indicator of how close we are to beginning basketball season. I was not shocked to see five Big Ten teams ranked in the new poll: 2. Michigan State, 9. Michigan, 10. Ohio State, 21. Wisconsin and 24. Indiana.

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Four B1G programs appear in ESPN's "top two-sport schools"

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State

Corey Brown 40-Yard Touchdown

It is no question that football and basketball rule the world of college athletics. Ohio State is considered a “top-notch” national powerhouse when it comes to college football, and the same can be said about Michigan State when talking about college hoops.

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Seth Davis excited to call hoops games for BTN

Come basketball season, Seth Davis is all over your television screen. This winter, that will include BTN/BTN2Go. Davis, along with former “Flyin’ Illini” star Stephen Bardo, highlights the new additions to BTN’s 2013-14 hoops talent roster. The SI and CBS Sports personality will serve as a game analyst and hopes to also find the time to do some studio work.

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