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Five B1G teams land in Coaches Top 25

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. I thought Michigan State could have merited being the No. 1 team in the nation. Alas, Kentucky got that honor. But the Spartans are loaded with the likes of Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. They didn’t bypass the NBA draft to finish second. And don’t forget about Branden Dawson. Here are a

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

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. But what schools are dominant in both sports? Our friends over at ESPN the Magazine recently published an article titled “The Undisputed Two-Sport Champ,” which uses a detailed formula to determine which college programs rule both football and basketball. The formula takes the following three factors into consideration: On-field success (which accounts for 50 percent of the final

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. [ MORE: Follow @SethDavisHoops on Twitter! ] What brought Davis to BTN? “First of all, the BTN is terrific,” he said. “I’m a fan. I watch it. It’s high quality production and a high quality product.” Most of all, Davis

BTN to air 67 B1G hoops games; adds Seth Davis to team

CHICAGO – BTN will be the fans’ destination for high-quality hoops this season, with more than half of all Big Ten Conference matchups airing on the network, including nine straight weeks of doubleheaders on “Super Wednesdays.”  In all, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including four Big Ten Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games. “After an unbelievable 2012-13 season that included record ratings for the network, we’re looking forward to another competitive men’s basketball season,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. BTN also has added new talent to its men’s basketball roster. The network’s lead analysts,

Twitter: 2013-14 men's hoops game you're most excited about?

In case you didn’t hear, the 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule was released Wednesday. In a conference as strong as the Big Ten is expected to be, there are several can’t-miss games. Like, Purdue hosting rival Indiana with revenge on its mind for last year’s blowout losses. Or, Nebraska opening up Pinnacle Bank Arena against reigning national runner-up Michigan. The list goes on. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] But which game are Big Ten fans most looking forward to? I asked the question on Twitter, and here are some of the responses. https://twitter.com/therealbencory/status/372787093648711680 @BTNBrentYarina Spartans

Big Ten releases 2013-14 conference hoops slate

The Big Ten announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, and there will be at least 49 games televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. The Big Ten schedule will begin with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 31, including a New Year’s Eve doubleheader on ESPN2 featuring defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State at Purdue, followed by reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana at Illinois. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] The Big Ten season concludes on March 8 and 9, including a

Times, networks set for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The times and dates have been finalized for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will be played Tuesday Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. See when and on what network your Big Ten team will play in this year’s event inside. [ RELATED: Our guy ranks the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge pairings ] This year’s Challenge includes all 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the ACC’s 15 schools, including first-year members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, the ACC’s three bottom teams from 2012-13, sit out of the event. Last year, the two conferences

BTN to air draft edition of 'The Journey' on Monday

At 8 p.m. ET June 17, BTN will air a special NBA Draft edition of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013. [ RELATED: Read all of BTN.com’s NBA draft coverage ] The episode will profile Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., Ohio State’s DeShaun Thomas, and Illinois’ Brandon Paul as they prepare for the 2013 NBA Draft. The episode also will take a look back at memorable moments from each of their Big Ten careers. Follow the Journey crew on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Big Ten releases 2013-14 basketball single plays

The Big Ten released 2013-14 basketball single plays Tuesday. See who all 12 teams will face only once this winter in this post. Illinois: Michigan, Purdue, at Northwestern, at Minnesota Indiana: Ohio State, Iowa, at Purdue, at Minnesota Iowa: Purdue, Nebraska, at Penn State, at Indiana Michigan: Northwestern, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Illinois Michigan State: Nebraska, Minnesota, at Purdue, at Wisconsin Minnesota: Indiana, Illinois, at Michigan State, at Nebraska Nebraska: Wisconsin, Minnesota, at Iowa, at Michigan State Northwestern: Illinois, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Michigan Ohio State: Michigan, Northwestern, at Wisconsin, at Indiana Penn State: Iowa, Wisconsin, at Michigan,

Dienhart: Just say 'No' to divisions for hoops

At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play. Yes, having divisions would make for some fun races down the stretch, as more teams likely would be jockeying for division championships. But in the SEC’s instance, it had some years