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Dienhart: Is 2012-13 season best in Big Ten history?

Dan Dakich has heard the drumbeat all season: The Big Ten is the nation’s best conference. And, he’s not going to argue that notion. “It has been great,” said the former Indiana Hoosier (1981-85) and current Big Ten analyst for ESPN. “So many good players, teams and coaches. And most of the games I have done have been spectacular.” No doubt, it has been a spectacular regular season for the conference. Indiana opened as the No. 1 team in the nation. It slipped along the way but is poised for a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region in the

Big Ten Geeks: Recapping the season, part one

As we do every March, Josh and I take to a back-and-forth format to recap everything we saw in the regular season. Here’s part one, covering our all-conference team and other thoughts on half the conference members. Mike: It’s hard to believe we’re already done with the 2012-13 regular season, and what a season it was. There’s lots to discuss, but let’s start with a tradition unlike any other, the All-Geek team. Like everybody else, I’ve got the Obvious Four (Trey Burke, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Deshaun Thomas), then I’m a bit undecided on the last spot. I feel Andre

Wow factor: Best of this B1G hoops season

It has been a season of superlatives in the Big Ten in what most feel has been one of the best seasons in conference annals. No doubt, the regular season didn’t disappoint. There were myriad scintillating games, two different teams ranked No. 1 (Indiana and Michigan) and four others that ranked in the top 10 at some point this season (Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois and Minnesota). Here’s a look at what was the “biggest,”“best” and what-not of the 2012-13 Big Ten season. [ RELATED: Is 2012-13 season best in Big Ten history? ] Best game: Indiana 72, Michigan 71,

Fan vote results: Top 5 games to air on BTN/BTN2Go

On Sunday we asked BTN viewers and BTN.com readers to go to the BTN’s Facebook page and vote for their favorite Big Ten men’s basketball game of the year. The top five games would air on Wednesday, one day before the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The results are in and the TV schedule is set. Here are the the five games our fans picked to air Wednesday on TV (all times ET). Don’t forget – you can watch this slate of games on BTN2Go, too. 5. 1 p.m.: Indiana at Illinois, (Feb. 7, 2013) – Recap & box score

Your 2012-13 All-Big Ten men's hoops teams

BTN made the exclusive announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards during the live “All-Conference Selection Show” on Monday night. See the full list of teams and award winners in this post, including the All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners, as selected by both the coaches and media. Plus, watch our video interviews. Familiar with BTN.com/Connect? Use it to track all the fan conversation on Twitter. Big Ten tourney links: 2013 Big Ten Men’s Tournament Bracket Day 1: Thursday scoreboard Day 2: Friday’s scoreboard Day 3: Saturday’s scoreboard Day 4: Sunday’s scoreboard More tourney info at BigTen.org [ RELATED: View

Video: Top 10 plays (non-dunks) of 2012-13 season

What a season, huh? It might not even be hyperbole to say it was one of the best we’ve seen. From the Big Ten dominating the national polls to the countless upsets to the incredible finishes, the 2012-13 season is one we won’t soon forget. There also were more than our share of memorable plays. I rank the top ones (non-dunks) in this post. I’ll have an all-dunk post later this week. [ RELATED: Tom Dienhart ranks top 10 games of 2012-13 season ] 10. Jordan Hulls drains 30-foot 3-point jumper in flow of game at Michigan State 9. D.J.

Power Rankings: Big Ten champ Indiana tops final list

The regular season now complete, it’s time to release my final 2012-13 Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). 1. Indiana, (26-5, 14-4) – As hard as it is to believe, Indiana, a program with five national championships, just won its first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. Some perspective: Freshman Yogi Ferrell wasn’t even born the last time. Last week: No. 1 [ RELATED: In defense of Victor Oladipo as Big

BTN.com's 2012-13 All-Big Ten teams

The 2012-13 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams will be released at 7 p.m. ET Monday on BTN/BTN2Go during the “All-Conference Selection Show” with Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) and Jim Jackson (@BTNJimJackson). Interviews from select award winners will also be included during the 30-minute program. Prior to the show, check out BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s All-Big Ten teams in this post. Agree with our teams? Leave your selections in the comment section below. [ RELATED: Vote in our 2012-13 Big Ten Dunk of the Year bracket ] Tom’s All-Big Ten teams: FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM Trey Burke, Michigan Aaron Craft,

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten Coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. All of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to coach Crean:  Listen to coach McCaffery:  Listen to coach Groce:  Listen to coach Carmody:  Listen to coach Chambers:  Listen to coach Painter:  Listen to coach Izzo:  Listen to coach Ryan:  Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to coach Matta: Listen to coach Smith: Listen to coach Miles:

Big Ten Geeks: Champs

Indiana won the Big Ten championship outright by about half a Newton, as Jordan Morgan’s tip-in attempt was a hair too strong, allowing Indiana to complete a road comeback and dulling the festivities of the rest of the weekend. After a sluggish first half that ended with Michigan leading 33-30 (33 possessions), the two teams combined for 80 points in the second half (32 possessions). However, despite the fact that these two teams played a back-and-forth battle, I think the result raises more concerns about Michigan than Indiana. Don’t get me wrong—this game was literally decided by the bounce of