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Illinois AD Mike Thomas Discusses Weber Firing

What has been speculated for weeks became reality today when Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced the firing of Bruce Weber. Thomas wasted no time turning the page on the Weber era, letting him go a day after the Fighting Illini lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tourney. Illinois is 17-15 (6-12 Big Ten) still could receive an NIT bid. If that happens, an assistant figures to serve as interim coach.

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Weber Removed as Head Basketball Coach at Illinois

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Bruce Weber Talks with Media After Being Released as Head Coach

The University of Illinois announced today that men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber has been released from his duties after nine years as head coach.  Illinois finished the 2012 regular season with a 17-15 record and in a tie for ninth place with a 6-12 record. Read the full AP story here and the rest of the Illinois release inside this post.

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#B1Gtourney: Your Tweets on TV

Throughout BTN’s televised coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, our TV producers will monitor Twitter for the best Big Ten tweets and air the top ones on TV. Some of you may recall we’ve done something like this before. How do you get your fantastic tweet in front of our eyes? Use the hashtag #B1Gtourney. See how others are using it right now and send us your tweets all tournament. And if you don”t know by now, BTN is all over Twitter.

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B1G tourney notes: Food, IU, Barbasol & more

What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post.

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Iowa holds off Illinois, 64-61

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Matt Gatens (5) dunks against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half of the first round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Iowa defeated Illinois 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Gatens Talks Win Over Illinois

]Meyers Leonard scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lead Illinois past Iowa, as Illinois (17-15) fell 64-61 on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Get’s Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, highlights and postgame videos, and more.

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Big Ten Tourney Quarterfinals set for Friday

Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) dunks against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half of the first round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Iowa defeated Illinois 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Northwestern Men's Basketball Press Conference - March 8, 2012

BTN covers the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis live on TV and online. On Thursday, Matt Gatens sparked Iowa (17-15) past Illinois with 20 points and three rebounds. Then Indiana took full advantage of the stellar combination of Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls and beat Penn State, 75-58. Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins both helped Minnesota top Northwestern 75-68 in overtime while Purdue dropped Nebraska 79-61.

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Wrapping Up the Regular Season

Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best action you’ll find, and it’s not close, but we’re still talking about a league that’s probably going to get 6 bids, with only a couple of standout teams. Does that sound much different than the past decade, when the Big Ten wasn’t measuring up to the likes of the ACC and the Big East?

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