Yarina: A super-early look at 2014-15 hoops predictions

With Mitch McGary announcing Friday that he will enter the NBA draft, we officially know what each Big Ten team will return for the 2014-15 season. So, naturally, that means it’s time to take a SUPER-early stab at next year’s standings and All-Big Ten teams. See my way-too-early predictions in this post.

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Wes Lunt, Reilly O'Toole sing Backstreet Boys

Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Reilly O’Toole are involved in a heated quarterback battle, but one would have never guessed it based on their demeanor prior to the team’s spring game. While warming up, the two signal-callers sang Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was playing over the PA system. They took it seriously, too, with O’Toole, at one point, saying, “Dude, I’m killing this song. Hey, I’m killing this song.”

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BTN LiveBIG: Solutions Journalism Award judges named

Throughout the spring of 2014, students across all 14 Big Ten Universities have submitted dozens of solutions stories, highlighting the best of their universities. Thanks to the work of Big Ten student journalists, the contributions of students, faculty and alumni are not going unnoticed. And what contributions they are!

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#BTNLive: Jim Delany on NCAA proposal

The NCAA’s board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation’s biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany appeared on Thursday’s “#BTNLive” to discuss the latest developments, and you can watch that entire interview in this post.

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BTN LiveBIG: Ebertfest celebrates cinema at Illinois

HAL 9000 is not real. Despite its fame from 2001: a Space Odyssey, the Arthur C. Clarke novel-turned-Stanley Kubrick film (both in 1968), the talking sentient computer that could interact with astronauts in space never actually existed.

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