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Counting 'em down: B1G tourney's top plays

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Watford transition And One

The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.

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B1G tourney notes: Emotion, Food & Surprise Visitor

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Tom Crean Talks Verdell Jones, PSU Win

It’s Day 3 at the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means we’re down to the semifinals. What’s going on around the tourney aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s filed another notebook. From emotional coaches to school-specific grub to familiar faces in attendance to a hole in the basket support, you can find it all in this post.

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Dienhart: What Does Illinois Do Now?

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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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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 BTN.com’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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