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Big Ten basketball beat writers preview 2015-16 men's season

BTN.com asked one beat writer from every school for their team's breakout player, most underrated player, most indispensable player and best-case, worse-case scenarios. Read what they told us, and get ready for the 2015-201 basketball season.

Dienhart: Promising squads at Indiana, Purdue generating buzz

For the first time in a long time, you can flip through any preseason hoops magazine or click around any website and find Indiana and Purdue picked near the top of the Big Ten, writes BT.com's Tom Dienhart. This only means good things for the state of Indiana and the Big Ten.

Big Ten hoops players assemble their All-Time Big Ten Team

If you could assemble an all-time Big Ten basketball team, who would you pick? Now, imagine if that team consisted of a starting five, and every player had a point total (1 to 6 ) where you could only use up to 18 points to assemble that team. We asked eight different Big Ten basketball players at this year's Big Ten Media Days in Chicago to build their own teams. Here's what they told us.

Big Ten Player Survey: Best road trip? First dunk? Sleeper team?

Media day brings the Big Ten’s top basketball players to Chicago every fall. [ MORE: BTN.com’s preseason All-Big Ten team | Media day notebook ] To take advantage of the opportunity, BTN.com conducts an annual Big Ten player survey, which, this year, asked one player from every team 10 questions, ranging from their Big Ten favorite to their favorite Halloween candy. See the stars’ answers below: Editor’s note: Responses were anonymous and players were not allowed to use their school for any answer. TOUGHEST BIG TEN VENUE 7 – Michigan State 3 – Indiana 1 – Iowa; Maryland; Nebraska; Purdue

BTN Stats Guys share Week 7 facts before Saturday's BTN games

Week 2 of conference play showcased all types of games. We had an offensive explosion in Columbus (Ohio State’s season-high 49 points), two narrow escapes (Michigan State winning by seven at Rutgers and Wisconsin nipping Nebraska by two), a defensive clinic (Michigan recording their third straight shutout, the first time a Big Ten team has done that in 35 years) and a complete blowout (Minnesota with a 41-13 triumph at Purdue). Not included in that mix was Iowa remaining the Big Ten’s third unbeaten team with a victory over Illinois and Penn State reaching 5-1 with a dominating win against Indiana.  When

We asked Big Ten writers: Who would run your 2-minute drill?

There are two minutes left on the clock. Your team needs a touchdown to win the game. What Big Ten quarterback would you choose to lead your team down field? I asked some of my esteemed and sage Big Ten media colleagues. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: I’ll go with Cook of MSU. Why? Because he has done it before, last season vs Baylor. Cook directed TD drives of 71, 60 and 45 in final quarter of 42-41 victory. He was 8-of-13 for 140 and two TDs and rushed four times for 23 yards with three first downs. Henry Bushnell, InsideNU.com:

Watch all of the Big Ten women's coaches speak at Media Day

All 14 of the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, watch all 14 women’s coaches address the media at Media Day. Click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.

Watch the Big Ten men's basketball coaches speak at Media Day

All 14 of the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.