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Former Indiana Hoosiers star Archie Dees dies at age 80

(AP) Archie Dees never strayed far from his Indiana roots. After starring on the basketball court at Indiana, he made Bloomington his home and continued to advise players almost half a century after he graduated. On Monday morning, the Hoosiers lost one of their biggest former stars when Dees, the first two-time Big Ten Conference MVP, died at the age of 80. His daughter, Lori Dees Johnson, announced the death on her Facebook account. School officials confirmed it and issued a statement from coach Tom Crean. “Archie Dees will be remembered for many great things and being a part of

Predicting 2016 starting quarterbacks: East Division

The calendar reads early April. And spring football is in full gear (Michigan actually is finished) with the start of the 2016 season months away. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football coverage ] But let’s look into the crystal ball and try to predict who will start at quarterback for each Big Ten East team in the opener. I will look at the Big Ten West tomorrow. INDIANA Richard Lagow. Nate Sudfeld leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer, but Lagow could be the elixir to IU’s quarterback ailment in what is shaping up as a battle with

Big Ten Basketball: Jon Crispin's Top 3 players next season

The Final Four will take place on Saturday, and unfortunately for Big Ten fans, there isn’t a team from that conference left in the NCAA Tournament. Because of that, we are already looking ahead to next season. BTN Basketball Analyst Jon Crispin was put on the hot seat today and asked to pick out his top three Big Ten players heading into next season. It should be noted that this list could change as players are still able to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. With that said, here is a look at Crispin’s top three picks, and what he

Crispin: Word association for departed Big Ten standouts

The Big Ten is losing some serious four-year talent. The list of names is nothing short of impressive, and it is, no doubt, headlined by Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine. Other top names who have exhausted their eligibility: Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons, Caris LeVert and Jarrod Uthoff. Talk about a scary starting 5. You can create a strong bench, too, with the likes of Rapheal Davis, Jake Layman and Shavon Shields, among others. With all of the talent headed out the door, Lisa Byington asked me to play word association Tuesday night on “BTN Live.” Thing is,

Yogi Ferrell, Denzel Valentine named Wooden All-Americans

Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine are 2016 Wooden All-Americans, it was announced Monday night. [ MORE: View the full 2016 Wooden All-America Team ] The Big Ten stars are two of 10 players recognized on the prestigious annual team, selected by nearly 1,000 national college basketball media members and the Award’s former winners. Ferrell averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists to help Indiana claim the outright Big Ten title, the second conference crown of his decorated career. The point guard, Indiana’s all-time assists leader, was first-team All-Big Ten and a member of the All-Big Ten

Dienhart: Three biggest surprise teams of 2015-16 hoops season

Who doesn’t love a surprise? We all do. And the Big Ten basketball season was filled with some good ones. Here are my three most surprising teams of the 2015-16 season. INDIANA The Hoosiers figured to be good. But few envisioned an outright Big Ten title with a 15-3 record. But, that’s what Indiana accomplished behind the play of star senior point man Yogi Ferrell. This was the Big Ten’s top offensive squad—even with James Blackmon Jr. going down with a season-ending injury in December. But it was a selfless commitment to defense that helped propel Indiana to the unexpected