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50 Years Later, Iowa's Nelson Gets Degree

Don Nelson has accomplished plenty as either a basketball player or basketball coach at the high school, college and professional level, but he’s about to do something he’s never done before. He’s about to earn his college degree from Iowa. The 71-year-old basketball legend will go through commencement at Iowa next weekend and fulfill his late mother’s wish to get his college degree. The Quad City Times has the entire tale right here, and it’s a good one.

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5 Early Big Ten Breakout Hoops Players

Every year, players who weren’t big-time contributors one season become just that the very next. For example, there was Meyers Leonard last year and Darius Morris two seasons ago. Get BTN.com Brent Yarina’s early top five 2012-13 breakout candidates in this post.

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Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

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The Journey 2012: Cody Zeller Reflects on Kentucky Win

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post.

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Stay or Go? Past Big Ten early NBA draft entrants

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post.

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Ex-Hawkeye Nelson makes Naismith HOF

Former Iowa basketball star Don Nelson is part of a 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, it was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four.

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Reader Mail: NCAA Tourney, Illini Search & More

Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) drives to the basket during practice the day before the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Four Big Ten teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. There is a lot going on, with the NCAA tourney at the Sweet 16 stage and spring football in full swing across Big Ten territory. Which of the four Big Ten teams has the best shot to reach the Final Four? What will Wisconsin do at quarterback? I address those questions—and more—in this week’s mailbag.

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