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Video: Tempers flare in Iowa-Michigan State game

Tempers flared in East Lansing on Thursday night, and it came to a head late in the second half of Michigan State’s 86-76 win over Iowa. Iowa’s Zach McCabe and Michigan State’s Travis Trice got tangled up on an inbound play, and it appeared that McCabe brought Trice to the ground. The play resulted in a foul on both players – much to the displeasure of the Michigan State crowd – and a technical foul on McCabe, who was disqualified for five fouls. Michigan State reserve Russell Byrd was ejected for leaving the designated team bench area. VIDEO: Zach McCabe gets

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Five B1G stars appear in latest ESPN NBA Mock Draft

The college basketball regular season is coming to a close, which means that it’s time for ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s annual NBA Mock Draft update. Ford lists five Big Ten stars in his latest Mock Draft 3.0, which was created based on NBA standings through March 4. [ MORE: Video: Nik Stauskas answers Illini fans’ ‘U-S-A!’ chants ] Leading the way is Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh, who Ford has going No. 10 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. “If the Sixers grab a small forward with their first pick, an athletic, versatile power forward paired next to him seems like a

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten: average or great? We soon will find out

It seems every radio show I am on, I’m asked this question: Is the Big Ten the best league in America? Or, it is an average league with a lot of good teams? It’s a good question, and one that we soon will find out. The conference doesn’t appear to have an elite team. Michigan State was the closest thing to that template when the season dawned, but injuries have proven ruinous for the Spartans. Wisconsin has the fewest overall losses of any team with just five. But all five defeats have come in Big Ten play. Even worse, the

Glenn Robinson III

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan stands alone

Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week. The Wolverines obviously didn’t get the memo. Michigan had an historic night from three, knocking down 16 of 23 from

Aaron White

Ranking games: Teams pushing for tourney spots

The last week of Big Ten action is at our doorstep. Michigan is looking to wrap up the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak and make a push for a share of the crown, while Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois are looking to make pushes for the NCAA tourney. Here’s a look at each game this week. Use our scoreboards for a look at the daily Big Ten schedules, too. 1. Iowa at Michigan State, Thurs., March 6: Both of these teams are wheezing across the finish line. The Hawkeyes ended a three-game

DeAndre Mathieu

Video: Watch our 'Inside the Selection Process' features

On Monday night, BTN aired “Inside the Selection Process” to give fans an inside look at how the Selection Committee sorts out the NCAA tournament. CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy and Greg Shaheen, the former NCAA executive VP for championships and alliances, joined the show to offer their expertise. Watch both of our features in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: A look at four Big Ten teams’ Big Dance dreams ] Palm and DeCourcy talk about Minnesota and Nebraska’s NCAA chances:

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 48%, 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg. Stauskas put up a Stuaskas-like line of 21 points, three rebounds and four assists

Glenn Robinson III

Dienhart: Expect unexpected in final week

This is it, the last week of Big Ten action. And, that means one thing: Expect the unexpected. As for the title chase, there isn’t much drama left, as Michigan already has wrapped up at least a share of the championship. Other schools are looking to enhance their NCAA resumes. One story line to watch: Who will finish fourth, thus earning a first-round bye in the Big Ten tourney? Iowa and Nebraska are tied with a 9-7 mark, while Ohio State is 9-8. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Game of the week: Nebraska plays

Big Ten Geeks: It's a thin line this year

Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim