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BTN announces 2014-15 Big Ten men's basketball coverage

BTN will televise a record number of men’s conference basketball games this season. The slate features 77 conference matchups, including 10 straight weeks of “Super Wednesdays” and five Big Ten Tournament games for the first time in BTN history.

Double-bye? Single-bye? Who cares?

The Big Ten recently unveiled what its 2014 men’s basketball tourney bracket will look like going forward now that the conference has 14 teams. The format will feature a double-bye for the top four seeds. This has Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News wondering if some coaches should worry. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin ] It seems the extra time off isn’t always desirable for coaches. Instead of sitting for the first two

Photo: See the new Big Ten men's tourney bracket

BTN Live released the new format for the Big Ten men’s and women’s tourneys on Thursday night. Now that the conference boasts 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the events will start a day earlier and run Wednesday-Sunday. This year’s women’s tourney will be March 4-8, and the men’s March 11-15. See the brackets in this post. Wednesday will feature two games: No. 12 vs. No. 13 and No. 11 vs. No. 14. Also new: The top four teams will receive double-byes and open play Friday. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland |

It's Left-handers day! Take a look at our favorite B1G lefties

Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach

Times, networks set for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Big Ten and ESPN announced Tuesday the tip-off times and television information for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. See you’re team’s time and network information in this post. [ MORE: Ranking 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games ] Monday, Dec. 1 Nebraska at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Rutgers at Clemson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) Tuesday, Dec. 2 Pittsburgh at Indiana (6 p.m., ESPN2) Minnesota at Wake Forest (6 p.m., ESPNU) Syracuse at Michigan (6:30 p.m., ESPN) NC State at Purdue (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Illinois at Miami (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Ohio State

11 B1G stars land in ESPN's Top 100 Draft prospects

It was just three weeks ago when seven former Big Ten stars heard their names called in the 2014 NBA Draft. Now, it’s already reached that point when draft analysts begin taking a super-early look at college basketball’s top 2015 draft prospects. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford released a mega-list of his top 100 NBA Draft prospects for 2015, which features 11 Big Ten standouts. Leading the way is Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, who appears at No. 18 on the list. “Dekker was a favorite of the analytics crowd after a very effective freshman season, but he came back down

Iowa guard Peter Jok arrested, suspended

Iowa basketball player Peter Jok was arrested Monday night and charged with driving his moped on a revoked license. This is the second moped-related arrest in three months for Jok, who will be a sophomore for the Hawkeyes this fall. Jok was charged with drunken driving on his moped in April and his license was revoked. Online court record show he pleaded guilty May 2 and completed a weekend drunken driving program. Police arrested Jok again Monday night after initially stopping him for improper rear lights and lack of a safety flag. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard averaged 4.4 points last

Top Big Ten 'Decisions' of past sports year

LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and

Seven B1G coaches land on ESPN.com's top 50 list

It was only a matter of time before ESPN.com’s countdown of the top 50 men’s basketball coaches reached Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. It did on Wednesday, with Izzo earning the No. 3 spot. Barring a huge surprise – don’t hold your breath – Izzo is the seventh and final Big Ten coach on the list. See all the Big Ten coaches who made the cut in this post. [ MORE: View Big Ten basketball stats | See final Big Ten standings ] 3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State 7. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin 9. John Beilein, Michigan 20. Thad Matta, Ohio State

2014 NBA Draft: Grading every Big Ten pick

A total of seven Big Ten prospects were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was the first player to come off the board at No. 8 overall, while Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble was the final Big Ten prospect selected at No. 56. After every draft, comes plenty of draft grades. Here is a look at how some of the top sites graded last night’s Big Ten NBA Draft picks. [ MORE: Big Ten’s undrafted NBA prospects | Who was best dressed at the NBA draft? ] No. 8: Michigan SG Nik Stauskas (Sacramento) Marc Spears, @SpearsNBAYahoo, Yahoo Sports: “Viewed