CHICAGO – With basketball season around the corner, BTN will cover the nation’s best basketball conference like no other network, with live coverage of media day, season-long pregame and postgame shows and studio and original programs, including the return of BTN’s Emmy-Nominated original series, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014.
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Iowa basketball fans were treated to a fun night of festivities as Fran McCaffery’s team was introduced to the public at the Hawkeyes’ Black and Gold Blowout event on Friday evening. The night’s events included a team introduction, a dunk contest and a full scrimmage.
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The release of the USA Today coaches poll is another indicator of how close we are to beginning basketball season. I was not shocked to see five Big Ten teams ranked in the new poll: 2. Michigan State, 9. Michigan, 10. Ohio State, 21. Wisconsin and 24. Indiana.
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The guys at CBSSports.com com released their preseason Top 25 (And One) Monday, and one of the six experts, Doug Gottlieb, has Michigan State as his No. 1 team. Six Big Ten teams received top 25 votes, with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin landing on every experts’ list.
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Expectations are high for Iowa men’s basketball this season. And why not? The Hawkeyes return every major contributor, except for Eric May, from a youthful and talented team that went 9-9 in Big Ten play and advanced to the NIT championship game. Here’s something else to get Hawkeyes fans excited: Iowa will wear new uniforms in 2013-14.
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It is no question that football and basketball rule the world of college athletics. Ohio State is considered a “top-notch” national powerhouse when it comes to college football, and the same can be said about Michigan State when talking about college hoops.