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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 1

Day One of the Big Ten Tournament is officially in the books. Just as the regular season was, the opening round of the tournament was anything but predictable. No. 11 Northwestern upset No. 6 Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota recorded narrow wins over Purdue and Penn State,  respectively, and Illinois topped Indiana, who many believed could make a run in this tournament. With that said, let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day One of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Read all of our Big Ten tournament coverage ] Best win: No. 11 Northwestern

Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern shocks Iowa

Iowa’s tailspin to close the regular season has carried into the postseason in the form of a stunning loss to Northwestern, 67-62. As an adjective, “stunning” is overused as pertains to college basketball, but this result is deserving of the term. Not only did the Wildcats overcome some heavy odds to get the win (KenPom had the Hawkeyes as 86% favorites), Chris Collins’ team also did it in the most unlikely way. Northwestern scored a staggering 1.17 points per possession on red-hot shooting (57 percent on twos, 48 percent on threes). Let’s not forget – these Wildcats quite possibly have

Dienhart: Take a bow, Tre Demps & Wildcats

The way the regular season went you just knew there would be an upset or two on the first day of the Big Ten tourney. No. 9 Illinois beat No. 8 Indiana, but that’s not much of an upset. No. 11 Northwestern over No. 6 Iowa, the team that beat the Wildcats by 26 in both meetings this year? That would be an upset. And that’s just what we had. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: This was a nip-and-tuck

No. 11 Northwestern upsets No. 6 Iowa, 67-62

(AP) Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament. They went on a 7-2 run when Crawford made a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 55-51 lead with 3:52 remaining before Alex Olah drew a charge and scored a pair of free throws. Roy Devyn Marble had 25 points and Jarrod Uthoff finished with 17 points and nine

Iowa to wear shirts in support of Fran McCaffery's son

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be wearing pregame shooting shirts with “P-Mac” printed across the front in honor of head coach Frank McCaffery’s son, Patrick, who was recently diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. McCaffery said that the tumor was discovered last week and that a surgery has been scheduled for next week. It has not yet been determined if the tumor is cancerous. On the back of the shirt, #teampat is written across the name plate with the No. 22. Roy Devyn Marble stretches pregame, wearing special #teampat t-Shirt to lift spirits of Fran McCaffery's son. #classy A post shared by

Dienhart: Four quick thoughts for Day 1

The Big Ten tourney kicks off in a few hours and I’m in Indianapolis ready to watch all the games up close and personal. Like so many of you, I’ve been following this Big Ten season from the very start. Before the first game tips on BTN/BTN2Go, here are four quick thoughts on today’s matchups. I’ll be posting to BTN.com all day from press row – follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. [MORE: Thursday’s live scoreboard | Friday’s scoreboard | Tourney bracket (PDF) ] 1. The winner of the No. 8 Indiana-No. 9 Illinois game has a shot to advance all

Video: Tourney predictions & images of the year

It’s almost tourney time so watch our experts in Indianapolis make their predictions in this post. Plus, our TV producers and editors worked long and hard to compile a glorious six minutes and 33 seconds of the best images from the 2013-2014 Big Ten basketball season. We’ve embedded it in this post, too. If you follow @bigtennetwork on Twitter, you got a first glimpse of it online. We promise this video is 6 1/2 minutes well spent. Spectacular #B1G hoops images. #B1GTourney WATCH – http://t.co/xpCAKoGvga — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 13, 2014

B1G Tourney: Two lower seeds card wins on Day 1

The opening day of the Big Ten tourney did not disappoint. No. 9 Illinois dispatched Indiana, No. 5 Ohio State eliminated No. 12 Purdue, No. 7 Minnesota held off No. 10 Penn State and No. 11 Northwestern upset No. 6 Iowa. On Friday night, BTN/BTN2Go airs No. 2 seed Wisconsin vs. Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by No. 3 seed Michigan State vs. Northwestern. Can’t get to a TV? Then make sure you have BTN2Go, our live mobile app for iPhone and iPad and for Android devices, or just use BTN2Go.com. Friday’s early games are No. 1 seed Michigan vs.

Big Ten tourney: Your team's points of emphasis

The Big Ten Tournament opens Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. If this year’s Big Ten season is any indication of what’s to come this weekend, we are all in for one wild conference tournament. At this point in the year, teams have figured out both their strong points and weaknesses. And so, there isn’t a team in the Big Ten that doesn’t have some area that could be improved. With that said, I looked at each of the 12 teams and pinpointed those areas as a way of showing you what to watch for when each team takes

Get out the vote: Who will win Big Ten tourney?

Before the Big Ten tourney tips off Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis, the BTN.com team offered its predictions. Who’s going to win it all? Who’s going to take Most Outstanding Player? And what about one bold prediction? See our guys’ answers in this post and vote for your choice. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tournament coverage ] TOM DIENHART, BTN.com senior writer B1G tourney champ: Michigan State MOP: Keith Appling, Michigan State Bold prediction: No. 5 Ohio State will make it to the semifinals. BRENT YARINA, BTN.com editor B1G tourney champ: Wisconsin MOP: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Bold prediction: