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Ranking 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games

It’s time to talk the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The event might be six-plus months away, but the 2013 matchups were released Wednesday afternoon. This year’s event is Dec. 3-4, with six games each night, and it features first-year ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. That last part, the addition of the three perennial Big East contenders, makes this event even more intriguing and far more daunting for the Big Ten. Not only does the ACC gain those three teams, but with 15 teams total, it gets to keep last year’s three-worst teams (Clemson, Virginia Tech & Wake Forest) out

Today's links: Who picks Iowa to finish last?

It’s almost time for an unofficial national holiday: The arrival of the college football annuals. Athlon’s offers a look at its 2013 edition. And, for Iowa fans, it isn’t a pretty sight: The Hawkeyes are picked to finish last in the Legends Division. The 2013 publication pegs Iowa with a 1-7 record in the Big Ten. It also has Iowa finishing 4-8 overall, which would match last season’s overall record–the program’s worst since 2000. This isn’t good news—but, it isn’t shocking, either. “With what they did last year and the huge question at the quarterback position, it really wasn’t that hard

5 things I'm confident about in 2013-14

As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment. 1. Ronnie Johnson, not Yogi Ferrell, will be best point guard in Indiana – No disrespect to Ferrell, whose role is certain to increase in the wake of Indiana losing Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller.

Dienhart: Should NBA have MLB style draft?

Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft. “(My preference would) probably be very much like baseball,” Beilein said. “I think that would be a great thing. If there’s a Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) out of high school, he can get that big contract and go. “If not, go (to college) for three years and make an educated decision. Then guys can redshirt and do all these things. That’s ideal in my mind.” Really, it’s a brilliant idea that I would love to see adopted. We know the colleges would like

Big Ten Geeks: Looking Ahead to 2013-14

We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap. While these numbers will likely change over the next week (especially for Michigan), here’s a current summary of what each team returns for 2013-14: With these numbers in mind, here’s a few thoughts on each team: Indiana will take a major drop, but it helps to drop from such a

Power Rankings: Super-early first look at 2013-14

It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, right? Actually, yes, the day after the completion of one season is entirely too early to start analyzing the next. But even if we don’t know which stars will return and which ones will go pro, it’s fun to consider what next season may bring. See my super-early 2013-14 power rankings in this post. And once all the NBA decision are made, I’ll update this list. [ RELATED: How did I do with last year’s super-early rankings? ] No. 1: Michigan State – If Gary Harris and Adreian Payne stay

Quick Hit: Marble couldn't get going

Iowa didn’t get Roy Devyn Marble going, and he was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scoring just four points. And he didn’t get his first hoop in the second half until the 9:19 mark. Marble finished with six, hitting 3-of-12 shots and missing all four of his 3-pointers. But the junior had scored 24, 28, 24 and 21 in the previous four NIT games. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] Key moment: After trailing 27-22 at halftime, Iowa cut Baylor’s lead to two, 27-25,

Iowa comes up short in NIT title game

Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday night. Mike Gesell led Iowa (25-13) with 13 points and Aaron White had 12. Hawkeyes start Devyn Marble was held to six points. Look back the run through the NIT so far for the Hawkeyes: DATES 3/20 3/22 3/27 4/2 Tonight NIT GAMES vs. InSt W 68-52 Box | Recap vs. StnyBr W 75-63 Box | Recap @ UVa W 75-64 Box | Recap @ MD W 71-60 Box | Recap @ Baylor 9:00

Hottest college hoops player? It might be Marble

There aren’t many college basketball players hotter than Iowa’s Devyn Marble. Louisville’s Russ Smith, maybe? Michigan fans, no doubt, will throw Trey Burke‘s name into the discussion. Fact is, Marble has been on a head-turning hot streak during Iowa’s run to its first NIT title game. In four games, the junior guard is shooting 49 percent and averaging 24.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.8 turnovers. Not bad, huh? Almost forgot, he boasts an impressive 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, to boot. You name it, Marble has done it to lift the Hawkeyes past the likes of

Big Ten Geeks: Iowa taking bite out of Big Apple

While most have been focused on the drama that has led to this weekend’s Final Four (which we will preview Friday), Iowa has quietly been dispatching solid teams in the NIT. The Hawkeyes had a relatively easy time with Maryland last night and will face Baylor in the championship Thursday night. The most impressive aspect of this postseason run has been the return of Iowa’s non-conference offense. Over four NIT games, the Hawkeyes have scored a cumulative 1.12 points per trip, a level of output that Iowa surpassed only five times in 20 games against Big Ten foes. The driver of