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Toughest venue? Best uniform? See what B1G stars say

The city of Chicago was filled with college basketball’s best on Thursday as the top players and coaches from around the Big Ten gathered at the annual Big Ten Media Day. It was a chance to ask some out-of-the-norm questions and find out who really are the best personalities around the Big Ten. I conducted a Big Ten poll, asking one player from every team a series of five questions. See what they had to say here in this post. Editors note: Player responses are anonymous. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/city/uniform/coach in their answers. [ More: Hoosiers reload with

Watch all the Big Ten men's coaches speak

Here are the podium press conference sessions from all 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches. Indiana’s Tom Crean: “We have a lot to learn. I think the biggest thing we’re trying to get accomplished right now is to get our team to understand — this team to understand what it takes to practice at a championship level and showing the standards of last year, not necessarily who it was, but how it was done, I think is the most important thing.” Illinois’ John Groce: “We want to play faster this year. Have we built ourselves for more speed? Yes. Will

Izzo has high praise for Harris

Michigan State is the pick to win the Big Ten. Why not? The Spartans teem with talent for a program that went 27-9 last season while advancing to the Sweet 16. There’s Keith Appling, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine for a team ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in some polls. But the hub of all this talent is Gary Harris. How good is the sophomore, who spurned the NBA to return to East Lansing? Listen to Tom Izzo. “This kid has gotten better and better and I think will get better and

Harris, MSU top Big Ten preseason lists

Michigan State has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s

Live Blog: Track B1G Basketball Media Day

Today’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day press conferences were streamed live and for free from Chicago on the Big Ten Digital Network. Head into this live blog to watch your Big Ten men’s coach talk to the media. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman will file reports all morning. Follow them on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNSean and get more BTN updates from the events with the live blog in this post. First, track #B1GMediaDay tweets right below. MORE: Men’s exhibition live streaming schedule | Men’s schedules | Women’s schedules

Clothes Call: Check out these Big Ten hoops changes

A new basketball season is upon us. Before the ball tips early next month, let’s take a look at some of the new uniform and court designs we’ll see around the Big Ten this season. A little warning, there aren’t nearly as many changes this year as there were last, and that goes for both the uniforms and the courts. Some good news: After talking to team representatives, it seems like we won’t see the adidas “Bleed Out” or Nike “Hyper Elite Road” uniforms that debuted last season. That doesn’t mean the companies won’t come out with some other new

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State 2013-14 Preview

Michigan State won 27 games last year, the 5th time in 6 years it’s won at least that many. But more is at stake this year. Below, I’ll look at whether Tom Izzo can get back to the mountaintop. 2013 Record: 27-9 (13-5) Conference Offensive Efficiency: 1.06 (3rd) Conference Defensive Efficiency: 0.97 (3rd) Percentage of Conference Minutes Returning: 86 Percentage of Conference Minutes Played by Returning Freshmen: 29 The Streak—Every four-year player that Tom Izzo has recruited, has played in at least one Final Four. Michigan State fans have this factoid locked and loaded for any debates about where Izzo

BTN.com's preseason All-Big Ten teams, predictions

Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday, so it’s time for the BTN.com team to release their All-Big Ten Teams, predicted standings and predictions. See what Stephen Bardo, Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman, Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks have in store for the 2013-14 season. [ MORE: Big Ten beat writers’ All-Big Ten teams, superlatives ] STEPHEN BARDO, BTN analyst FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State. SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Glenn Robinson

Big Ten beat writers' preseason All-Big Ten teams, honors

Which Big Ten players will earn All-Big Ten honors in 2013-14? Who will take home the conference’s individual awards? BTN.com recently polled one beat writer from every Big Ten team to seek out the answers. See their 2013-14 All-Big Ten Teams and superlative winners in this post. Here’s how this worked: Players were awarded three points for first-team distinction, two for second-team, and one for third-team. The numbers were added up, and the top 5 vote-getters, regardless of position, made first team, the next five second team, the next five third team. B1G MEDIA FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Video: Watch Michigan State exhibition highlights

Keith Appling had 17 points as Michigan State beat Grand Valley State 101-52 in an exhibition opener Tuesday night. Appling was 6 for 9 from the field, including making 5 of 7 from 3-point range to show an improved outside stroke. Coach Tom Izzo’s other perimeter players contributed to a 14-for-24 effort beyond the arc. Gary Harris, the 2013 Big Ten freshman of the year, had 14 points. Share some of the top individual highlight clips below. VIDEO: @MSU_Basketball's Keenan Wetzel delights the faithful with a late trey. #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/1lRgRQh3mZ — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) October 30,