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Dienhart: 26 Big Ten hoops questions for 2012-13

Iowa Hawkeyes men's head coach Fran McCaffery

2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Pat Chambers

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The anticipation for the Big Ten basketball season is tangible for a league that looks like it may be the best in America. Five schools appear in most every significant preseason poll. Indiana leads the way, ranking No. 1 in the USA Today poll, Sporting News poll and Athlon poll, among others. Ohio State and Michigan show up in several top fives, while Michigan State and Wisconsin also are ranked in most polls.

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First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

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2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Matt Painter

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post.

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Watch Thursday's Basketball Media Day live online

Michigan State Spartans men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo answers questions during the Big Ten media day at Crowne Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

Victor Oladipo Dunks Over 7 People

Big Ten basketball fans, get ready to watch Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day live online via the Big Ten Digital Network for free. We’ll be streaming live the press conferences for both the men’s and women’s coaches. Both events start at 9 a.m. ET and run up to about noon. On Thursday morning, Use this link to get to the men’s event and use this link to watch the women’s event.

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Reader mail: Our expert takes on your questions

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) spins away from Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Chase Rome (97) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Which Coach Has Done the Best Job in B1G?

What about all these big hits on Ohio State’s Braxton Miller? Does Michigan’s offense need to shake it up?  Is Wisconsin really better than Penn State right now? The readers have great questions, and I have my answers in this week’s mailbag.

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