The final weekend of the Big Ten regular season got off to an exciting start Saturday. No. 12 Michigan completed an impressive 15-3 Big Ten championship season with a victory over Indiana, and Illinois upset No. 24 Iowa on Jon Ekey’s last-second triple. Catch up on all the action and video highlights in this post.
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BTN gets fans ready for March Madness with a 2013 Tournament Rewind next Monday through Wednesday, featuring replays of last season’s most exciting NCAA Tournament games involving Big Ten teams. Four Big Ten men’s basketball teams reached the Sweet 16, two advanced to the Elite Eight, and after an incredible run, Michigan came up just shy of winning the National Championship.
Michigan State used a run out of intermission to create separation from Iowa in an eventual 10-point win. Both teams scored nearly at will in this one, but the Spartans’ outstanding three-point shooting masked a high turnover rate that is becoming worrisome.
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The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”
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Surely, you saw the Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie that featured a host of Hollywood celebrities. It has more than 3.2 million retweets. Well, to honor the team’s first outright Big Ten crown since 1986, the Michigan basketball team “recreated” the shot with mugshots of their players.
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The college basketball regular season is coming to a close, which means that it’s time for ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s annual NBA Mock Draft update. Ford lists five Big Ten stars in his latest Mock Draft 3.0, which was created based on NBA standings through March 4.