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Yarina: My All-Big Ten most improved team

We’re fast approaching the end of the regular season, so that means it’s time to start considering an All-Big Ten most improved team. Who would make your 2013-14 team? Mine is headlined by a quartet of sophomores, including Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas. See my full team, plus vote for your most improved player, in this post. [ MORE: Check out Sean Merriman’s top 10 Big Ten freshmen ] G: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell has done a masterful job picking up the scoring load in the absence of last season’s four 1,000-point scorers. Don’t hold the

B1G week ahead: Iowa games top the list

At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace? Here’s a look at all the games this week. Don’t forget that our real-time scoreboards have times and TV info, too. 1. Iowa at Minnesota, Tues., Feb. 25: Two teams that have been

#BTNLive asks: Best men's hoops team right now is ...

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. Tonight our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s hoops team do you think is the best right now? Your choices for this Twitter poll: #BTNMichigan, #BTNMSU, #BTNWisconsin, or #BTNIowa. Also tonight: Join Mike Hall, Stanley Jackson, Howard Griffith and Shon Morris. Spring Football is upon us. Which new coordinators face the biggest challenges? Jerry Kill got a raise, then said he’s paid too much. What do our experts think of coaches

Merriman: Ranking Big Ten's top 10 freshmen

As the Big Ten hoops season comes down the final stretch, the play of several freshmen could make-or-break a team’s NCAA Tournament chances. Be it on the offensive or defensive end on the court, there are plenty of Big Ten freshmen who have made their presence felt. Here is my ranking of the top 10 freshman performers. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Vonleh has been outstanding in his first year in Bloomington. The 6-10, 240 pound big man is averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which

Big Ten Geeks: Full Stauskas & top defenders

First, a recap of the weekend’s games. But jump to the end for our take on the Big Ten’s best defensive players so far this season. Or as I’ve come to know it—Our Annual Solicitation of Hate Mail from Buckeye Fans. Let’s start things off with Michigan, shall we? The Wolverines took firm control of the conference race by completing their sweep of the in-state rival Spartans. The Wolverine offense—and Nik Stauskas in particular—could not be stopped in the second half. What has to make this loss burn even more is just how well Michigan State played at the other

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean:  Listen to coach Fran McCaffery:  Listen to coach John Groce:  Listen to coach Chris Collins:  Listen to coach Patrick Chambers:  Listen to coach Matt Painter:  Listen to coach Tom Izzo:  Listen to coach Bo Ryan:  Listen to coach John Beilein:  Listen to coach Thad Matta:  Listen to coach Richard Pitino:  Listen to coach Tim

B1G Recap: Michigan takes over first, Huskers stay hot

That was a fun day of Big Ten hoops, wasn’t it? No. 20 Michigan dropped No. 13 Michigan State to move into sole possession of first place and Nebraska stayed hot by dropping Purdue. Catch up on all the action and watch highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NEBRASKA 76, PURDUE 57 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Terran Petteway scored 29 points to lead surging Nebraska, which won its fifth straight game, over Purdue 76-57 Sunday. Nebraska (16-10, 8-6 Big Ten) used a 26-8 second half run to

Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State

Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.

Big Ten Geeks: Surprises and Disappointments

Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the