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Thad Matta

Yahoo! Best-case, worst-case for top Big Ten hoops teams

How does three Big Ten teams in the top 10 sound? That’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg has in his Preseason top 25 best-case and worst-case scenarios. The three teams, of course, are Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 8). Eisenberg also lists Wisconsin (No. 19), but no Indiana or Iowa. The four ranked Big Ten teams are fewer than other experts, who either include the aforementioned Hoosiers or Hawkeyes, or both. Still, three teams in the top 10 – top 8, to be precise – is nothing to ignore. [ MORE: Yahoo.com: Preseason top

Mitch McGary

4 B1G players appear on SI 2014 Big Board

A total of four Big Ten players were selected in the first round of this past June’s 2013 NBA Draft, and it looks like that number could go up the following year. SI.com recently released a list of the top 20 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft and four Big Ten products appeared on the big board. Michigan sophomore forward Mitch McGary is the first Big Ten player to make the list, coming in at No. 11. [ More: 5 B1G Teams in CBB Future Power Rankings ] “McGary hustles and plays with relentless energy on every possession,” said SI

5 B1G teams in CBB Future Power Rankings

Our friends over at ESPN.com recently released a list of the 25 college basketball teams most likely to have success over the next three seasons. In order to come up with this detailed list, a group of ESPN college basketball experts were asked to rate programs on a scale, 1-to-10, consisting of five different categories: Coaching, Current Talent, Program Power, Recruiting and Stability. The group then compiled the results and weighted each category, giving the school’s overall score on a scale of 100. Five Big Ten programs appear on the list, headlined by Michigan State, which comes in at No.

SN's DeCourcy puts 6 B1G teams in preseason top 25

Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams. [ MORE: Sporting News’ preseason rankings for 2013-14 ] Michigan State leads the group, at No. 2, behind only No. 1 Kentucky. His other top 25 Big Ten teams include: No. 7 Michigan; No. 11 Ohio State; No. 14 Wisconsin; No. 23 Iowa; No. 25 Indiana. Five of the teams are no

Gary Harris

Rank it: Top 10 Big Ten basketball games of 2013-14

Big Ten basketball fans were treated to some incredible games last season. To this day, we continue to talk about Wisconsin’s shot at the buzzer vs. Michigan to send the game to overtime; Illinois upsetting No. 1 Indiana; and Indiana’s late comeback win at Michigan to clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. What great matchups are in store for the upcoming season, you ask? Let’s find out as I rank my top 10 B1G games on the 2013-14 schedule. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule ] 1. Michigan State at Michigan, Feb. 23. Outside of Duke-North Carolina and

Twitter: 2013-14 men's hoops game you're most excited about?

In case you didn’t hear, the 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule was released Wednesday. In a conference as strong as the Big Ten is expected to be, there are several can’t-miss games. Like, Purdue hosting rival Indiana with revenge on its mind for last year’s blowout losses. Or, Nebraska opening up Pinnacle Bank Arena against reigning national runner-up Michigan. The list goes on. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] But which game are Big Ten fans most looking forward to? I asked the question on Twitter, and here are some of the responses. https://twitter.com/therealbencory/status/372787093648711680 @BTNBrentYarina Spartans

Big Ten releases 2013-14 conference hoops slate

The Big Ten announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, and there will be at least 49 games televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. The Big Ten schedule will begin with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 31, including a New Year’s Eve doubleheader on ESPN2 featuring defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State at Purdue, followed by reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana at Illinois. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] The Big Ten season concludes on March 8 and 9, including a

Tom Izzo

Izzo, Beilein top list of top 25 X's and O's coaches

It is no secret to Big Ten fans that Michigan and Michigan State have restored one of the top in-state rivalries throughout college basketball over the past couple of seasons. But what is it that makes both of these programs so successful? According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, it is all about coaching. Goodman recently put together a list of the top 25 X’s and O’s coaches in America, and Tom Izzo topped the list, followed immediately by Michigan’s John Beilein at No. 2. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and Indiana’s Tom Crean came in at No. 13 and 14, respectively. The list

Times, networks set for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The times and dates have been finalized for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will be played Tuesday Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. See when and on what network your Big Ten team will play in this year’s event inside. [ RELATED: Our guy ranks the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge pairings ] This year’s Challenge includes all 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the ACC’s 15 schools, including first-year members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, the ACC’s three bottom teams from 2012-13, sit out of the event. Last year, the two conferences

Michigan, John Beilein agree to contract extension

John Beilein isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Wednesday, Michigan announced Beilein has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Ann Arbor through the 2018-19 season. “I am very excited to have this opportunity to coach at the University of Michigan for at least five more years,” Beilein said in a school release. “I am grateful that President Coleman and Dave Brandon are pleased with the direction of our program and have extended this offer of agreement.” This past season, Beilein guided the Wolverines to 31 wins, which tied the program record, and the NCAA title game, where it