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Dienhart: Big Ten and NCAA tourney ... A-Z

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Jimmy King Joins #BTNLive

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The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance.

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Photo: Visual proof of B1G branding with Yankees

It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium.

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Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Tuesday, six Big Ten hockey coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. BTN/BTN2Go will air the inaugural Big Ten tourney in its entirety, starting Thursday afternoon and ending Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

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#BTNLive asks: Who makes longest NCAA tourney run?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team advances the furthest in the NCAA tourney?

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Four Big Ten teams to play in 2014 WNIT

Four Big Ten teams were named to the 2014 WNIT field, it was announced Monday night, hours after five of the conference’s teams made the NCAA tournament. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern will compete in the tournament, starting Wednesday. Read more about each team’s berth in this post.

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Site: Spartans B1G's best chance to win NCAA title

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Branden Dawson Interview - 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship

NCAA tourney predictions are all over the internet today. But few are as comprehensive as fivethirtyeight.com‘s forecaster that calculates the chance each team has of reaching each round. The site reached its results by “taking into account a composite of power rankings, pre-season rankings, the team’s placement on the NCAA’s 68-team S-curve, player injuries and geography.

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