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Big Ten Geeks: Looking Ahead to 2013-14

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We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap.

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Power Rankings: Super-early first look at 2013-14

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It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, right? Actually, yes, the day after the completion of one season is entirely too early to start analyzing the next. But even if we don’t know which stars will return and which ones will go pro, it’s fun to consider what next season may bring. See my super-early 2013-14 power rankings in this post. And once all the NBA decision are made, I’ll update this list.

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Watch Pitino press conference on BTN/BTN2Go

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Minnesota will introduce Richard Pitino as their school’s 17th men’s basketball coach on Friday morning  and you can watch the entire press conference on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 10 a.m. ET. BTN’s Mike Hall and Shon Morris host our coverage. Earlier,’s Tom Dienhart wrote that this hire fits the job. We also tracked Twitter reaction to the news on Wednesday.

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Twitter: Reaction to Minnesota hiring Pitino

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Minnesota hired Florida International coach Richard Pitino as its new men’s basketball coach Wednesday. Pitino, 30, is the son of legendary coach Rick Pitino, who guided Louisville to this year’s Final Four, his seventh career such trip. See the Twitter reaction to the hiring of the younger Pitino in this post.

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