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Big Ten releases 2012-13 men's hoops schedule

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2012-13 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule Thursday. The conference season begins on New Year’s Eve and culminates in March with the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. The conference slate tips off Monday, Dec., 31, with Iowa hosting Indiana and Minnesota welcoming Michigan State. Games continue Wednesday, Jan. 2 (lllinois-Purdue and Nebraska-Ohio State), while the remaining four teams open their conference slates Thursday, Jan. 3 (Michigan-Northwestern and Penn State-Wisconsin). [PDF: View the complete 2012-13 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule] The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will tip off

Lunardi: 7 Big Ten teams dancing in first Bracketology

It’s the middle of August, the college football season hasn’t started, and ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has released his first Bracketology. All kidding aside, Big Ten fans will like Lunardi’s prognostications, as he has seven Big Ten teams dancing, which ties the Big East for the most in the field. [ESPN.com: Bracketology with Joe Lunardi] Indiana paces the Big Ten as the lone No. 1 seed. The rest of the Big Ten field: Michigan and Michigan State at No. 2 seeds, Wisconsin No. 3, Ohio State No. 4, Minnesota No. 7 and Purdue No. 12. That’s a lot of high seeds,

Start times announced for 2012 Challenge

The start times for each game of the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods, to be played Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27 and 28, were announced Tuesday morning. See when every game will be played in this post. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 IOWA at Virginia Tech, ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. No. 25 MINNESOTA at Florida State, ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. No. 6 NC State at No. 5 MICHIGAN, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. NEBRASKA at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 9:15 p.m. Maryland at NORTHWESTERN, ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 INDIANA, ESPN, 9:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Virginia

Tubby Smith, Gophers agree to contract extension

Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague announced Monday that Tubby Smith has agreed to terms on a contract extension through the 2016-17 season. “I am pleased to announce that Coach Smith and Gopher Athletics have agreed on a contract extension,” Teague said in a release. “Tubby took over our program at a difficult time and quickly got it headed back in the right direction, both athletically and academically.” [GopherSports.com: Tubby Smith, Gophers agree to contract extension] Smith and the Gophers are coming off of a 23-win season and an appearance in the 2012 NIT Championship game.  The 23 wins are

TheBigLead.com: 50 best players for 2012-13 season

TheBigLead.com’s Jason McIntyre posted his list of the 50 best players in college basketball for the 2012-2013 season Friday, and Indiana rising sophomore Cody Zeller topped the list. Zeller beat out highly touted UCLA recruit Shabazz Muhammad for the No. 1 spot and was one of seven Big Ten players who made the cut. See the entire Big Ten list in this post. [TheBigLead.com: 50 Best Players in College Basketball for the 2012-2013 Season] Here are McIntyre’s Big Ten players: 28. Brandon Paul, Illinois – “Awesome individual talent who, if he works on his 3-point shooting, could become a very,

Team USA: Who'd fill out a Big Ten-only roster?

Team USA tips off its Olympic training slate with its first exhibition game Thursday in Las Vegas. USA is stacked, per usual, and it’s the favorite to win gold next month in London. With the action about to start, I got to thinking: what if Team USA was comprised of only former Big Ten players, starting with the 2007-08 season (the BTN era)? See what my 12-man roster would look like in this post. Why only players who finished their careers between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons? The reason is three-fold: 1. Team USA doesn’t use college players anymore; 2.

SBNation: 99 days until college basketball season

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the college basketball season officially tips off in 99 days. Credit the guys at SBNation.com for alerting us. As a way to celebrate, the site published a fun post Tuesday that offers 99 college hoops thoughts, facts and predictions for the 2012-13 season. And, of course, the Big Ten is represented. See a sampling of some of the best ones in this post. [SBNation.com: 99 College Hoops Thoughts, Facts And Predictions for 2012-13 Season] 4. The number of games being played on aircraft carriers or at military bases to kick off the season on

KenPom.com: Big Ten frosh projections

If you don’t know the names yet, familiarize yourself with Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Mitch McGary and Adam Woodburry before the college basketball season tips off. The way talent evaluators speak of these Big Ten incoming freshmen — among others in the deep and talented class — the future of the conference is in excellent hands. But how much will these uberly talented freshmen contribute in Year 1? Drew Cannon, of KenPom.com, takes a look at that in his 2012 freshman projections, which analyzes members of ESPNU’s Top 100 incoming freshmen. [BTN.com: Cody Zeller made right call staying

Indiana's Cody Zeller

A look ahead: Top Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects

With the 2012 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, it’s time to rank the Big Ten’s top 2013 draft prospects. There’s a ton of talent across the conference, from freshmen to seniors. For the sake of this post, though, only sophomores through seniors are considered. Let’s call it the Harrison Barnes rule. If you remember, two years ago, Barnes was named to the AP Preseason All-America Team before playing a single college game. Things didn’t turn out as well as expected. So without further ado, here are my top 10 Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects. [BTN.com: Four ex-Big Ten