The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.
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Nebraska is very proud of its state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, scheduled to open for the 2013-14 basketball season, and it’s easy to see why. The $179-million facility is a significant upgrade from the Huskers’ current home, the Bob Deveaney Sports Center. Among the perks, it includes 36 Founders and Executive Suites, 900 club seats and 73 concession points of sale. Read more about the arena at Huskers.com. Said Nebraska Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyer: “I think this gives us a chance, as a basketball program, to put ourselves on the map.” Watch a N’Side Nebraska feature on the arena now.
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Northwestern kept its NCAA tourney hopes alive with a much-needed victory at Iowa (recap) and Minnesota took down Nebraska (recap) in a Saturday BTN doubleheader. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Like highlights? We post some of the best Big Ten highlights in our Did You See This? archive. Gopher fans will love these Rodney Williams dunks.
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Right before halftime of Nebraska’s game against Iowa in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore brought the fans to their feet with a nifty last-second shot as the Huskers cut the Hawkeyes’ lead to 36-33. The junior guard took an Iowa turnover, dribbled up the floor and past defenders, then headed toward the center of the court before launching a long bomb to beat the buzzer. We’ve been building up our “Did You See This?” archive all year. If you liked Moore’s fantastic shot, you’ll want to see all of the others.
Draymond Green for Big Ten MVP? It’s an easy pick, says Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Who can argue with that? Green is the only player in the Big Ten who is averaging a double-double. And his leadership is unmatched, as he has led the Spartans to at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh league championship. Is there any way Michigan State will lose at home to Ohio State on Senior Day on Sunday? I will be shocked if it happens. Read more of my newsy links for Friday. And remember? I do this every weekday.
I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today.