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BTN to air NBA Draft Preview Special at 9 p.m. ET Friday

CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process. [VIDEO: Watch all of our NBA Combine interviews] Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will host the

Chicago Bulls wowed by Nebraska's hoops facilities

Other than similar team colors, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Chicago Bulls have very little in common. Actually, there is another thing: Eric Piatkowski played for both teams. In all seriousness, though, it probably surprises all that the Bulls, an NBA championship franchise, would consult the Huskers, a team without a conference title in more than six decades, about anything basketball related. They did, and it has to do with Nebraska’s impressive Hendricks Training Complex. [Omaha.com: Chicago Bulls execs ‘blown away’ by NU facilities] See, the Bulls are in the market for a new practice facility, this after announcing they are

Former Husker Coach Doc Sadler hired at Kansas

(AP) Doc Sadler was hired on Wednesday as the director of basketball operations at Kansas, where he will rejoin the Big 12 after spending one season coaching in the Big Ten. [Read the full AP story] Sadler replaces Barry Hinson, who served as Kansas coach Bill Self’s director of basketball operations the past two seasons. Hinson was recently hired as head coach at Southern Illinois. “This is an unbelievable opportunity to have a chance to get back into college basketball,” Sadler said in a statement announcing his hiring. “When making decisions, I really thought I would sit out this year,

ESPN ranks Big Ten basketball coaching jobs

Many experts have Indiana atop their way-too-early 2012-13 men’s basketball polls. Here’s another accolade for the Hoosiers: ESPN.com ranks the Indiana job as the top position in the Big Ten (see the complete rankings). It’s amazing how fast a program can reclaim its status, isn’t it? What do you think is the best job in the Big Ten? Cast your vote on the poll inside or leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. ESPN’s top 5 Big Ten jobs 1. Indiana 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan State 4. Michigan 5. Wisconsin *See the entire

Counting Down BTN's Most Popular Web Clips

As many of our online readers know, we post plenty of video clips throughout the year ranging from our popular “Did You See This?‘ feature to bonus Internet-only footage from shows like “The Journey 2012.” Over the past school year we also beefed up some extra video goodies, including a BTN Video Facebook page and school-specific Twitter accounts powered by a steady streams of BTN video. Or you can just bookmark this BTN video page and watch it all roll on through every day. We’ve got some big new plans for next football season, including the return of a video

Nebraska adds Texas Tech transfer Terran Petteway

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday that Terran Petteway has transferred to the Huskers. Petteway, who spent the 2011-12 season at Texas Tech University, will have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2013-14 season. Petteway started 11 times and averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 27 games last season. He scored a season-high 13 points against DePaul in the Old Spice Classic and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds against Texas. “We are thrilled to add Terran to our program,” Miles said in a statement. “He can be a very dynamic player for us. Terran is a

ESPN announces ACC/Big Ten Challenge Pairings

ESPN released the pairings for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday afternoon. The Big Ten has won the past three events, including a resounding 8-4 victory last season, this after losing each of the first 10 years. The 12-game Challenge will be played Nov. 27-28 this season. Check out all the matchups, get your Challenge history and see BTN.com Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post. Tuesday, Nov. 27 Minnesota at Florida State No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana No. 6 North Carolina State at No. 5 Michigan Maryland at Northwestern Iowa at Virginia Tech Nebraska at Wake

Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post. 2012-13 PROJECTED STANDINGS 1. Indiana – The entire starting 5 is back, plus IU welcomes one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. 2. Michigan

Stay or Go? Past Big Ten early NBA draft entrants

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post. Darius Morris — Michigan, 2009-11 College highlights: 2011 All-Big Ten Third Team; set Michigan single-season assist record (235) in 2010-11; recorded third

Dienhart: Huskers announce Miles as coach

Nebraska announced Colorado State’s Tim Miles as its new basketball coach Monday. Miles takes over for Doc Sadler, who went 101-89 in six seasons in Lincoln. He took the Cornhuskers to the NIT three times but never earned an NCAA bid. Nebraska went 12-16 overall and 4-13 in the Big Ten this season, finishing last in its first season in the conference. [AP: Nebraska coach asks fan to give him chance] Nebraska is investing heavily in its basketball program. The team moved into the $18.7 million state-of-the-art Hendricks Training Complex this season that features a palatial locker room and practice court.