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B1G tourney notes: Food, IU, Barbasol & more

What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post.

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Purdue eliminates Nebraska, 79-61

Purdue Boilermakers guard Lewis Jackson (23) is called for a foul for charging into Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Toney McCray (0) during the first half of the first round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Purdue vs. Nebraska - 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament

Anthony Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds and Terone Johnson added 16 points and six boards as they teamed up to lead Purdue to a 79-61 victory over Nebraska on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.

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Huskers open Big Ten tourney in new uniforms

Playing their first Big Ten tourney game, Doc Sadler and Nebraska busted out new uniforms Thursday night against Purdue. I call the uniforms new, but they look very old; in fact, the numbers almost look like they were ironed on before the game. The “NEBRASKA” font on the front of the jersey is pretty cool, though. No word on whether this is a new uniform, a one-time thing or a sudden alternate uniform. See a picture of the uniforms in this post.

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Big Ten Tourney Quarterfinals set for Friday

Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) dunks against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half of the first round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Iowa defeated Illinois 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Northwestern Men's Basketball Press Conference - March 8, 2012

BTN covers the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis live on TV and online. On Thursday, Matt Gatens sparked Iowa (17-15) past Illinois with 20 points and three rebounds. Then Indiana took full advantage of the stellar combination of Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls and beat Penn State, 75-58. Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins both helped Minnesota top Northwestern 75-68 in overtime while Purdue dropped Nebraska 79-61.

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Wrapping Up the Regular Season

Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best action you’ll find, and it’s not close, but we’re still talking about a league that’s probably going to get 6 bids, with only a couple of standout teams. Does that sound much different than the past decade, when the Big Ten wasn’t measuring up to the likes of the ACC and the Big East?

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