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Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection – wait for it – an early NCAA men ‘s basketball bracket. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart’s roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

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Jon Crispin: Why you should be excited about Big Ten hoops

Mar 15, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo shakes hands after the game with Wisconsin Badgers coach Bo Ryan in the semifinals of the Big Ten college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Wisconsin 83-75. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Izzo talks at Big Ten media day

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For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.

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