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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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Jon Crispin: A coaching staff's mindset for exhibition games

Feb 15, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles watched his team during the second half of the game at Mackey Arena. Purdue Boilermakers defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 66 to 54. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Miles: 'I'm just here so I won't get fined'

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Exhibition Week is an exciting time for the basketball enthusiast around the country. While it is simply the week before the start of the official season, it is the first time you get to see your favorite team in action against someone other than themselves.

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