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Double-bye? Single-bye? Who cares?

The Big Ten recently unveiled what its 2014 men’s basketball tourney bracket will look like going forward now that the conference has 14 teams. The format will feature a double-bye for the top four seeds. This has Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News wondering if some coaches should worry. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin ] It seems the extra time off isn’t always desirable for coaches. Instead of sitting for the first two

Photo: See the new Big Ten men's tourney bracket

BTN Live released the new format for the Big Ten men’s and women’s tourneys on Thursday night. Now that the conference boasts 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the events will start a day earlier and run Wednesday-Sunday. This year’s women’s tourney will be March 4-8, and the men’s March 11-15. See the brackets in this post. Wednesday will feature two games: No. 12 vs. No. 13 and No. 11 vs. No. 14. Also new: The top four teams will receive double-byes and open play Friday. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland |

It's Left-handers day! Take a look at our favorite B1G lefties

Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach

Times, networks set for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Big Ten and ESPN announced Tuesday the tip-off times and television information for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. See you’re team’s time and network information in this post. [ MORE: Ranking 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games ] Monday, Dec. 1 Nebraska at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Rutgers at Clemson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) Tuesday, Dec. 2 Pittsburgh at Indiana (6 p.m., ESPN2) Minnesota at Wake Forest (6 p.m., ESPNU) Syracuse at Michigan (6:30 p.m., ESPN) NC State at Purdue (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Illinois at Miami (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Ohio State

Video: Wildcat coaches spoof Seinfeld's show

Jerry Seinfeld has Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and now Northwestern has Coaches in Cars Getting Coffee. The Wildcats recently posted the Seinfeld-inspired video (watch above), and it features Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins driving around the city, hitting all the big sports venues, and talking sports. Collins plays “Seinfeld,” the driver in the video, and Fitzgerald is the guest sitting shotgun. Check out our latest Gone Viral posts: Northwestern’s choice of car? The Acura MDX. There’s a lot of fun stuff in this video. I bet it surprised no one to hear Fitzgerald say he was a big Mike

Photos: Wildcats unveil new court design

Northwestern released the design for its new court at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday morning. The new floor is a much more classic look than the one the Wildcats played on the last two seasons. The biggest changes – other than the elimination of the crayola-like purple shade that didn’t match the midcourt logo – are the darker shade of wood, the Wildcat-less “N” midcourt logo and the addition of the Northwestern Stripe under both baskets. The latter is an excellent touch – just as it was on the school’s uniforms. Another small change: The “B1G” logo is moving from outside

Top Big Ten 'Decisions' of past sports year

LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and

What about the Big Ten's undrafted NBA prospects?

You probably already know seven former Big Ten stars were selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft. See the full list here. But what about the Big Ten products who didn’t hear their name called? Get caught up on the latest reports regarding LaQuinton Ross and Jordan Morgan, among other undrafted Big Ten products. [ MORE: Adreian Payne honors Lacey Holsworth at draft ]

Big Ten takes attendance title for 38th straight year

The Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 38th consecutive season, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Big Ten set a conference record with an average attendance of 13,534 per game, including regular season home games and all six sessions of the Big Ten tourney, for a total of  2,896,322 patrons, the 22nd straight year the conference eclipsed the two-million mark. In addition, the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament welcomed 111,427 fans over six sessions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, an average of 18,571 fans per session and the largest total attendance in Indianapolis.

Twitter: Your Big Ten team's NBA JAM players?

The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.