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Dienhart: Big Ten's marquee events to stay put

While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)

Need a fantasy team name? These B1G names will do!

With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names. Have a fun team name for a Big Ten athlete? We encourage you to submit it in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! B1G ALL-TIME GREATS Lucas, I am Your Father Havlicek Yourself Before You Wreck

Merriman: Top B1G draft classes of past decade

The Big Ten is known as being one of the best college basketball conferences in the nation. We have seen countless All-Americans sport Big Ten jerseys and go on to have outstanding NBA careers, from John Havlicek to Earvin “Magic Johnson to Isiah Thomas, to name a few. We know some of the all-time greats, but what kind of NBA talent has the Big Ten produced in recent years? I studied the past 10 years and looked back at all the Big Ten NBA draft picks since 2004. I took note of  how many players were drafted each year, where

Video: Chris Collins sings at Wrigley Field

Northwestern’s Chris Collins proved he can coach against the nation’s elite in his first season as a head coach. That’s great and all, but what kind of singer is he? It’s a random question, yes, but Collins had the honor of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Sunday at Wrigley Field. So many Chicago personalities have butchered the song and embarrassed themselves. Not Collins. The second-year coach nailed his rendition. Collins also threw out the ceremonial first pitch: Here's @NUMensBball's @coach_collins ready to throw his ceremonial first pitch: pic.twitter.com/Rg6X76iKyC — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 18, 2014 And here

NCAA APR scores: Big Ten teams continue to shine

The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980

Dienhart: Big Ten excited to put tourney in D.C.

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers. One was built yesterday with the announcement of Dave Gavitt Tipoff Series between the Big Ten and Big East. Another bridge was officially constructed today, with the announcement that the 2017 Big Ten men’s basketball tourney—the 20th in history–is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 1998, the

Fran McCaffery sounds off on Gavitt Tipoff Games

BTN’s Dave Revsine caught up with Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery on Monday and asked him about his thoughts on the Big Ten and Big East officially announcing the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences. “I think this is really special,” McCaffery said. “When Commissioner Delany first brought it up to all of our coaches, we were unanimously in support of it. “It’s such a great idea to have that kind of TV exposure and that kind of interest in early November to start the

Big Ten men's hoops tourney heads East

Just one day after news broke about the formation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten is making another move to solidify its footprint out East. The 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the conference will announce Tuesday. This will mark the 20th edition of the tourney and the first time it will be played outside of Indianapolis or Chicago. [ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ] The announcement ties in with the Big Ten’s increased presence on the East Coast, beginning with the addition

Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games

NEW YORK — Jim Delany’s sense of excitement was apparent in his voice when he spoke during breakfast this morning of the coming Big Ten-Big East basketball event that was just hours away from being announced but had been months in planning. Slathering jelly on his wheat toast inside the tony New York Athletic Club on the southern edge of Central Park, Delany spoke about the need to establish a Big Ten presence in New York. And, there was no better partner to help begin that process than the Big East. [ MORE: Gavitt Tipoff Games 101 ] “I have

Gavitt Tipoff Games: Here's our 101 for new event

The Big Ten and Big East officially announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences, on Monday morning. The event tips off in 2015, and is scheduled to go through 2022. Learn more about the new series in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ] What it is: An annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games between the Big Ten and Big East. The name: The event is named after Dave Gavitt, the late Big East commissioner and Basketball