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Dienhart: Collins hiring 'makes so much sense'

Moments after Bill Carmody was fired as Northwestern coach on March 16, speculation began to swirl about Duke associate head coach Chris Collins being a top target. That speculation became reality today when Collins was named Wildcats coach. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, earning Illinois Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-America honors at Glenbrook North before matriculating to Duke. And, Collins is practically basketball royalty, as the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, who also coached the Bulls and starred at Illinois State and in the NBA. But

Reader mail: My NCAA tournament edition

It’s time to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing questions. Lots of good questions this week, as usual. Yes, spring football is heating up. But with March Madness here, hoops are on your mind. So, let’s start there. How much do you think Bill Carmody’s age (61 years old) may have been a factor in him being fired at Northwestern? – Fred Druler I don’t think it had anything to do with Northwestern opting to bid adieu to Carmody. It had everything to do with his 192-220 overall record at Northwestern and 70-150 Big Ten record in 13 seasons

Big Ten Geeks: Before the madness, a look back

As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards? Here’s our projected Big Ten records from November compared to the actual results: Team BTG Predicted W-L Actual W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 14-4 0 Ohio State 13-5 13-5 0 Michigan State 12-6 13-5 +1 Michigan 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 8-10 -3 Illinois 9-9

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Amazing moments: See these top tourney plays

If it’s highlights you’re looking for, the Big Ten tourney was the place to be. From Brandon Paul’s buzzer-beater in Thursday’s opening round to Keith Appling’s drive and posterizing dunk on Friday, there was no shortage of highlight-reel plays. Watch some of our favorite Big Ten tourney plays from the first three days in this post. SUNDAY’S FINAL Evan Ravenel finds Deshaun Thomas for reverse layup: Sam Thompson soars for dunk to open title game: SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS Adreian Payne elevates for putback: Sam Dekker turns Ryan Evans block into transition And-1: Victor Oladipo sets up Cody Zeller And-1 dunk: FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Watch live: NU press conference at 6:30 p.m. ET

The Big Ten Digital Network will stream a live Northwestern press conference at 6:30 p.m. ET concerning the Wildcats’ men’s basketball program. Earlier Saturday, the school announced that Bill Carmody would not return as Northwestern’s basketball coach. Carmody went 192-210 record in 13 seasons, including a 13-19 mark during the 2012-13 campaign. You can watch the live event via this link. Earlier, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote about the announcement: “I know all about the tough hand Carmody was dealt this season, with key injuries to Drew Crawford and Jared Swopshire and the suspension of JerShon Cobb. But at some point, the excuses have to

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Dienhart: Bill Carmody firing 'correct decision'

Bill Carmody hasn’t gotten Northwestern to the NCAA tournament in 13 seasons on the job. And, he won’t get a 14th try. Today, the school announced Carmody won’t be back. I’m sure it was a difficult decision. But, it was the correct decision. Carmody had more than enough time to figure it out in Evanston. So, when NU announced that Carmody was out, it was no shocker. [ VIDEO: See the live press conference from Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. ET. ] I know all about the tough hand Carmody was dealt this season, with key injuries to Drew Crawford and Jared

Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 1

The tournament opener between Illinois and Minnesota didn’t offer much in the way of aesthetically pleasing play, but a buzzer beater has a way of upping the entertainment value. The Gophers turned it over on a season-worst 35 percent of their possessions, allowing the Illini to stay in the game dispute big Minnesota advantages in every other category. That set the stage for the finish, which included a wild five-shot Illinois possession that ended with a D.J. Richardson three to tie the game. The Gophers then struggled under the pressure, nearly turning it over twice before Austin Hollins stepped on

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Best of Day 1 at Big Ten tourney: Paul shines brightest

Thursday’s opening day of the Big Ten tourney featured a game-winning buzzer-beater (Illinois over Minnesota) and an upset (No. 10 Nebraska over No. 7 Purdue). Catch up on the best performances, numbers and highlights from the opening day of action at the United Center in this post. DAY 1 STARS 1. Brandon Paul, Illinois – 10-16, 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers. On a day where neither team could find the bottom of the bucket, Paul was one of the only players to have success in Illinois’ win over Minnesota. He accounted for 49 percent of

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Quick hit: Iowa playing with a mission

This was no shock, as Iowa was expected to take care of business vs. the Wildcats. And, it did with efficiency. The Hawkeyes overwhelmed an undermanned Northwestern team with a balanced attack. This is a team on a mission, as Iowa fights for its first NCAA bid since 2006.  The Hawkeyes have won three in a row and four of five. Key moment: The Hawkeyes raced out to an 11-0 start at the 13:05 mark to start the game. From there, it basically was over. Iowa came at Northwestern in waves, as three players finished in double-figures: Roy Devyn Marble

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Iowa trips up Northwestern, keeps NCAA hopes alive

Devyn Marble scored 19 points to help Iowa hold on for an important 73-59 victory over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night. Mike Gesell added 11 points, including a clinching three-point play with 1:41 left as the Hawkeyes (21-11) continued their late-season push for a spot in the NCAA tournament with their eighth victory in 10 games. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL:  Northwestern (13-19) fell 73-59 to Iowa (21-11) on Thursday at