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Big Ten Geeks: Before the madness, a look back

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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?

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Amazing moments: See these top tourney plays

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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.

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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.

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Dienhart: Bill Carmody firing 'correct decision'

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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.

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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.

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

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Brandon Paul Sinks the Jumper and the Gophers

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.

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