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Final mock drafts: Where will Big Ten stars land?

It’s almost time for the NBA draft, and I wanted to get creative and ask Big Ten fans where they want their favorite Big Ten players to land. The consensus is that Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are all first-round locks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III could also be first-round selections. But where will these former Big Ten stars call home? Here is a look at the responses we got, as well as where several NBA experts have thesm landing. This should be fun. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana Chad

NBA Draft: B1G prospects ready for tonight

The 2014 NBA Draft is just hours away. Needless to say, the Big Ten’s top prospects woke up this morning well aware just how big of a day it is. See their draft day tweets, plus a few interesting updates from across the web, in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] And here are a few interesting draft-day tweets:

ESPN: Stauskas, Vonleh draft's top shooter, rebounder

Several former Big Ten stars are expected to hear their names called early in next week’s NBA draft. Among those players are Indiana’s Noah Vonleh and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, both of whom are expected to be lottery picks, according to Chad Ford’s latest ESPN Mock Draft 8.1. [ MORE: Which Big Ten player would you want your NBA team to draft? ] Ford and ESPN college hoops analyst Jay Bilas recently published a piece, breaking down the draft’s elite shooters, rebounders, passers and defenders. Bilas tabbed Stauskas as the top shooter in this year’s entire NBA draft class. “Stauskas has

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.

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

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