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Five B1G teams land in Coaches Top 25

The release of the USA Today coaches poll is another indicator of how close we are to beginning basketball season. I was not shocked to see five Big Ten teams ranked in the new poll: 2. Michigan State, 9. Michigan, 10. Ohio State, 21. Wisconsin and 24. Indiana. I thought Michigan State could have merited being the No. 1 team in the nation. Alas, Kentucky got that honor. But the Spartans are loaded with the likes of Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. They didn’t bypass the NBA draft to finish second. And don’t forget about Branden Dawson. Here are a

Penn State to wear Nike Hyper Elite uniforms

The next Nike “Hyper Elite” basketball uniforms have arrived. Thursday, Penn State unveiled its new uniform for the upcoming season. Iowa, another Big Ten Nike school, released its “Hyper Elite” uniform Wednesday. The Big Ten is familiar with this look, as every other Big Ten Nike school (Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue) has rocked the Nike design in previous seasons. [ VIDEO: Penn State Basketball reveals Nike Hyper Elite 2013-14 uniform ] Penn State’s jersey includes the Nittany Lion logo on the back, below the numbers, and the slick-looking lightweight dri-fit shorts. The Nittany Lions will continue

Four B1G programs appear in ESPN's "top two-sport schools"

It is no question that football and basketball rule the world of college athletics. Ohio State is considered a “top-notch” national powerhouse when it comes to college football, and the same can be said about Michigan State when talking about college hoops. But what schools are dominant in both sports? Our friends over at ESPN the Magazine recently published an article titled “The Undisputed Two-Sport Champ,” which uses a detailed formula to determine which college programs rule both football and basketball. The formula takes the following three factors into consideration: On-field success (which accounts for 50 percent of the final

Seth Davis excited to call hoops games for BTN

Come basketball season, Seth Davis is all over your television screen. This winter, that will include BTN/BTN2Go. Davis, along with former “Flyin’ Illini” star Stephen Bardo, highlights the new additions to BTN’s 2013-14 hoops talent roster. The SI and CBS Sports personality will serve as a game analyst and hopes to also find the time to do some studio work. [ MORE: Follow @SethDavisHoops on Twitter! ] What brought Davis to BTN? “First of all, the BTN is terrific,” he said. “I’m a fan. I watch it. It’s high quality production and a high quality product.” Most of all, Davis

BTN to air 67 B1G hoops games; adds Seth Davis to team

CHICAGO – BTN will be the fans’ destination for high-quality hoops this season, with more than half of all Big Ten Conference matchups airing on the network, including nine straight weeks of doubleheaders on “Super Wednesdays.”  In all, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including four Big Ten Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games. “After an unbelievable 2012-13 season that included record ratings for the network, we’re looking forward to another competitive men’s basketball season,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. BTN also has added new talent to its men’s basketball roster. The network’s lead analysts,

Twitter: 2013-14 men's hoops game you're most excited about?

In case you didn’t hear, the 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule was released Wednesday. In a conference as strong as the Big Ten is expected to be, there are several can’t-miss games. Like, Purdue hosting rival Indiana with revenge on its mind for last year’s blowout losses. Or, Nebraska opening up Pinnacle Bank Arena against reigning national runner-up Michigan. The list goes on. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] But which game are Big Ten fans most looking forward to? I asked the question on Twitter, and here are some of the responses. https://twitter.com/therealbencory/status/372787093648711680 @BTNBrentYarina Spartans

Big Ten releases 2013-14 conference hoops slate

The Big Ten announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, and there will be at least 49 games televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. The Big Ten schedule will begin with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 31, including a New Year’s Eve doubleheader on ESPN2 featuring defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State at Purdue, followed by reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana at Illinois. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] The Big Ten season concludes on March 8 and 9, including a

Times, networks set for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The times and dates have been finalized for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will be played Tuesday Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. See when and on what network your Big Ten team will play in this year’s event inside. [ RELATED: Our guy ranks the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge pairings ] This year’s Challenge includes all 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the ACC’s 15 schools, including first-year members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, the ACC’s three bottom teams from 2012-13, sit out of the event. Last year, the two conferences

Penn State men's hoops to host Princeton in Rec Hall

Penn State basketball is back at Rec Hall–for one game, at least. Wednesday, Penn State announced it will host Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 14 in its old gym. [ GoPSUSports.com: Penn State basketball to ‘Return to Rec’ ] “This is a very exciting day for our program, alumni and fans of Penn State basketball,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a release. “I watched Penn State basketball in Rec Hall when I was younger, and it was electric.” The game will mark the program’s first at Rec Hall since the Nittany Lions steamrolled Wisconsin, 79-50, on Jan. 7, 1996.

Ex-Penn State G Marshall transfers to Arizona State

Former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall is planning to transfer to Arizona State. Marshall, the Nittany Lions’ second-leading scorer last season, announced in May that he was forgoing his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career overseas. The 6-foot-4 guard is now headed to Arizona State instead, as long as he fulfills requirements to graduate this summer. Marshall averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a junior at Penn State. If he does graduate and become eligible, Marshall would likely be a starter for the Sun Devils alongside Jahii Carson in what could become one of