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Rejoice, basketball fans. BTN is dedicating Friday’s programming to men’s basketball. Starting at 10 a.m. E.T., we’re re-airing a trio of exciting 2011-12 games, including Indiana’s memorable upset of No. 1 Kentucky, all of which precede a marathon of our award-winning “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” which tips off at 3:30 p.m. And to top it all off, at 9 p.m., Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson bring you “Big Ten Basketball Report: NBA Draft Preview.” The 30-minute show includes interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will provide an inside look at the draft

BTN to air NBA Draft Preview Special at 9 p.m. ET Friday

CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process. [VIDEO: Watch all of our NBA Combine interviews] Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will host the

ESPN ranks Big Ten basketball coaching jobs

Many experts have Indiana atop their way-too-early 2012-13 men’s basketball polls. Here’s another accolade for the Hoosiers: ESPN.com ranks the Indiana job as the top position in the Big Ten (see the complete rankings). It’s amazing how fast a program can reclaim its status, isn’t it? What do you think is the best job in the Big Ten? Cast your vote on the poll inside or leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. ESPN’s top 5 Big Ten jobs 1. Indiana 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan State 4. Michigan 5. Wisconsin *See the entire

Counting Down BTN's Most Popular Web Clips

As many of our online readers know, we post plenty of video clips throughout the year ranging from our popular “Did You See This?‘ feature to bonus Internet-only footage from shows like “The Journey 2012.” Over the past school year we also beefed up some extra video goodies, including a BTN Video Facebook page and school-specific Twitter accounts powered by a steady streams of BTN video. Or you can just bookmark this BTN video page and watch it all roll on through every day. We’ve got some big new plans for next football season, including the return of a video

ESPN announces ACC/Big Ten Challenge Pairings

ESPN released the pairings for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday afternoon. The Big Ten has won the past three events, including a resounding 8-4 victory last season, this after losing each of the first 10 years. The 12-game Challenge will be played Nov. 27-28 this season. Check out all the matchups, get your Challenge history and see BTN.com Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post. Tuesday, Nov. 27 Minnesota at Florida State No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana No. 6 North Carolina State at No. 5 Michigan Maryland at Northwestern Iowa at Virginia Tech Nebraska at Wake

Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post. 2012-13 PROJECTED STANDINGS 1. Indiana – The entire starting 5 is back, plus IU welcomes one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. 2. Michigan

Stay or Go? Past Big Ten early NBA draft entrants

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post. Darius Morris — Michigan, 2009-11 College highlights: 2011 All-Big Ten Third Team; set Michigan single-season assist record (235) in 2010-11; recorded third

Reader Mail: NCAA Tourney, Illini Search & More

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. There is a lot going on, with the NCAA tourney at the Sweet 16 stage and spring football in full swing across Big Ten territory. Which of the four Big Ten teams has the best shot to reach the Final Four? What will Wisconsin do at quarterback? I address those questions—and more—in this week’s mailbag. Got a question? I’m adding a new inbox all the time. You can email me here, come talk to me on Twitter, drop a comment on my BTN Facebook page, or type in a question

Dienhart: Big Ten & Sweet 16 since 1985

All season, the computer rankings said that the Big Ten was the nation’s strongest conference. The league lived up to that hype through the first week of the NCAA tourney. Four of the six schools that received bids are still playing, with No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Indiana and No. 4 Wisconsin advancing the second weekend of the tourney. No. 4 Michigan fell in the second round to No. 13 Ohio, while No. 10 Purdue lost in the third round to No. 2 Kansas. There’s a chance the Buckeyes (if they beat No. 6 Cincinnati)

Michigan State, Purdue advance; Michigan falls

Ohio pulled out a stunning 65-60 upset over Michigan in the first of three Friday night games involving Big Ten teams. Purdue dropped St. Mary’s 72-69 in a day of upsets at the NCAA tournament. In the late game, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double to lift Michigan State to an 89-67 win over Long Island. In my daily links in this post, I found some interesting takes on Indiana’s win as well as what lies ahead for Purdue and Michigan. And did you hear what Bill Self said about the Illinois program? Dive on in. Plus, here are times and