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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

Who's on your school's all-time hoops team?

If you compiled your school’s all-time basketball team, who would land on it? The guys over at HammerAndRails.com tackled the query with their beloved Boilermakers, and the result, as you might expect, is unbelievably talented. See their all-time Purdue team. That’s an impressive set of names. How much so? Put it this way: Chris Kramer, he of the tenacious defense, couldn’t even make it as the last guy off the bench. I’m willing to bet every college coach has a spot on his roster for a player like Kramer. HammerAndRails.com’s all-time starting 5 Glenn Robinson Rick Mount Joe Barry Carroll

Six ex-Big Ten stars invited to NBA Combine

Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor was a late addition to the NBA Combine, but he’ll join Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Ohio State’s William Buford and Jared Sullinger and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel at the event June 6-8 in Chicago (see the full list of players). The combine is a great way for players to make last-minute improvements to their draft stock, and that’s exactly what these guys will try to do. The 2012 NBA Draft is June 28. 2012 NBA Draft Links *NBADraft.net 2012 mock draft *CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman ranks the top 100 NBA draft prospects *AP: Draymond Green expects

Crossroads Classic extended through 2014

The Crossroads Classic, a one-day event featuring a doubleheader between Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue’s men’s basketball teams, isn’t going anywhere. On Tuesday, athletic directors of the four schools agreed to a two-year extension to keep one of college basketball’s premier nonconference events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse through 2014. A season ago in the inaugural event, Indiana beat Notre Dame and Butler topped Purdue. This season, on Dec. 15, 2012, Indiana plays Butler and Purdue takes on Notre Dame. The opponents rotate each season, with Indiana and Purdue never meeting. The Crossroads Classic, modeled after the Hoosier Classic of

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

5 Early Big Ten Breakout Hoops Players

Every year, players who weren’t big-time contributors one season become just that the very next. For example, there was Meyers Leonard last year and Darius Morris two seasons ago. Get BTN.com Brent Yarina’s early top five 2012-13 breakout candidates in this post. To be eligible for this list, a player had to play in the 2011-12 season, while not starting more than half of his team’s games or averaging double digits. Random, I know, but everyone seems to define “breakout” differently, so I applied a few qualifiers. Otherwise, some would consider, say, Aaron White and Dre Hollins breakout candidates, while

Purdue's Hart, OSU's Weatherspoon to transfer

Monday was a busy day in terms of player activity across the Big Ten. It started with good news, that being Trevor Mbakwe would return to Minnesota for the 2012-13 season. Moments later, Purdue announced John Hart was transferring, followed by Ohio State releasing the same news about J.D. Weatherspoon. Watch one of Weatherspoon’s best highlights as a Buckeye now and read about his and Hart’s decisions to leave in this post. WEATHERSPOON TO TRANSFER FROM OHIO STATE J.D. Weatherspoon, a sophomore forward, has been granted a release from his scholarship and will seek to transfer to another school, Thad

7 B1G Teams on Lunardi's 2013 Bracketology

It’s April, the NCAA just crowned its latest men’s basketball champion (Kentucky), so that means it’s time for ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi to post his first installment of 2013 Bracketology. Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams dancing, as of right now, headlined by Indiana, the conference’s lone No. 1 seed. Michigan State and Michigan received No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. See all of Lunardi’s Big Ten predictions in this post. WHERE THE BIG TEN TEAMS LAND No. 1 Indiana No. 2 Michigan State No. 3 Michigan No. 4 Wisconsin No. 4 Ohio State No. 8 Minnesota No. 11 Purdue

Big Ten Stars Eye NBA Dreams

In a recent interview, Robbie Hummel discussed he’s chasing his NBA dream. “I’m just trying to be a guy that can fill a role,” Hummel told the AP. “Make a jump shot, rebound, do whatever the team asks.” In the story, Hummel’s old college teammate and current Boston Celtic says he believes Hummel can make it in the league. Where could Hummel wind up? Tell us in the comments and read the full story inside. The NBA Draft is June 28 and there will be a lot of evaluations between now and then for older guys like Hummel and the