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Start times announced for 2012 Challenge

The start times for each game of the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods, to be played Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27 and 28, were announced Tuesday morning. See when every game will be played in this post. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 IOWA at Virginia Tech, ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. No. 25 MINNESOTA at Florida State, ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. No. 6 NC State at No. 5 MICHIGAN, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. NEBRASKA at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 9:15 p.m. Maryland at NORTHWESTERN, ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 INDIANA, ESPN, 9:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Virginia

Athlon ranks Tom Izzo No. 1 men's basketball coach

Athlon recently released its ranking of the top 30 men’s basketball coaches, and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo found his name atop the prestigious list. Izzo beat out the usual suspects, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky’s John Calipairi, for top billing and was one of six Big Ten coaches who the made cut. That’s half of the Big Ten coaches, for you non-math majors. And now you know why the experts say the Big Ten features the best coaches. [AthlonSports.com: Ranking the nation’s top college basketball coaches] Here’s what Athlon had to say about Izzo: “Although the NBA has been interested

TheBigLead.com: 50 best players for 2012-13 season

TheBigLead.com’s Jason McIntyre posted his list of the 50 best players in college basketball for the 2012-2013 season Friday, and Indiana rising sophomore Cody Zeller topped the list. Zeller beat out highly touted UCLA recruit Shabazz Muhammad for the No. 1 spot and was one of seven Big Ten players who made the cut. See the entire Big Ten list in this post. [TheBigLead.com: 50 Best Players in College Basketball for the 2012-2013 Season] Here are McIntyre’s Big Ten players: 28. Brandon Paul, Illinois – “Awesome individual talent who, if he works on his 3-point shooting, could become a very,

Team USA: Who'd fill out a Big Ten-only roster?

Team USA tips off its Olympic training slate with its first exhibition game Thursday in Las Vegas. USA is stacked, per usual, and it’s the favorite to win gold next month in London. With the action about to start, I got to thinking: what if Team USA was comprised of only former Big Ten players, starting with the 2007-08 season (the BTN era)? See what my 12-man roster would look like in this post. Why only players who finished their careers between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons? The reason is three-fold: 1. Team USA doesn’t use college players anymore; 2.

SBNation: 99 days until college basketball season

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the college basketball season officially tips off in 99 days. Credit the guys at SBNation.com for alerting us. As a way to celebrate, the site published a fun post Tuesday that offers 99 college hoops thoughts, facts and predictions for the 2012-13 season. And, of course, the Big Ten is represented. See a sampling of some of the best ones in this post. [SBNation.com: 99 College Hoops Thoughts, Facts And Predictions for 2012-13 Season] 4. The number of games being played on aircraft carriers or at military bases to kick off the season on

KenPom.com: Big Ten frosh projections

If you don’t know the names yet, familiarize yourself with Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Mitch McGary and Adam Woodburry before the college basketball season tips off. The way talent evaluators speak of these Big Ten incoming freshmen — among others in the deep and talented class — the future of the conference is in excellent hands. But how much will these uberly talented freshmen contribute in Year 1? Drew Cannon, of KenPom.com, takes a look at that in his 2012 freshman projections, which analyzes members of ESPNU’s Top 100 incoming freshmen. [BTN.com: Cody Zeller made right call staying

Big Ten players on NBA Summer League rosters

Longing for some basketball? The 2012 NBA Summer League tips off July 9-13 in Orlando, with eight teams represented, and continues July 13-22 in Las Vegas, with a record 24 teams in action. They’ll be no shortage of Big Ten products involved, including 2012 first-round picks Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger. See all the Big Ten products who will be in action in this post. Atlanta Hawks (Las Vegas) Chris Kramer, Purdue* John Shurna, Northwestern Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Boston Celtics (Orlando) JaJuan Johnson, Purdue E’Twaun Moore, Purdue Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Charlotte Bobcats (Las Vegas) Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota Chicago

Did You See This? Purdue trick shot video

Name the trick shot, Purdue basketball players D.J. Byrd and Dru Antrhop and former Boiler Ryne Smith made it a recently uploaded DJ Byrd YouTube video. Seriously, these guys got creative in the video that starts with them all hitting halfcourt shots in succession and also includes shots from the Paint Crew and from atop the railing courtside at Mackey Arena. See the video in this post. If you are questioning the authenticity of our skill shot video then we are seriously questioning the authenticity of your intelligence — Ryne Smith (@RyneSmith_) July 3, 2012 [Byrd and Smith were trading

A look ahead: Top Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects

With the 2012 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, it’s time to rank the Big Ten’s top 2013 draft prospects. There’s a ton of talent across the conference, from freshmen to seniors. For the sake of this post, though, only sophomores through seniors are considered. Let’s call it the Harrison Barnes rule. If you remember, two years ago, Barnes was named to the AP Preseason All-America Team before playing a single college game. Things didn’t turn out as well as expected. So without further ado, here are my top 10 Big Ten 2013 NBA Draft prospects. [BTN.com: Four ex-Big Ten

Four ex-Big Ten stars taken in 2012 NBA Draft

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard (No. 11, Portland), Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (No. 21, Boston), Michigan State’s Draymond Green (No. 32, Golden State) and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (No. 58, Minnesota) were all selected in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Relive all the selections with FoxSports.com’s Draft Tracker. Dive inside and see all the Big Ten picks, plus get the latest relevant tweets and school releases. ROUND 1 No. 11: Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, Portland [Watch Leonard get picked | FightingIllini.com story] Meyers Leonard must develop a mean streak and edge to his game. Loaded with talent. Built to last 12-15 years