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10 Early Big Ten Questions for 2012-13

The NCAA tournament officially tipped off Tuesday night, as did the NIT, which has BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s attention divided between the tourney and the future. It’s very early to entertain the 2012-13 season, admittedly, but there are important questions Big Ten teams will address, as soon as the coming days or weeks. See Yarina’s top 10 questions facing Big Ten basketball teams in this post. Have a different one? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post. And don’t forget to watch our Big Ten Basketball Images of the Year feature. 1. How does Michigan

Ready, set, click the lastest Big Ten links

In Wednesday’s web links, we look at what some of the Big Ten beat writers are saying about their school’s chances in the NCAA tournament, which tips Thursday for three Big Ten teams. Also, find links and my thoughts on a trio of Big Ten big men who are filling equally big roles for Indiana and Michigan State. There’s some football talk in here, too, as coaches discuss position changes. Find it all in this post. Cody Zeller has exceeded expectations in leading the Hoosiers to a No. 4 seed, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. No doubt. We

BTN to air nightly Big Ten Basketball & Beyond

CHICAGO – With a record 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play, BTN will have full coverage, with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition, presented by 5-Hour Energy, as well as postgame press conferences. Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament, while three men’s teams are competing in the NIT. [See the NCAA.com Men’s Bracket; See the NCAA.com Women’s Bracket] Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will alternate as hosts and be joined by analysts Jim Jackson, Gary Williams, Stephanie White, Keno Davis, Shon Morris, Tim Doyle and

Tourney Preview: A Closer Look at Purdue

Here’s my sixth and final tourney preview for Big Ten men’s teams in the upcoming NCAA Men’s tournament – the others are all right here. Purdue is the No. 10 seed in the Midwest and faces No. 7 seed St. Mary’s on Friday. Earlier, Brent Yarina compiled a helpful post on Purdue’s upcoming opponent. Use the NCAA.com bracket and the BTN scoreboard to track all of the action this tournament. No. 10 PURDUE’S RECORD VS. NCAA FIELD: 3-8 Matt Painter’s NCAA record: 7-5 with Purdue; 7-6 overall at Purdue and Southern Illinois. Advanced to Sweet 16 twice (2009; 2010). Purdue’s

Final Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

The NCAA tourney tips Tuesday night, meaning it’s time to release my final 2012 Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. Also, did you see my top 10 Big Ten plays from the past week? Watch all the plays here. The latest national polls are out, as well. Here we go…

Meet Purdue's opponent: Saint Mary's

For the sixth consecutive season, Purdue is back in the NCAA tournament, this time as a No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. The Boilermakers take on WCC tourney champ and No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s at 7:27 p.m. ET Friday night. Before the game tips off in Omaha, Neb., BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Gaels. A little sampling: Did you know a former Northwestern big man is a reserve for the Gaels? Meet Saint Mary’s in this post. Saint Mary’s Conference: WCC Record: 27-5 RPI: 28 Best win: vs. Gonzaga, 83-62 (box) Coach: Randy Bennett

First Look: What's Ahead in the NCAA Tourney

After four days of Big Ten basketball in Indianapolis, six Big Ten men’s teams move on to the NCAA tournament. Michigan State lands the No. 1 seed in the West and plays Long Island University (Friday, 9:20 p.m. ET), while Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in East and faces Loyola (Md.) (Thursday, 9:50 p.m.). Wisconsin scored a No. 4 seed in East and plays Montana (Thursday, 2:10 p.m.), and Michigan gets a No. 4 seed and plays Ohio University (Friday, 7:20 p.m.) The state of Indiana gets both teams in as Purdue is the No. 10 seed in

Dienhart's Best of the Big Ten Tournament

With 11 games over four days, there was a lot to watch and digest at the 15th Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. There were highs and lows as well as good and bad from the first game to the final game. My best player? Michigan State’s Draymond Green. The Big Ten player of the year had an encore performance, winning tourney MVP honors. Green didn’t enjoy his best scoring effort in the title game win, notching just 12 points, but he still had a big impact as a defender and grabbed a team-best nine boards. Bottom line: Green is a

Counting 'em down: B1G tourney's top plays

The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best

B1G tourney notes: Emotion, Food & Surprise Visitor

It’s Day 3 at the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means we’re down to the semifinals. What’s going on around the tourney aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s filed another notebook. From emotional coaches to school-specific grub to familiar faces in attendance to a hole in the basket support, you can find it all in this post. LETTING THE EMOTIONS FLOW: Coaching is an emotional gig. It’s an occupation that requires guys to wear several hats on a daily basis: coach, teacher, father figure,