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Which B1G teams have most NBA picks in last 10 drafts?

The Big Ten is known for having a rich history and tradition of outstanding basketball. In fact, the Big Ten has won a total of 10 national championships, with the first one dating back to 1940 (Indiana) and the latest in 2000 (Michigan State). During that time period, the Big Ten has sent numerous players to the NBA, many of who have gone on to have successful pro careers. That trend should continue this year as the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft is loaded with Big Ten talent. ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman projected five Big Ten players to go in

NCAA APR scores: Big Ten teams continue to shine

The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980


Dienhart: Big Ten excited to put tourney in D.C.

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers. One was built yesterday with the announcement of Dave Gavitt Tipoff Series between the Big Ten and Big East. Another bridge was officially constructed today, with the announcement that the 2017 Big Ten men’s basketball tourney—the 20th in history–is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 1998, the

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Fran McCaffery sounds off on Gavitt Tipoff Games

BTN’s Dave Revsine caught up with Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery on Monday and asked him about his thoughts on the Big Ten and Big East officially announcing the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences. “I think this is really special,” McCaffery said. “When Commissioner Delany first brought it up to all of our coaches, we were unanimously in support of it. “It’s such a great idea to have that kind of TV exposure and that kind of interest in early November to start the

Big Ten men's hoops tourney heads East

Just one day after news broke about the formation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten is making another move to solidify its footprint out East. The 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the conference will announce Tuesday. This will mark the 20th edition of the tourney and the first time it will be played outside of Indianapolis or Chicago. [ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ] The announcement ties in with the Big Ten’s increased presence on the East Coast, beginning with the addition

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Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games

NEW YORK — Jim Delany’s sense of excitement was apparent in his voice when he spoke during breakfast this morning of the coming Big Ten-Big East basketball event that was just hours away from being announced but had been months in planning. Slathering jelly on his wheat toast inside the tony New York Athletic Club on the southern edge of Central Park, Delany spoke about the need to establish a Big Ten presence in New York. And, there was no better partner to help begin that process than the Big East. [ MORE: Gavitt Tipoff Games 101 ] “I have

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Gavitt Tipoff Games: Here's our 101 for new event

The Big Ten and Big East officially announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences, on Monday morning. The event tips off in 2015, and is scheduled to go through 2022. Learn more about the new series in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten makes splash with Gavitt Tipoff Games ] What it is: An annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games between the Big Ten and Big East. The name: The event is named after Dave Gavitt, the late Big East commissioner and Basketball

Big Ten, Big East launch Gavitt Tipoff Games

Two of the most prestigious conferences in the nation, the Big East and the Big Ten, have announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary. The Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball season. The series begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will span eight years, with games played at home sites. The series will feature

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Dienhart: My early 2014-15 hoops predictions

Last week, esteemed colleague Brent Yarina gave us a super-early look at the 2014-15 basketball season, picking an order of finish with three all-league teams. I’m gonna take a bit of a deeper dive into Brent’s early forecast. So, buckle up, and let’s take a ride into the future. Player of the Year: Nebraska G/F Terran Petteway. The athletic wing took the Big Ten by storm last season after transferring from Texas Tech and subsequently leading the conference in scoring. He had his draft stock evaluated and didn’t get high marks from NBA execs. So, expect an uber-motivate Petteway to

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Yarina: Ranking 2014 ACC/B1G Challenge games

The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been announced, and now it’s time to rank the 14 games. Remember, this year, Maryland switches sides and Rutgers also is added to the Big Ten ledger. See my rankings in this post. In case you’re wondering, the ACC leads the event, 10-3-2, although the Big Ten has won or tied each of the last five seasons. [ MORE: 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups announced ] 1. Duke at Wisconsin – Wed., Dec. 3 Duke brings all-world recruits Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit, and Tyus Jones into Madison to face