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Big Ten Media Day notebook: Dirk, Zeller & fashion

While at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday, I walked around the mammoth Hyatt Regency O’Hare in search of some nuggets for a Media Day Notebook.See what I came up with from the event that issued more than 300 credentials, a figure Big Ten officials said was “the most in recent memory.” Plus, find links to all of the rest of our Media Day coverage in the rest of this post D.J. AS DIRK HUNTER: The “D” in D.J. Byrd stands for David. It’ll be Dirk for many people now – at least those who saw the act the

Dienhart: 26 Big Ten hoops questions for 2012-13

The anticipation for the Big Ten basketball season is tangible for a league that looks like it may be the best in America. Five schools appear in most every significant preseason poll. Indiana leads the way, ranking No. 1 in the USA Today poll, Sporting News poll and Athlon poll, among others. Ohio State and Michigan show up in several top fives, while Michigan State and Wisconsin also are ranked in most polls. [RELATED: Big Ten media day notebook: Dirk, Zeller, fashion] Still, questions loom and they are questions that must be answered for this league to be as good

First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post. [RELATED: See Yarina’s preseason All-Big Ten teams | And Dienhart’s] Toughest Big Ten road venue Indiana – 8 Michigan State – 2 Iowa – 1

Dienhart: My preseason basketball lists

It’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day and here are my various preseason picks. My colleague and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina posted his selections over here. STANDINGS 1. Indiana. One of the Big Ten’s deepest and most talented teams in years. 2. Michigan. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., will be the top guard tandem in the league. 3. Ohio State. Life without Jared Sullinger begins—but there’s lots to like including Deshaun Thomas. 4. Michigan State. Always count on Tom Izzo’s teams playing tough defense and rebounding. 5. Wisconsin. Are there more talented teams? Yes. Are there better coached teams?

Yarina: My preseason basketball lists

As BTN.com editor I watch a lot of Big Ten basketball each season. Here are my selections from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Our senior writer Tom Dienhart posted his similar list over here. Compare and contrast, and leave your selections at the bottom of my post. I’m sure fans have differing views. STANDINGS 1. Indiana. So much depth, so much talent, and so many expectations. 2. Michigan. Only issue is leadership, with Zack Novak and Stu Douglass gone. 3. Michigan State. Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix’s length will give foes fits. 4. Ohio State. Few talk about it, but

Watch Thursday's Basketball Media Day live online

Big Ten basketball fans, get ready to watch Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day live online via the Big Ten Digital Network for free. We’ll be streaming live the press conferences for both the men’s and women’s coaches. Both events start at 9 a.m. ET and run up to about noon. On Thursday morning, Use this link to get to the men’s event and use this link to watch the women’s event. Later Thursday we’ll have archived video available in our BTN.com video gallery. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina will file reports to BTN.com

Big Ten beat writers pick Indiana to win Big Ten title

In anticipation of Thursday’s Big Ten basketball media day, Big Ten beat writers released their Writers’ Poll on Tuesday. Twenty-four writers, two from each school, participated in ranking the teams, 1-through-12, and 21 of them predicted preseason No. 1 Indiana to win the conference. The other three picked Michigan. See the entire poll in this post. [RELATED: See Brent Yarina’s preseason Big Ten Player Rankings] Here’s how the writers voted: 1. Indiana 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Michigan State 5. Wisconsin 6. Minnesota 7. Iowa 8. Purdue 9. Illinois 10. Northwestern 11. Penn State 12. Nebraska

Clothes Call: The latest on Big Ten hoops uniforms

We’re just a couple weeks away from the official tip of the 2012-13 college basketball season. With three teams ranked in the top 5 of the preseason Coaches Poll, the Big Ten is expected to be the nation’s premier conference. But before the season tips, Clothes Call wanted to take a look at some of the uniform changes Big Ten fans can expect to see this season. For starters, every Big Ten team’s uniform has at least one new wrinkle: The required “B1G” patch on the left shoulder. Some teams have it standing alone, while others have it placed above

Tip-off Before Kick-off: Byrd as 'Dirk Hunter'

Purdue basketball fans were treated to a surprise musical performance at Friday night’s Tip-off Before Kick-off. The “performer” was Dirk Hunter. Actually, it was Purdue senior D.J. Byrd, in costume, acting as a fake country artist. Byrd pulled off the alias for about four minutes before he took off his shirt and revealed a No. 21 Purdue  jersey. He then took off his cowboy hat and wig, and Purdue fans erupted when they noticed it was Byrd. Watch Byrd entertain the crowd at Mackey Arena now

BTN offers 6 'Midnight Madness' events live online

Big Ten basketball is almost here as a handful of teams plan for opening night events traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” Fans can watch six of these events at Big Ten schools live online via the Big Ten Digital Network. The first three happen Friday night: Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” goes live at 8:20 p.m. ET, Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” goes on at 8:30 p.m., and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” starts at 10:30 p.m. Go to video.btn.com and click on the “Live Events” tab for the full schedule. Here’s a look at Michigan State’s introduction video from