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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 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 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

Ohio State's J.D. Weatherspoon

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’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

Michigan's Trey Burke

Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post. 2012-13 PROJECTED STANDINGS 1. Indiana – The entire starting 5 is back, plus IU welcomes one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. 2. Michigan

Stay or Go? Past Big Ten early NBA draft entrants

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA),’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post. Darius Morris — Michigan, 2009-11 College highlights: 2011 All-Big Ten Third Team; set Michigan single-season assist record (235) in 2010-11; recorded third

Hummel wins Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Purdue All-American forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner for men’s basketball. The announcement and trophy presentation were made Friday by Lowe’s, an official corporate sponsor of the NCAA, during the open practice sessions of Final Four Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Hummel is Purdue’s first-ever winner of the award, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The award is chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men’s basketball head coaches, national media and fans. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be

Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) drives to the basket during practice the day before the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Reader Mail: NCAA Tourney, Illini Search & More

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. There is a lot going on, with the NCAA tourney at the Sweet 16 stage and spring football in full swing across Big Ten territory. Which of the four Big Ten teams has the best shot to reach the Final Four? What will Wisconsin do at quarterback? I address those questions—and more—in this week’s mailbag. Got a question? I’m adding a new inbox all the time. You can email me here, come talk to me on Twitter, drop a comment on my BTN Facebook page, or type in a question