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Purdue falls to Bucknell, 70-65

Cameron Ayers scored 18 points to help Bucknell pull the upset and beat Purdue 70-65 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at the 2K Sports Classic. Mike Muscala had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bryson Johnson added 14 points for the Bison. Donnie Hale scored 15 points and Byrd and Ronnie Johnson each added 12 for the Boilermakers. [ Bucknell 70, Purdue 65: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD ] HALFTIME: Purdue leads 33-27 over Bucknell at the half thanks to solid production from Donnie Hale, who has eight points on 4-6 shooting. The long-distance

Purdue blitzes Newberry in exhibition finale

In the final tuneup before the regular season tips, the Purdue men’s basketball team cruised to a 109-68 exhibition victory over  Newberry on Saturday night at Mackey Arena. Terone Johnson shot 8-of-10 from the field and scored 18 points, freshmen Rapheal Davis and Ronnie Johnson each tallied 16 and D.J. Byrd chipped in 11. The Boilermakers shot 55 percent from the field. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com. Purdue hosts Bucknell at 7 p.m. ET Friday on the Big Ten Digital Network.

Boilers, Buckeyes, Spartans win exhibitions

Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue all hosted exhibition games Tuesday night. As expected, the three teams carded wins over Northwood, Walsh and Montevallo, respectively. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas both opened the season with a flurry, registering back-to-back buckets off the opening tip. Watch Dawson’s opening sequence and Thomas’. Check out Dawson’s left-handed jam now and get our video recaps from all three games in this post. [RELATED: Dawson delights in Michigan State exhibition] Michigan State beat Northwood 85-57 – MSUSpartans.com recap Watch Dawson’s final highlight-real stuff. Ohio State topped Walsh, 83-71, as Aaron Craft hit

In the spotlight: B1G players who need to produce

The exhibition season already has tipped off for Big Ten men’s hoops teams. Before the games start to count, though, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina wanted to offer his Big Ten players in the spotlight. Whether the players have big shoes to fill, they’re considered the missing piece or they’re coming off down years, Yarina offers one guy for every Big Ten team. See the list in this post. ILLINOIS Nnanna Egwu, C, So. Why he’s in spotlight: Last season’s breakout big man Meyers Leonard was a first-round NBA pick, meaning Illinois needs a big body, someone to fill the role down

Video: Big Ten men's coaches speak with reporters

There were few new faces mixed in among the veteran Big Ten men’s basketball coaches at the 2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday. Each one held press conferences and we’ve posted the video for each session in this post. Don’t forget that all of our videos – including these ones – live in our robust and searchable BTN.com video gallery. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

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