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Iowa's Matt Gatens

Tourney Time: A Closer Look at Thursday's Games

The 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday with No. 8 seed Iowa taking on No. 9 seed Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (full bracket here). Before the action gets underway, I’m breaking down the first four games with an overview, key matchup and, of course, my prediction. Who do you like in the first four games? Vote inside. Also, I’ll be joining’s Big Ten Geeks bloggers in a live blog for each of the four days of the tourney. Come talk with us during the games on the live tourney

Put Big Ten graphics on your Facebook timelines

Hey Big Ten fans, get in the spirit leading up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament and use any one of 12 special school-themed Facebook timeline graphics. Want a sample? Click here. Now click inside to get all 12 schools. Our BTN Facebook is a popular place as always posting videos and updates. For the tournament, we have a live blog from Indianapolis during all games. And have you checked out the BTN Video Facebook page? Pretty handy. But you’re here for the graphics so let’s get on with it. Click on any one of the basketball-themed graphics below.

Indiana Hoosiers fan holds up a sign during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall. Indiana defeats Michigan State 70-55. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Look Back At The Top Games of 2011-2012

Who can forget Christian Watford’s long-distance dagger as the clock hit zero to lift Indiana over Kentucky and set off the part at Assembly Hall? What about William Buford’s Spartan-killing shot from the top of the key last Sunday to propel Ohio State over Michigan State to win a share of the Big Ten title? Great moments in great games. As we approach the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, I looked back at one wild Big Ten men’s basketball season and laid out my top 17 games. Why 17? Because I can. Bonus: We included video clips, too. I list them

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Get the 2011-12 All-Big Ten hoops teams

BTN announced the 2011-12 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams live on Monday night. Michigan State star Draymond Green was the only unanimous first-team player and also won Player of the Year from the coaches and the media, while Green’s coach, Tom Izzo, claimed both Coach of the Year honors. As for the highly debated Freshman of the Year laurel, Trey Burke (media) and Cody Zeller (coaches) were both selected. Let the debate continue! See all the teams and superlative winners in this post. Earlier Monday,’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina posted their own teams. See them here. Watch our

Michigan's Trey Burke

Michigan claims top spot in power rankings

Now that the Big Ten regular season has come to a close, it’s time to release my latest 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 them and vote for your top play. The latest national polls

Michigan State's Draymond Green's All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Teams

BTN will announce the 2011-12 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams live at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Until then, senior writer Tom Dienhart and editor and blogger Brent Yarina offer up their All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners. Check out their teams and honorees in this post. Don’t agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, Dienhart previews the Big Ten tourney, which starts Thursday morning (bracket), and Yarina posted his latest top 10 plays of the week. And don’t forget to check out the final Big Ten standings or our deep

Big Ten Geeks: The Buckeyes Strike Back

With Keith Appling draped all over him, William Buford hit an absolute dagger of a shot to help Ohio State down Michigan State and ensure a three-way tie atop the Big Ten conference for the season. While that makes banner manufacturers very happy, it was not the result the Spartans were expecting after they found themselves up by 9 after the first half. Ohio State won this game by keeping MSU off the glass, getting to the free throw line, and by the excellent work by whoever had the job of talking Buford into coming back to school every May.

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten Coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. All of our audio can be found in our audio archive. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to coach Matta: Listen to coach Smith: Listen to coach Sadler: Use the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament interactive

Michigan State Spartans guard Branden Dawson (22) during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

Monday's Links: Tourney, Football & Awards

In my first daily batch of links for this week, Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News tells us that Delvon Roe feels Branden Dawson’s pain. No doubt, and Dawson’s loss for the rest of the season to a knee injury suffered in the loss to Ohio State will have a big impact on Michigan State in the postseason. This is a slumping Spartan squad that enters the Big Ten tourney as the No. 1 seed but riding consecutive losses at Indiana and at home yesterday to the Buckeyes on Senior Day. Now, this: News that the freshman sensation is done.

Ohio State's Evan Ravenel

Dienhart: Instant Big Ten tourney analysis

The bracket for the 15th Big Ten tourney is set, with games beginning on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are the top four seeds, respectively, with each receiving a bye in the first round. But the other eight schools will be in action on the first day of a tourney that has been dominated by Ohio State in recent years. The Buckeyes have been to the tourney title game each of the last three years, winning the last two. Ohio State also won the 2007 crown. But 2012 brings a fresh slate