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Big Ten Geeks: Wisconsin 2013-14 Preview

It’s gotten to the point of cliche. “As long as Bo Ryan is head coach at Wisconsin, put the Badgers in your top 25.” We Geeks take pride in scoffing at conventional wisdom, but don’t some things become cliche for a reason? This is one bit of conventional wisdom with which we can’t really argue. With most programs, we can look at returning minutes, returning freshman minutes, and prior season efficiency margin, and we’re most of the way to a solid projection. Sure, we still look at how the pieces fit together, what the team’s strengths and weaknesses were, and what

Top 10 Plays from B1G exhibition games

Can you feel it ladies and gentlemen? College basketball is officially here. The Big Ten basketball regular season is scheduled to kick off Friday night with a full-slate of action. But let’s not forget how entertaining the past two weeks of exhibition hoops have been. We have seen everything from dunks, to blocks to a freshman guard scoring seven points in a span of 37 seconds. With that said, let’s go ahead and count down the top 10 plays from this year’s Big Ten exhibition games. [ MORE: Big Ten hoops mock draft ] 10. Michigan freshman guard Derrick

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a video of former Indiana standout Victor Oladipo performing “Ain’t No Sunshine” at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase for Indiana University Athletics. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Wednesday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: Is there anything Victor Oladipo can’t do? The 10 angriest coaches in college basketball — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) November 6, 2013 Our take: Four's Big Ten hoops mock draft results

The Big Ten men’s basketball season officially tips off Friday night. Before the ball goes into the air, the team thought it would be fun to hold a Big Ten mock draft. Our draft consisted of five teams and six rounds, and we all selected a starting 5 and one “reserve,” which could be any player. Here are some specifics before getting to the teams. The draft included senior writer Tom Dienhart, senior editor Brent Yarina, editor Sean Merriman, video operations coordinator Wesley White and Big Ten Geeks writer Josh Reed. It went in alphabetical

Sights & Sounds: Best of 2013 Big Ten Media Day

Big Ten Basketball Media Day was a chance for the media to be introduced to some of the top players and the coaches around the conference. It was also a chance take in all the sights and sounds around the Big Ten, and there were plenty of good ones. With that said, here is a rundown of the best moments from Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. [ More: Media Day: One-on-one with the Big Ten’s best ] Best dressed: Shavon Shields, Nebraska Shavon Shields is a candidate for best dressed @ #B1GMediaDay. Pinstripe suit, Nebraska Red tie and hipster glasses.

Toughest venue? Best uniform? See what B1G stars say

The city of Chicago was filled with college basketball’s best on Thursday as the top players and coaches from around the Big Ten gathered at the annual Big Ten Media Day. It was a chance to ask some out-of-the-norm questions and find out who really are the best personalities around the Big Ten. I conducted a Big Ten poll, asking one player from every team a series of five questions. See what they had to say here in this post. Editors note: Player responses are anonymous. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/city/uniform/coach in their answers. [ More: Hoosiers reload with

Watch all the Big Ten men's coaches speak

Here are the podium press conference sessions from all 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches. Indiana’s Tom Crean: “We have a lot to learn. I think the biggest thing we’re trying to get accomplished right now is to get our team to understand — this team to understand what it takes to practice at a championship level and showing the standards of last year, not necessarily who it was, but how it was done, I think is the most important thing.” Illinois’ John Groce: “We want to play faster this year. Have we built ourselves for more speed? Yes. Will

Harris, MSU top Big Ten preseason lists

Michigan State has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s

Live Blog: Track B1G Basketball Media Day

Today’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day press conferences were streamed live and for free from Chicago on the Big Ten Digital Network. Head into this live blog to watch your Big Ten men’s coach talk to the media. Also, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman will file reports all morning. Follow them on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNSean and get more BTN updates from the events with the live blog in this post. First, track #B1GMediaDay tweets right below. MORE: Men’s exhibition live streaming schedule | Men’s schedules | Women’s schedules

Watch Wednesday night exhibition highlights

Purdue and Wisconsin tallied exhibition wins Wednesday night. Terone Johnson scored a team-high 17 points as the Boilermakers edged Indianapolis, 80-73, and Ben Brust poured in a game-high 20 points to send the Badgers past UW-Platteville, 80-51. Watch some of the top highlights from both games in this post. Purdue highlights: Bryson Scott with the steal, Rapheal Davis with the one-handed flush! WATCH. @Boilerball #orvillemoment – — Purdue on BTN (@BTN_Purdue) October 31, 2013 Get used to this @PurdueMensHoops fans! Freshman Kendall Stephens hits back-to-back 3-pointers. #Orvillemoment – — Purdue on BTN (@BTN_Purdue) October 30, 2013 How many