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WSJ: Which colleges produced most NBA minutes?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article that breaks down which colleges produced the most minutes in the NBA during this strike-shortened campaign. Duke, to no surprise, landed at No. 1, with 21,609 minutes. But what about Big Ten teams? Ohio State (7,903 minutes) came in 13th to lead 10 Big Ten teams. See the breakdown and the players who contributed the minutes in this post. Big Ten Teams Ohio State: 6 players; 7,903 minutes (Mike Conley Jr., Evan Turner, Byron Mullens, Michael Redd, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos) Michigan State: 4; 4,187 (Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson, Shannon Brown, Alan

Talking 2012-13 Big Ten Basketball Breakout Players

ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan posted a story Thursday offering his 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13, and the list features one Big Ten player: Michigan State’s Keith Appling. Here’s a sampling of Brennan’s thoughts on Appling: “With the team’s do-everything leader Draymond Green gone, and a batch of younger, less experienced players rounding out the rotation, Appling has a chance to evolve from a nice complementary piece into one of the Big Ten’s bonafide stars.” [ESPN.com: 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13] Appling is a good choice, no doubt, but I’m surprised to see only one player from the Big Ten,

BTN to air NBA Draft Preview Special at 9 p.m. ET Friday

CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process. [VIDEO: Watch all of our NBA Combine interviews] Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson will host the

CBSSports.com: B1G all over top non-con hoops games

Jeff Goodman, of CBSSports.com, posted his top non-conference contests for the 2012-13 campaign Tuesday, and the Big Ten is all over the 55-game list. In fact, the Big Ten is involved in three of the top 5 games, highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, at No. 2, and 10 of the top 25. In all, 14 Big Ten contests make the cut. See the entire list here and view all the Big Ten games in this post. [Follow Jeff Goodman on Twitter: @GoodmanCBS] Big Ten game on the list 2. North Carolina at Indiana – Nov. 27 4. Kansas vs.

Big Ten Interviews from the NBA Combine

BTN’s Jim Jackson caught up with six Big Ten names working out at the NBA’s pre-draft combine in Chicago. Jackson talked to Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor, Meyers Leonard, and Robbie Hummel. If you’re running games down at the gym, that’s a pretty good first six right there. Sullinger talks about getting into NBA shape this spring while Hummel tells Jackson about his numerous workouts  and how his knees are feeling so far. Watch all of the interviews down in this post. Also, The Sporting News has a quick look at the combine here, and the NBA

Former Badger Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to Iowa

(AP) Jarrod Uthoff is staying in the Big Ten – and he figures to see plenty more of Bo Ryan over the next few years. Uthoff told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Wednesday night that he’s transferring to Iowa even though Badgers coach Bo Ryan restricted the Hawkeyes from contacting him. [AP: Jarrod Uthoff to transfer to Iowa] Uthoff will have to pay his own way next year at Iowa and will also have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules. But that’s not an issue for Uthoff, who hails from nearby Cedar Rapids,

ESPN ranks Big Ten basketball coaching jobs

Many experts have Indiana atop their way-too-early 2012-13 men’s basketball polls. Here’s another accolade for the Hoosiers: ESPN.com ranks the Indiana job as the top position in the Big Ten (see the complete rankings). It’s amazing how fast a program can reclaim its status, isn’t it? What do you think is the best job in the Big Ten? Cast your vote on the poll inside or leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. ESPN’s top 5 Big Ten jobs 1. Indiana 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan State 4. Michigan 5. Wisconsin *See the entire

Counting Down BTN's Most Popular Web Clips

As many of our online readers know, we post plenty of video clips throughout the year ranging from our popular “Did You See This?‘ feature to bonus Internet-only footage from shows like “The Journey 2012.” Over the past school year we also beefed up some extra video goodies, including a BTN Video Facebook page and school-specific Twitter accounts powered by a steady streams of BTN video. Or you can just bookmark this BTN video page and watch it all roll on through every day. We’ve got some big new plans for next football season, including the return of a video

Did You See This? Brust visits Kevin Harvick

Usually, it’s fans seeking out Ben Brust and getting all big-eyed in his presence. Recently, as part of an NCAA.com video feature, the tables turned for Brust, who got to meet Kevin Harvick, his favorite NASCAR driver. In the feature, Brust toured Harvick’s garage, which happens to include a basketball court, and the two played H-A-P-P-Y, their version of H-O-R-S-E. Watch the entertaining video here. It was cool seeing Harvick’s collection of cars and the basketball court in the garage, but the highlight of the video may have been Brust’s dunk. Who knew the 6-foot-1 3-point specialist had those ups?!

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 BTN.com 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