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BTN analyst Jon Crispin: A few words on Badgers, Hoosiers & Spartans

First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their

Three Takes: Valentine's big night, Terps' bigs & Badgers' reality

All but one Big Ten team (Northwestern) has played multiple games through the first week-plus of the 2015-16 season. That's given me the chance to consider the entire Big Ten landscape and formulate several super-early opinions.

Catch up on Tuesday night's Big Ten men's hoops action

There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on the docket Tuesday night. No. 13 Michigan State rallied past No. 4 Kansas, 79-73, behind Denzel Valentine’s triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) in the Champions Classic at the United Center The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games also got underway Tuesday, with Penn State defeating DePaul, No. 11 Villanova handling Nebraska, and No. 3 Maryland dropping Georgetown to give the Big Ten an early 2-1 advantage in the series that continues through Friday night. Catch up on all of the action below: PENN STATE 68, DEPAUL 62: BOX | PBP |

Big Ten Player Rankings: Two new names enter Jess Settles' list

One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.

BTN's Jon Crispin: Putting Wisconsin's opening loss in perspective

The upsets we saw in the first day of the college basketball season rivals that of the last two NCAA tournaments combined. Many coaches and players are already getting back to work in hopes of fixing correctable errors and restoring confidence as the college basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. On Friday night, I got to call the Wisconsin-Western Illinois game and walked away with a few thoughts for the Badgers and a little perspective for The Grateful Red. In the broadcast, we talked a bit about the youth and what was lost to the NBA from last

Video: Wisconsin basketball raises Final Four banner

Wisconsin basketball fans were treated to a very special moment prior to the Badgers’ season opener on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored as the Final Four banner was lifted into the Kohl Center rafters. Several young Wisconsin fans delivered the banner to center court as last year’s team members joined them for the presentation. We were able to get it all on camera. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. Great moment!

14 burning Big Ten basketball questions on opening night

Can Jae’Sean Tate will Ohio State to a Big Ten championship? Can Mark Turgeon manage the Terp talent? Who will step up for the Badgers? BTN men's basketball analyst Jess Settles poses one burning question for each of the 14 teams as we get set to tip off the 2015-2016 season.

A look at 2016 Big Ten basketball signing classes

The early-signing period for men’s basketball began on Wednesday. And Michigan State was the big winner in the Big Ten. According to, the Spartans inked the Big Ten’s top class and the No. 2 haul in the nation behind Duke. The four-man Spartan class is led by small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 11 player in the nation according to Shooting guard Josh Langford (No. 19), point guard Cassius Winston (No. 28) and center Nick Ward (No. 47) round out a star-studded haul that Tom Izzo has called his best ever. Penn State has the second-highest rated class, coming

Big Ten hoops: Catch up on Friday night's highlights

The 2015-16 college basketball season got underway with 11 exciting Big Ten games on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] In the opening game of the night on BTN, No. 3 Maryland cruised by Mount St. Mary’s, 80-56. The second game on BTN featured a major upset, as No. 17 Wisconsin fell to Western Illinois, 69-67. Catch up on scores and highlights from all of Friday’s Big Ten games. Maryland 80, Mount St. Mary’s 56 Indiana 88, Eastern Illinois 49 Michigan State 82, Florida Atlantic 55 Michigan 70, Northern Michigan 44 Purdue 81,