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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 Scout.com, 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 Scout.com. 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,

Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection - wait for it - an early NCAA men 's basketball bracket. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart's roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

Photos: See your Big Ten hoops team's 2015-16 schedule poster

The Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition season is in the books, and now it’s time for the ball to go up for real. [ MORE: See our preseason power rankings | And preseason player rankings ] The Big Ten enters the 2015-16 season with six teams ranked in the preseason AP Poll, released earlier this month, paced by Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland (No. 3). It figures to be another very competitive season in the Big Ten, which is still seeking its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Before the regular season tips, I

Jon Crispin: Why you should be excited about Big Ten hoops

For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.

Top plays from Wednesday's Big Ten exhibition hoops action

There were two Big Ten men’s exhibition basketball games on the schedule Wednesday night. [ MORE: Get the full Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition schedule ] Bryn Forbes scored a game-high 23 points and Denzel Valentine had a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Michigan State to an impressive 94-53 victory over Northern Michigan in the opening game of the night. Ethan Happ had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in Wisconsin’s 101-46 win over UW-River Falls in the second game of the evening. Both games were broadcasted on BTN Plus, which allowed