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Dienhart: 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, A to Z

The Big Ten tourney tips off at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] That being the case, let’s take a look at the Big Ten tourney, A-Z. A is for anything, as in anything is possible in March. And, that’s what makes it the most wonderful time of the year. This looks like a wide-open Big Ten tourney. Michigan State? Indiana? Maryland? Wisconsin? Purdue? Iowa? They all could win this thing. B

2016 spring football preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for a fat raise and the same post at LSU after leading a unit that led the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and total defense (268.5 ypg) in

See official 2015-16 All-Big Ten teams & award winners

“BTN Live” announced the 2015-16 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams and award winners Monday night. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine were unanimous All-Big Ten honorees on both teams, with the latter sweeping Big Ten Player of the Year. Indiana’s Tom Crean and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were Big Ten Coach of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, respectively, on both teams. See the full teams

Wisconsin to name interim Greg Gard head coach Tuesday

From the day he replaced Bo Ryan as the Wisconsin basketball coach, Greg Gard said he would always put his team ahead of any concerns about whether he would be more than an interim place-holder. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch the Greg Gard press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET ] No need to speculate any longer. The university has removed the “interim” tag and named Gard the permanent head coach, rewarding the career assistant for a 13-6 record over a three-month audition and rock-steady influence during a period of upheaval. The announcement came after the Wisconsin Board of Regents approved Gard’s

Power Rankings: Michigan State No. 1 on Jon Crispin's last list

As the regular season came to an end Sunday night and the Big Ten tournament bracket was finalized, I realized that this would be my last submission of Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] In no way does that sadden me, because coming up with justifiable list every week is more difficult that you may realize. Throughout the season, I spend a great amount of time with coaches, players and staff, and

Player Rankings: Denzel Valentine, Yogi Ferrell top final list

That was an exciting 2015-16 Big Ten season. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] With the regular season in the books and the Big Ten tourney tipping off Wednesday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at my final Big Ten Player Rankings. See my full list below. 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine finishes the year in the top spot. Since assists began being recorded in 1983-1984, only Valentine has averaged 19

Keep an eye on BTN's Instagram account this week

For this week's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, BTN asked a special guest to take over the BTN Instagram account and fill it with the best shots from the games and the atmosphere. Fred Daniels, a talented artist and Chicago native, will be the first to participate in BTN’s Artist Instagram Takeover filing photos from before the games, during the games, and after the games.

Wisconsin Badgers enter latest Coaches Poll at No. 25

The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Monday, and Wisconsin has reentered the latter ranking. The Badgers, who have won 11 of their last 13, come in at No. 25 to give the Big Ten six ranked teams in the Coaches poll. Wisconsin is the top unranked team receiving votes in the AP poll, which features five Big Ten teams. Michigan State (No. 2 AP; No. 3 Coaches) paces the conference, while outright Big Ten champ Indiana is No. 10 in both polls. Purdue (No. 13/No. 13), Maryland (No. 18/No. 15), and Iowa (No. 20/No.18) round out the ranked

BTN analysts hand out Big Ten men's basketball awards

“BTN Live” will announce the 2016 All-Big Ten teams and award winners at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Watch the show on BTN2Go. [ MORE: View the complete Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before the teams and superlative winners become official, BTN’s team of analysts share their award winners. See our experts’ selections below. JON CRISPIN (@BTNJonCrispin) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the Year: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin *** TOM DIENHART (@BTNTomDienhart) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the

BTN to provide complete coverage throughout Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will