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Three Takes: Jess Settles breaks down Big Ten Coach of the Year

The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team

Debate it: Who is the Big Ten Freshman of the Year?

There is an outstanding crop of freshmen in the Big Ten this year. Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate who is the best freshman in the Big Ten.

How to watch the 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Big Ten men's basketball tournament will take place March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. BTN will provide live coverage of the tournament, including Game 2 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET), the first two games on Thursday (noon, 2:30 p.m. ET) and the last two games on Friday (6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET). Read this post for the full bracket.

We asked a few Big Ten writers for Coach of the Year picks

Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which

How to watch to 2016 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament takes place March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and we have all of the TV information in this post. [ MORE: 2016 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament bracket (PDF) | Women’s basketball standings | Tiebreaking rules ] The top four finishers in the regular-season standings will receive byes in the first and second rounds, and the first two days of the tournament will consist of a combined six games. The team or teams that finish atop the conference standings will be named Big Ten Champion. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth

Big Ten links: Catch up with Thursday's news digest

In Thursday's Big Ten headlines digest, we''ve got the following stories: Jerry Kill won't have a role with the Minnesota athletic department. Ever wonder which Big Ten players ran the fastest 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine since 1999? Michigan Jim Harbaugh responded to another SEC coach. And here's one idea for streamlining the football recruiting process. Read on.

#BTNStandout: Khalil Iverson throws down windmill dunk

We have a new favorite for your 2015-16 Big Ten Dunk of the Year! It came midway through the second half of Wednesday’s Iowa vs. Wisconsin game on BTN. With the game tied, 51-51, with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest, Wisconsin’s Khalil Iverson drove to the basket and threw down an incredible windmill slam over an Iowa defender. Check out the play at the top of this post. “This will solve the energy crisis,” said BTN’s Shon Morris in reference to the windmill dunk. Congrats, Mr. Iverson. You are officially a #BTNStandout!

Shelley Till's picks for Big Ten Women's Basketball awards

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and this Big Ten Women’s Basketball season is no exception. With only one week left until the Big Ten tournament, here are my picks for Big Ten Conference awards: Coach of the Year: Ohio State’s – Kevin McGuff Coach McGuff has managed to stay afloat of the Big Ten with only one conference loss to Northwestern. Currently riding a Big Ten best 11-game win streak, the Buckeyes look to be clicking on all cylinders and poised to make a run at the Big Ten tourney crown. Player of the Year: Rachel Banham