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Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams.
Walk into the new Ohio State basketball facility, and you’ll think NBA superstar LeBron James has joined the Buckeyes. He hasn’t, and he won’t be involved with the team in any capacity. But the program did give him a locker, complete with a nameplate, in its new $19-million facility.
We’ve all seen Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Gary Harris in their Michigan State basketball jerseys plenty. But none of us have seen them in Michigan State football uniforms. Until now. @MSU_Basketball tweeted out a terrific YouTube video that was played at Spartan Stadium on Thursday night. See it in this post.
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Wally Ellenson entered Minnesota last year as a noted leaper. We saw a few glimpses of the 6-foot-4 guard’s athleticism on the hardwood during his freshman season. Here’s one example. And another. Nothing, however, compares to his latest leap. On Sunday, Ellenson won gold in the high jump (2.15 meters; or just over seven feet) at the Junior Pan Am Games in Medellin, Colombia.
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In case you didn’t hear, the 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule was released Wednesday. In a conference as strong as the Big Ten is expected to be, there are several can’t-miss games. Like, Purdue hosting rival Indiana with revenge on its mind for last year’s blowout losses. Or, Nebraska opening up Pinnacle Bank Arena against reigning national runner-up Michigan. The list goes on.
The Big Ten announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, and there will be at least 49 games televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date.