Men's Basketball

Indiana tops Coaches Poll; 3 B1G teams ranked in top 5

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean directs his team during practice the day before the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Tailgate 48: Cody Zeller and Christian Watford

Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday. As impressive as that is, the bigger story might be that the Big Ten features three of the poll’s top 5 teams. That’s right, Ohio State comes in at No. 4 and Michigan No. 5. Michigan State (No. 14) and Wisconsin (No. 21) round out the Big Ten representatives.

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My 2012-13 hoops All-Price-of-Admission Team

Indiana's Victor Oladipo

Aaron Craft Gets Fancy

For the last couple of months, we’ve seen basketball experts offer their preseason All-American Teams. I offered my super-early Big Ten picks – emphasis on the “super-early” – in December. With tip-off only a couple weeks away, I decided to put a twist on those teams. See my team of Big Ten players worth the price of admission in this post. Let’s call it my All-Price-of-Admission Team.

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Tip-off Before Kick-off: Byrd as 'Dirk Hunter'

Purdue's D.J. Byrd

Tip-Off Before Kick-Off - Who is Dirk Hunter?

Purdue basketball fans were treated to a surprise musical performance at Friday night’s Tip-off Before Kick-off. The “performer” was Dirk Hunter. Actually, it was Purdue senior D.J. Byrd, in costume, acting as a fake country artist. Byrd pulled off the alias for about four minutes before he took off his shirt and revealed a No. 21 Purdue  jersey. He then took off his cowboy hat and wig, and Purdue fans erupted when they noticed it was Byrd. Watch Byrd entertain the crowd at Mackey Arena now

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Now playing: Tom Izzo is ... Iron Man

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Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2012)

The “Midnight Madness” event at Michigan State has become an entertainment spectacle each year, and this season was no exception. For Friday night’s event, Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo makes his latest dramatic entrance after an introduction where his daughter pleads, “This year, you cannot embarrass me.” Let’s hope she’s a fan of “The Avengers.” Watch this video to see how Izzo (with a little help) saves a kidnapped Sparty before landing in Michigan State’s arena to the dulcet tones of Black Sabbath: “I am Iron Man/ Has he lost his mind/ Can he see or is he blind/ Can he walk at all/ Or if he moves will he fall?” Well done, Michigan State. Well done. But does Izzo get to keep the suit? Watch more highlights from Friday’s events at Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota.

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BTN offers 6 'Midnight Madness' events live online

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Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2011)

Big Ten basketball is almost here as a handful of teams plan for opening night events traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” Fans can watch six of these events at Big Ten schools live online via the Big Ten Digital Network. The first three happen Friday night: Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” goes live at 8:20 p.m. ET, Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” goes on at 8:30 p.m., and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” starts at 10:30 p.m. Go to video.btn.com and click on the “Live Events” tab for the full schedule.

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Clothes Call: Nike Pro Combat unis in basketball?

Nike Pro Combat uniforms are nothing new to college football. But college basketball, that would be something we’ve never seen. According to Diamond Leung, of MLive.com, the Spartans may became “either the first or one of the first teams chosen to wear Nike Pro Combat basketball uniforms this season.”

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