Men's Basketball

Web links: Big Ten shaking up bowl picture

At the recent Big Ten athletic director meetings, the possible future bowl schedule began to come into focus as the league’s current bowl deals end after the 2013 season. It’s all about geography, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press points out. The Big Ten wants to spread its brand coast-to-coast. It has been reported that the Big Ten will share tie-ins with the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl with the ACC during a six-year agreement, playing SEC opponents in both games.

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Photo: Ohio State product Mike Conley on SI cover

Sure is nice to be Mike Conley, isn’t it? The Ohio State product has the Memphis Grizzlies one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals – a run that many analysts feel puts the point guard on the verge of stardom. Sports Illustrated is a believer. Conley is featured on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, with the headline: “True Grit.”

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Dienhart: Just say 'No' to divisions for hoops

Tom Crean

Ultimate Trey Burke Highlight

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play.

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Seven B1G products invited to NBA Draft Combine

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The official list of invites for the 2013 NBA Draft Combine is out, and it includes seven Big Ten players. There’s the obvious quintet – Trey Burke (Michigan), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) and Cody Zeller (Indiana) – and there’s the league’s two best senior pro prospects – Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) and Brandon Paul (Illinois).

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