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Friday Sep 2
12:30 PMW. Illinois at IowaWatch
3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Photo: Northwestern knocks shot clock down before game at Iowa

Northwestern broke the shot clock in Carver having a dunk contest before the game. @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/zu9wXxD4wP — Blake Jorgensen™ (@Blake_Jorgensen) March 7, 2015 This happened Saturday prior to the Northwestern-Iowa game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Blake Jorgensen, an Iowa journalism major, tweeted the picture above, saying the damage occurred when the Wildcats were dunking in pregame. Jorgensen said the hoop was lowered to set the shot clock upright again, and the basket is ready to go. Luckily, it happened well before the game, with 42:08 left before tip-off. Watch Iowa host Northwestern in both teams’ season finale at noon ET on

Friday's updates on Big Ten tournament double-bye scenarios

Much of the talk during the final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season revolves around the expanded conference tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios below after Thursday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (15-2): at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye and #1 seed 2. Maryland (13-4): at Nebraska Already clinched double-bye and #2 seed 3.

Purdue at Illinois

Big Ten Hoops: High drama Saturday for Purdue, Illinois and Indiana

The final weekend of the regular season is on our doorstep. And, there isn’t much drama at the top. Wisconsin has sewn up the Big Ten title outright, doing so with a win at Minnesota last night. Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have NCAA bids basically wrapped up. But Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have some urgency, as they fight to enhance their NCAA resumes this weekend before the Big Ten tourney starts next week in Chicago. Indiana plays host to Michigan State on Saturday needing to taste victory. The Hoosiers began Big Ten play 5-1 and thinking big.

Wisconsin at Minnesota

Big Ten links: Badgers take title, White revives Iowa & spring football news

Take a spin around Friday's Big Ten headlines starting with Wisconsin's impressive run to the regular season title. Also, we've got a great story on how Iowa's Aaron White revived the Hawkeyes and a few more updates on a handful of Big Ten football teams. Spring football games are less than a month away. Read on.

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Wisconsin's Sam Dekker throws down incredible dunk vs. Minnesota

Sam Dekker is making sure his name is mentioned when talking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. Holding onto a 27-15 lead over Minnesota midway through the first half, Dekker drove baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam over the outreached arm of Minnesota’s Joey King. “Bringing down the barn, big fella,” said ESPN’s Rece Davis, following the incredible dunk. Dekker finished with 20 points as Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright with a 76-63 victory over Minnesota. With the victory, the Badgers secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big

Ohio State at Penn State

Thursday's updates on Big Ten tournament double-bye scenarios

There is one Big Ten men’s hoops game tonight: Wisconsin at Minnesota (7 p.m. ET). Much of the talk during the final week of the regular season revolves around the expanded Big Ten tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible scenarios below after Wednesday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (14-2): at Minnesota; at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye Can clinch #1 seed

Beat writers poll: Biggest surprise & disappointment in Big Ten this season

The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last

Ohio State at Penn State

Video: Watch Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honor seniors

Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Wednesday night with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights. BTN carried all three events live on BTN2Go. Michigan and Purdue honor their seniors Saturday, while Minnesota and Nebraska do the same Sunday. Go to this BTN2Go game schedule page and click on your team’s game before it starts to watch each team’s celebrations. *** ***  

Purdue at Michigan State

Video: Michigan State's Matt Costello delights crowd with reverse jam

Matt Costello brought everyone to its feet Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. Late in the second half vs. Purdue, the junior grabbed an offensive rebound and proceeded to put a pretty spin move on Purdue big man Isaac Haas on his way to hammering home a reverse dunk. It all happened in front of the Michigan State bench, and Costello’s teammates absolutely loved it. As did BTN announcers Gus Johnson and Stephen Bardo. And, of course, the fans. It was a great individual highlight, from the offensive rebound to the spin move to the flush. Check it out in