Men's Basketball

Big Ten Men's Hoops Breakout Players

It’s always fun trying to predict the next breakout players, the Trevor Mbakwes and Darius Morrises of last season. To me, those are the true breakout players, the guys who didn’t do much of anything the previous season(s) before figuring things out and making a name for themselves. How about possible 2011-12 Big Ten breakout players? See my five candidates in this post.

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Sullinger, Taylor Make AP Preseason All-America Team

Expectations were already sky high for Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor entering the 2011-12 men’s basketball season. The pressure is on even more now that they will have AP preseason All-America attached to their names all season long. Both players made the annual publication’s first team, released Monday, with Sullinger being a unanimous pick. Yes, the Buckeye sophomore was listed on all 65 ballots from a national media panel.

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Michigan State Wins Exhibition Game

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Ferris State at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Wrap

Freshman Branden Dawson scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds and junior Derrick Nix also chipped in 15 points to lead Michigan State to a 85-58 victory against Ferris State in its exhibition opener Sunday at the Breslin Center. Watch highlights of the game now. Dive inside to watch Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo talk about the win.

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Watch your Coach's Media Session

Ohio State's Thad Matta

Tom Crean - Media Day 2011

BTN.com streamed live video from Thursday’s Big Ten Conference Basketball Media Days in Chicago. If you didn’t get the chance to watch your Big Ten men’s coach address the media live, we’ve got you covered. The Thursday morning sessions with every Big Ten coach will be archived on our men’s basketball video page.

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Big Ten Hoops Media Day Roundup

Indiana's Tom Crean

Thad Matta - Media Day 2011

CHICAGO – Everyone at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday seemed to agree that two-time reigning conference champ and preseason No. 3 Ohio State is the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s favorite. Everyone except Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, that is. “I’d be lying to you if I didn’t see us winning it,” the star point guard said.

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Sullinger, Ohio State Chosen as Preseason Big Ten Favorites

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger

Matt Painter - Media Day 2011

This just in from the Big Ten Basketball Media Day: Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State has been chosen as the conference favorite heading into the 2011-12 season, as voted on by a panel of Big Ten media. The media also tabbed Buckeye sophomore Jared Sullinger as the Preseason Player of the Year. Wisconsin and Michigan State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Joining Sullinger on the Preseason All-Big Ten team are Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.

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Watch Big Ten Basketball Media Day online

Michigan State's Tom Izzo

Jim Jackson's Top 3 Storylines

The Big Ten Conference conducts the annual Big Ten basketball media day on Thursday in Chicago and BTN.com will stream live video of each individual men’s and women’s coach addressing the media from the podium beginning at 9 a.m. ET and running through approximately 11 a.m. To access the video player, go to our Big Ten Digital Network and the video will play once the event starts Thursday morning.  Transcripts of each press conference will once again be made available on site and on www.bigten.org.

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