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Day 1: Catch up on Wednesday's Big Ten tournament action

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament got underway Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 12 Illinois throttled No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, behind a balanced attack and a Big Ten tourney record 14 3-pointers in the opener, and No. 11 Nebraska dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, thanks to Shavon Shields’ first double-double of the season. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa and the Huskers move on to face No. 6 Wisconsin. Check out some of our favorite plays from Wednesday’s opening action below. BRACKET | STORIES

Tip-off time: One last glance before Big Ten tourney begins

Who is seeded too high and too low for our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart? Who has the most on the line? Who has the best shot at an upset? Catch up on the Big ten tourney before the first game tips off today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Look back at these surprising Big Ten tourney performances

Illinois' Cory Bradford in 1999. Iowa's Reggie Evans in 2001. Northwestern's Michael Thompson in 2011. These are but a few of the eye-opening performances that drove their respective men's basketball teams deeper into the Big Ten tournament than most expected.

Who wins 2016 Big Ten tournament? Here's what BTN analysts predict!

Outright Big Ten champion Indiana enters the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second time in four years. [ MORE: Tourney central | Big Ten tourney bracket | Jon Crispin’s preview | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] That doesn’t mean the Hoosiers are the clear-cut favorite to win the event, however, according to BTN analysts. See our analysts’ picks to claim the 19th Big Ten tourney title below. Jon Crispin (@BTNJonCrispin): No. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans can win games in a variety of

Relive our top 10 most-watched 2015-16 basketball videos

With the 2015-16 regular season behind us, let’s take a few moments to relive some of the top moments along the way to the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Or, to be more accurate, the videos that fans watched the most during the 2015-16 regular season. See our top 10 most-watched basketball videos, across all social media platforms, below. 10. Aubrey Dawkins 360 dunk vs. Youngstown State *** 9.

19 fun factoids before 19th Big Ten tournament tips off

Need another example that time flies? [ MORE: Tourney central | Big Ten tourney bracket | Jon Crispin’s preview | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The Big Ten tournament will host its 19th event this week, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The event has come a long way since debuting in 1998. For one, it started as a four-day, 11-team event, transitioned to 12 teams in 2012, and now features a five-day, 14-team format. Before No. 13 Minnesota and No. 12

Dienhart: 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, A to Z

The Big Ten tourney tips off at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] That being the case, let’s take a look at the Big Ten tourney, A-Z. A is for anything, as in anything is possible in March. And, that’s what makes it the most wonderful time of the year. This looks like a wide-open Big Ten tourney. Michigan State? Indiana? Maryland? Wisconsin? Purdue? Iowa? They all could win this thing. B

See official 2015-16 All-Big Ten teams & award winners

“BTN Live” announced the 2015-16 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams and award winners Monday night. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine were unanimous All-Big Ten honorees on both teams, with the latter sweeping Big Ten Player of the Year. Indiana’s Tom Crean and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were Big Ten Coach of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, respectively, on both teams. See the full teams

Wisconsin to name interim Greg Gard head coach Tuesday

From the day he replaced Bo Ryan as the Wisconsin basketball coach, Greg Gard said he would always put his team ahead of any concerns about whether he would be more than an interim place-holder. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch the Greg Gard press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET ] No need to speculate any longer. The university has removed the “interim” tag and named Gard the permanent head coach, rewarding the career assistant for a 13-6 record over a three-month audition and rock-steady influence during a period of upheaval. The announcement came after the Wisconsin Board of Regents approved Gard’s