Men's Basketball

Preseason Hoops Power Rankings

Michigan's Tim Hardaway

Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2011)

A day ago, Brent Yarina released his Preseason Top 10 Player Rankings and Preview in preparation for Tuesday night’s Hoops Hysteria show. Today, it’s time for the preseason power rankings. Every week during the hoops season, Brent posts his latest rankings. As a reminder, the rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at the end of each week. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. Watch Tom Izzo’s entertaining Midnight Madness entrance now and check out Brent’s rankings in this post.

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Preseason Hoops Player Rankings, Preview

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger

Jim Jackson's Top 3 Storylines

On Tuesday night, Mike Hall and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Jackson brought you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from last weekend’s Midnight Madness events. We had highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes looks from Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. With the season less than a month away, Brent Yarina decided to unveil his preseason Top 10 Big Ten Players and offer some 2011-12 predictions. Watch Jackson’s top three storylines for the season now and see Brent’s blog in this post.

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Tonight on BTN: Hoops Hysteria

Indiana's Assembly Hall

Cody Zeller - Midnight Madness Interview

At 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Mike Hall and our expert analyst Jim Jackson bring you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from this past weekend’s Midnight Madness events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. We’ll show you the best from the dunk contests, scrimmages and let you hear all of our interviews with special guests. Plus, Jackson will give his take on the things to watch and the top storylines for the 2011-12 season. Watch our interview with Indiana’s highly touted freshman Cody Zeller now and check out all the Midnight Madness videos in this post.

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Victor Oladipo Belts Out Usher

Saturday night at Hoosier Hysteria, a concert broke out. No, Bloomington native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp didn’t put on an impromptu show. Instead, it was sophomore Victor Oladipo showing off his pipes. The high-flying guard performed Usher’s “U Got it Bad” to a pumped up Assembly Hall crowd. Watch the whole video and compare it to Usher’s original version in this post.

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Indiana's Creek Tears Achilles' Tendon

According to an Indiana press release, junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. His status for the upcoming season has not been determined.

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Twitter: Best Moment You've Witnessed

For no particular reason, I got to thinking today about the best/coolest sporting event/moment I have witnessed in person. The first thing that came to mind was being at Wrigley Field for Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS. The prospect of watching the Cubs celebrate a long-awaited World Series berth right in front of me made this night extra special, and it only got better when my favorite player, Kerry Wood, drilled a three-run home run. We all know how that game turned out, though. No need to open old wounds. That said, see my Twitter followers’ answers in this post.

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