Men's Basketball

Mock brackets: How does Big Ten stack up?

No. 8: Branden Dawson

Dunks of the Week: February 5th, 2013

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The weekly mock brackets are out, and the Big Ten looks primed for seven bids—at least for now, as Illinois seems to be hanging by a thread. The Fighting Illini appear in three of the four mock brackets I check each week. Each analyst also has two Big Ten teams as No. 1 seeds, with Indiana and Michigan leading a group that also includes Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin in each bracket.

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Big Ten Geeks: Michigan provides another beauty

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The Big Ten served up yet another “game of the year” candidate in Michigan’s extra period triumph over Ohio State. This game featured just about everything–impressive defensive plays, back-and-forth big shots down the stretch, and plenty of scoring. Truth be told, you probably couldn’t construct a team more liable to be involved in aesthetically pleasing games than 2012-13 Michigan.

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January primetime ratings are BTN’s highest ever

January 2013 marked the Big Ten Network’s highest-rated month ever in primetime, according to Nielsen metered market data, fueled by high-quality men’s basketball matchups and strong performance of The Journey, which also set new ratings records.  BTN’s average primetime men’s conference basketball rating was 0.87 in the network’s eight metered markets*.  Among all national sports networks for the month, BTN trailed only ESPN in its eight metered markets.

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Twitter: About those Michigan, & Ohio State uniforms...

Glenn Robinson III

Burke to Robinson III Alley-oop vs. Ohio State

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There was a ton of talk about the uniforms leading up to Michigan’s thrilling win over Ohio State on Tuesday, and for good reason. Both looks, let’s just say, made bold fashion statements, as Michigan’s adidas monochromatic look could blind someone and Ohio State’s Nike Hyper Elite uniform could be mistaken for a practice jersey. Once the game tipped off, the talk got even better, even funnier.

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Take charge: A look at "Big 4's" remaining slates

Thad Matta

Zeller Saves The 3 With a Dunk vs. Michigan

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There are four schools that I think have legit shots to win the Big Ten as we enter the final five weeks of the season: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. (Yes, Wisconsin still has a shot, but I don’t think it can match the other four.)

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