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Big Ten basketball beat writers preview 2015-16 men's season

BTN.com asked one beat writer from every school for their team's breakout player, most underrated player, most indispensable player and best-case, worse-case scenarios. Read what they told us, and get ready for the 2015-201 basketball season.

Dienhart: Promising squads at Indiana, Purdue generating buzz

For the first time in a long time, you can flip through any preseason hoops magazine or click around any website and find Indiana and Purdue picked near the top of the Big Ten, writes BT.com's Tom Dienhart. This only means good things for the state of Indiana and the Big Ten.

Big Ten hoops players assemble their All-Time Big Ten Team

If you could assemble an all-time Big Ten basketball team, who would you pick? Now, imagine if that team consisted of a starting five, and every player had a point total (1 to 6 ) where you could only use up to 18 points to assemble that team. We asked eight different Big Ten basketball players at this year's Big Ten Media Days in Chicago to build their own teams. Here's what they told us.

Big Ten basketball stars build Big Ten football 'dream team'

What if you could build your own Big Ten Football team made up of basketball players? Who would you pick and where would they play? I asked that very question to several players during Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. Here’s what the players told me. [ MORE: Terps land at No. 3 in poll | Our annual Big Ten Player Survey | Watch all 14 coaches meet the press | More Media Day coverage]  Position: QB Player choice: Matt Ferris, Wisconsin “He threw for over 2,000 yards when he played QB in high school. We played touch football in the offseason and

Big Ten Player Survey: Best road trip? First dunk? Sleeper team?

Media day brings the Big Ten’s top basketball players to Chicago every fall. [ MORE: BTN.com’s preseason All-Big Ten team | Media day notebook ] To take advantage of the opportunity, BTN.com conducts an annual Big Ten player survey, which, this year, asked one player from every team 10 questions, ranging from their Big Ten favorite to their favorite Halloween candy. See the stars’ answers below: Editor’s note: Responses were anonymous and players were not allowed to use their school for any answer. TOUGHEST BIG TEN VENUE 7 – Michigan State 3 – Indiana 1 – Iowa; Maryland; Nebraska; Purdue

Maryland's Melo Trimble shows off style at Big Ten media day

Leave it to a Maryland player to make the biggest fashion statement at Big Ten basketball media day. [ MORE: Big Ten survey: Toughest venue? First dunk? Sleeper team? ] Melo Trimble, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, turned heads with his flashy attire all morning Thursday at the Marriott O’Hare in Chicago. “Every reporter,” Trimble said, when asked to estimate how many people mentioned his ensemble. The suit and tie were nice and subdued. It was a few statement pieces, though, that garnered him a lot of extra attention. There was the MCM belt buckle, perfect for

Watch the Big Ten men's basketball coaches speak at Media Day

All 14 of the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.

Media Day: 12 Big Ten men's basketball stories to watch

The calendar says “October,” which means leaf raking, pumpkins and apple cider. But glorious hoops season is here. Really. It’s not all about neck rolls, eye black and J-pads right now. The basketballs have been inflated and rolled out onto the court. Practices have started and, for now, the possibilities seem endless for Lincoln to Piscataway.