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Thirty-three former Big Ten names on 2015-16 NBA rosters

The 2015-16 NBA season tips off Tuesday night. Thirty-two former Big Ten players, not including three former Maryland stars, are listed on NBA rosters, according to NBA.com team pages.

Jon Crispin's six keys to Indiana being a serious contender

Tom Crean has a talented and exciting team in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are full of guards who can shoot the 3-pointer, which makes them near and dear to my heart. While their potential is limitless, there will be challenges along the way.

Watch the top highlights from Indiana's Hoosier Hysteria

The Indiana basketball programs hosted their annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night. [ MORE: Watch Troy Williams arrive at Assembly Hall on hoverboard ] Always an anticipated event, this year’s Midnight Madness was even more special because it marked the teams’ debuts in the renovated Assembly Hall. Both teams were introduced to the crowd, and they both put on an entertaining show for the fans. There was dancing – some to Taylor Swift, of course – a 3-point contest, a dunk contest and a scrimmage. See some of the best highlights from Hoosier Hysteria below:

Video: Troy Williams arrives at Hoosier Hysteria on hoverboard

Here’s a safe assumption: No one arrived at Hoosier Hysteria in more style than Troy Williams. [ MORE: Watch Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s Midnight Madness entrance ] The high-flying junior rode a hoverboard into Assembly Hall for Indiana’s highly anticipated annual Midnight Madness on Saturday night. Williams mugged it up for the camera, too, rolling by at a slow rate and with a big smile on his face. A season ago, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13 points, 7.4 rebounds two assists and one steal per game.  

Crispin to Crispin: Joe & Jon discuss impact of 30-second shot clock

It’s been reported and talked about it a lot since it became official. The shot clock in men’s college basketball is going from 35 seconds to 30 seconds this season. [ MORE: Follow Jon Crispin on Twitter (@BTNJonCrispin)! ] How will the five-second change impact the game, the players and the coaches? BTN analyst Jon Crispin and his brother Joe Crispin, both former Penn State basketball players, take a look at what the shortened shot clock will do to the game below. JOE CRISPIN In all my years as a professional, I never heard a single player say, “Man, I

Video: Tom Izzo, Suzy Merchant make Hollywood Midnight Madness entrances

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams’ Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a “Mission Impossible” act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State’s top rival. Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this

Watch IU, Michigan State Midnight Madness events via BTN Plus

Basketball season is almost here and this weekend BTN offers two basketball events streamed live. Subscribe ahead of time to BTN Plus on BTN2Go and be ready to watch Michigan State’s Midnight Madness (subscribe to watch here) and Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday (subscribe to watch here). Also, exhibition men’s basketball season starts next Thursday. Click here to see the full schedule of those games also offered via a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2Go. Not familiar with BTN Plus? It includes non-televised games and events available on our BTN2Go app with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. A subscription to BTN Plus

Jon Crispin: Northwestern has something special brewing

In October and early November, you’ll see a lot of preseason reports. Now is the time that we college basketball analysts get our first real look at some of the teams we’ll be covering this season. Tuesday, I was given the chance to take the train north to Evanston to check in on Chris Collins and the Northwestern Wildcats.