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Latest look at Big Ten men's basketball title scenarios

The Big Ten title race came into sharper focus on the second-to-last Saturday of the regular season. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out Sunday’s scoreboard ] We have Purdue to thank for it, as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers held off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, at Mackey Arena. With the outcome, Purdue improved heated instate rival and Big Ten leader Indiana’s pursuit to the Big Ten crown. The Hoosiers can clinch a share of the Big Ten crown as early as Sunday, with an Ohio State win over Iowa, and wrap up the outright title as early

Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

The penultimate Saturday of the regular season included a pair of Big Ten men’s basketball games. [ MORE: Get all of Saturday’s scores & stats on our Big Ten scoreboard ] In the opener, Northwestern walloped Rutgers, 98-59, behind Tre Demps’ hot shooting and Alex Olah’s double-double. No. 20 Purdue closed the day’s festivities by holding off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, thanks to a balanced attack that featured five players in double figures. Watch our favorite plays from Saturday afternoon’s action below. *** PURDUE 83, MARYLAND 79: A.J. Hammons scored 19 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures,

Shoe on the floor! No problem, Ted Valentine is on it

One of the many things we’ve noticed since BTN launched is that Big Ten fans enjoy a good shoe highlight. Sounds odd, we know, but it’s true. It doesn’t happen often, although it makes for entertaining television when a player loses a shoe in the middle of the action. Does said player continue to play? Does said player do something highlight-worthy sans the shoe? Northwestern’s Jordan Ash came out of his shoe late in Northwestern’s easy win vs. Rutgers on Saturday. He continued to play, for the record, but it was official Ted Valentine who made it into a highlight

Sunday's 'Journey' includes A.J. Hammons, Nigel Hayes & a walk-on

How did Purdue's A.J. Hammons prepare for his final game against Indiana at Assembly Hall? What drove Nigel Hayes transformation into a team leader at Wisconsin? And had you heard about Indiana's manager-turned-walk-on Jackson Tharp? See these stories at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on "The Journey."

Three Takes: Jess Settles breaks down Big Ten Coach of the Year

The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team

Debate it: Who is the Big Ten Freshman of the Year?

There is an outstanding crop of freshmen in the Big Ten this year. Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate who is the best freshman in the Big Ten.

How to watch the 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Big Ten men's basketball tournament will take place March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. BTN will provide live coverage of the tournament, including Game 2 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET), the first two games on Thursday (noon, 2:30 p.m. ET) and the last two games on Friday (6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET). Read this post for the full bracket.

We asked a few Big Ten writers for Coach of the Year picks

Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which

Big Ten links: Could Indiana's Yogi Ferrell make a run at MVP?

In today's Big Ten news digest, our writer wonders: If Indiana wins the Big Ten, could Yogi Ferrell be the league's Player of the Year? Also, Michigan State's Tom Izzo isn't worried about the Hall of Fame, we have a deeper look at the additions to Nebraska's football team, and one NFL GM is gushing over Ohio State's draft class. Let's get to the latest headlines ...