Men's Basketball

Dienhart: With Nigel Hayes back, Wisconsin is Big Ten favorite

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Nigel Hayes entertains in postgame presser

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Big news at Wisconsin, as forward Nigel Hayes is returning to Madison for his senior season. What’s it mean? The Badgers are the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2016-17. Michigan State and Indiana will have something to say about that. But Hayes return to Madison stamps the Badgers as the team to beat in my book.

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Big Ten links: Catch up with Friday's news digest

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks (a little) about the ongoing TV negotiations saying, “We’re interested in having great partners with great platforms who are interested in marketing and promotion.” Also, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is stilling mulling over his NBA decision. And Jerry Kill has a new job at Kansas State. More in this post.

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