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NBA draft analyst weighs in on Big Ten prospects

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Branden Dawson Sledge Hammer

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Three Big Ten players have announced they are going pro, including Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross. Other Big Ten stars have a decision looming, and the deadline is April 27. Who will stay, and who will go? I asked NBA draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his Big Ten draft thoughts.

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Read these 10 Friday Big Ten links

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Wisconsin vs. Baylor - 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Analysis

The Badgers took care of business last night. Now, Michigan and Michigan State take center stage in the Sweet 16. The Wolverines battle No. 11 Tennessee, while the Spartans take on No. 1 Virginia. Michigan has a tough task playing the Vols, who are outplaying that No. 11 seed. This is a hot team, going 8-1 since Feb. 26.

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Here's one topic mentioned every time your team plays

Richard Pitino

Aaron Craft Steal for a LaQuinton Ross Dunk

Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team.

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Survey says: Big Ten's toughest player

Keith Appling & Adreian Payne

Aaron Craft Shows Off His Motor

Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference.

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Big Ten Geeks: Iowa crashes the party

Devyn Marble

Iowa at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

In case any doubters remained—Iowa is for real, as proven by its 10-point win in Columbus. Granted, this was probably more like a six- or eight-point win if Ohio State isn’t fouling desperately at the end. But that’s splitting hairs, especially because most teams in that position do the same thing.

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Week in Review: Who's up & down in Big Ten?

Lenzelle Smith Jr.

Michigan at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in.

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Here are 14 hoops thoughts as we enter 2014

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Woodbury Behind-the-Back Pass to White for the Dunk

The conference hoops season tips off New Year’s Eve. I hope you’re excited, too! Before the games really start to count, here are 14 (random) thoughts I have entering 2014. For the record, no, these thoughts are in no particular order.

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Big Ten Geeks: Contenders or Pretenders?

A.J. Hammons

Top Plays - Butler vs. Purdue

This was a big weekend for the middle of the Big Ten. So far this season, there have been two teams that clearly look a cut above the rest—Ohio State and Wisconsin—and then there are a lot of teams that haven’t hit their upside. Many of those teams were tested this weekend, and every one of them failed.

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Big Ten Geeks: Runnin' Badgers & Escapin' Boilermakers

Traevon Jackson

St. John's vs. Wisconsin - Men's Basketball Highlights

Most of the Big Ten cruised to easy wins over cupcakes—with one notable exception—but the Wisconsin Badgers faced a formidable challenge against St. John’s. The Red Storm was mediocre last year, but the team returned everyone, including a healthy dose of rising sophomores. The team is expected to be much-improved, much like Wisconsin’s offense.

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Our panel says the top hoops freshman is ...

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Watch "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013" on Feb. 2nd

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Take a look around the Big Ten, and you’ll see many of them: freshmen playing big roles for teams. In fact, it has become common for freshmen to come in and not just contribute but grab the starring role.

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Video: Watch A.J. Hammons' big night, dunk-a-thon

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A.J. Hammons Dunk

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It was just a few days ago that BTN analyst Tim Doyle insisted Purdue freshman A.J. Hammons is a serious threat to compete for next season’s Big Ten Player of the Year. It was a bold claim, and it’s one Doyle won’t soon regret. Certainly not after Hammons’ latest coming out party against No. 3 Indiana. It came in a blowout defeat, but, man, Hammons was terrific. There was the career-high 30 points, the five blocks, and the dunks. Watch Hammons’ third and best flush of the night now and catch the others in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Who are the Gophers?

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll admit—I’ve never truly forgiven Minnesota for 2010. Back in those days, when the internet was over, it was my opinion that the Gophers should have been contending for a Big Ten championship. I wasn’t even close, as Minnesota finished the season at 9-9, and squeaked into the NCAA Tournament (the Gophers barely had enough time to check into their hotel before Xavier dispatched of them in the first round).

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Big Ten Geeks: Is Ohio State good?

Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It seems ludicrous that a Geek would pose such a question concerning the No. 11-ranked team according to Ken Pomeroy, but it’s fair. While the Buckeyes still look good in the computer’s eyes, but the computer’s eyes aren’t going to determine things like whether Ohio State will be invited to the Dance and how it will be seeded. So far on the season, OSU has faced three quality opponents (Duke, Kansas, and Illinois), and they’ve lost them all.

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