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Gatry Harris & Adreian Payne

Gary Harris Joins #BTNLive

Here’s a question that college basketball fans have probably asked themselves at one point or another: How good would that guy be if he played football? The which-basketball-players-would-be-great-at-football topic always makes for a great conversation point, but rather than pointlessly flirting with the idea, let’s go ahead and actually put it into action.

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Aaron Craft, Jordan Morgan honored for NABC Team

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

With Michigan’s Jordan Morgan and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, the Big Ten forms 40 percent of the Division I NABC Allstate Good Works Team. The team, in its second year, is the preeminent community service honor that recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.

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Aaron Craft's top defensive plays from this season

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USC-Upstate at Ohio State - Aaron Craft Rubik's Cube

Ohio State senior Aaron Craft was named the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. The defensive-minded Craft, who has been a menace to opposing Big Ten teams throughout his four-year career, leaves Ohio State as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in steals with 337.

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Craft named national defensive player of the year

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Aaron Craft Defensive Player of the Year Interview

(AP) The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Ohio State’s Aaron Craft as the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year in Division I. The organization made the announcement Thursday.

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Big Ten Geeks: Defense on Day One

Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s team came up with the ball just three times.

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Tonight's 'Journey' finale spotlights tourney

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The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014 - Aaron Craft

As six Big Ten teams prepare to compete in the NCAA Tournament, this week’s one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” takes you inside the final weekend of the regular season and the entire Big Ten Tournament. The episode includes emotional locker room moments, Senior Night for Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan, and Michigan State’s on-court celebration after winning the tournament championship on Sunday. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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B1G Tourney: BTN.com's all-Thursday team

Tre Demps

Austin Hollins Layup and 1

If you’re a fan of college basketball, then you have to appreciate how entertaining Day One of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament was. Four games were decided by a total of 24 points, with No. 11 Northwestern closing out Thursday’s session with a memorable 67-62 upset victory over No. 6 Iowa.

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Big Ten Geeks: Get Those Resumes Ready

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Wisconsin at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

Nebraska secured perhaps the best win ever at Pinnacle Bank Arena when it took down the Badgers last night. The Huskers got 26 points from each of Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway, the latter of which is making a push to be included on the All-Big Ten 1st team.

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#BTNLive asks: Who should have been first team?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Monday’s show we asked: Which player is the biggest omission from the All-Big Ten first team? The answers for this debate are: Yogi Ferrell, Adreian Payne, Caris LeVert, D.J. Newbill or Aaron Craft

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Big Ten Geeks: Senior Day Already?

Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.

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Ohio State, Craft make young boy's dream come true

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Ohio State Welcomes Special Guest

If you’re a sucker for those Make A Wish features – who isn’t, really? – you’ll love this piece on how the Ohio State basketball team helped make a young leukemia survivor’s dream come true. Prior to Ohio State’s game vs. Minnesota on Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted A.J., a young Aaron Craft fan from Orlando. A.J. spent shootaround with his hero and the Buckeyes.

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Ready for Michigan-Ohio State? Here's our take

John Beilein & Thad Matta

Ohio State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

It’s a shame Michigan and Ohio State are guaranteed to meet just once on the hardwood this season. That one time is tonight, as No. 22 Ohio State hosts No. 15 Michigan at 9 p.m. ET. It’s a huge game, both in terms of the rivalry and the Big Ten title race. Our guys offer their game analysis in this post.

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Aaron Craft, Nigel Hayes win weekly Big Ten honors

Nigel Hayes

Aaron Craft Steal for a LaQuinton Ross Dunk

The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (Player of the Week) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (Freshman of the Week) took home the latest hardware. Read more about both players in this post.

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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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Harris, Irvin featured on Saturday's 'Journey'

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The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014 - Episode 4 Promo

This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see why the Michigan-Michigan State game took on a special meaning for longtime friends Gary Harris of the Spartans and Zak Irvin of the Wolverines. The new episode debuts Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET right after the Iowa-Illinois game on BTN/BTN2Go (full schedule here).

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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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#BTNLive asks: Who is the Big Ten MVP so far?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Who is the mid-season Big Ten Men’s Basketball MVP? Our candidates for this poll: Keith Appling (#BTNAppling), Sam Dekker (#BTNDekker), Roy Devyn Marble (#BTNMarble), Nik Stauskas (#BTNStauskas), or Aaron Craft (#BTNCraft).

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Appling, Craft earn midseason All-American honors

BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy and Sporting News coworker Ryan Fagan recently teamed up to create their midseason All-American Teams. Two Big Ten stars, both point guards, earned recognition, as Michigan State’s Keith Appling landed on the second team and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft found a spot on the third team. See what they say about both players in this post.

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Video: Aaron Craft saves ball, takes out cheerleader

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Aaron Craft Gives Up His Body

Another Ohio State game, another opportunity for Aaron Craft to amaze fans with his all-out hustle. While the latest example came in Sunday’s home loss vs. No. 20 Iowa, Craft’s effort to save a ball under his own basket can’t be ignored. Not only did he save the ball, he went airborne – as he often does – and took out a cheerleader who was seated right under the basket. Watch the hustle play in this post.

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Why do we love Aaron Craft? Watch these clips

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Ohio State at Michigan State - Top Plays

Aaron Craft is as polarizing as any current college basketball player. It’s a known fact. But, if you watch him on a nightly basis, it’s really hard to understand how fans can dislike the four-year Ohio State point guard. His effort in Tuesday night’s overtime loss at No. 5 Michigan State is the perfect example. Craft made a trio of plays that, if nothing else, should make every basketball fan respect him.

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Craft, roommates host Taco Tuesday for 1K students

When Ohio State senior Aaron Craft isn’t frustrating opponents or studying, there’s a good chance the polarizing Big Ten star is taking part in a Taco Night. On Tuesday night, Craft and his roommates hosted a Taco Tuesday, organized by the Office of Student Life, for 1,000 students in the Schottenstein Center.

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Photo: Ohio State's Aaron Craft, as snowman

Aaron Craft already was a big deal prior to Sunday’s NCAA tourney performance against Iowa State. Add the late momentum-shifting charge and game-winning buzzer-beater to his record, and we’re dealing with a guy approaching icon status. Heck, Thad Matta wants a statue of Craft erected outside the arena. And local children must agree, because they’re building snowmen of Craft.

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