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First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post.

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Thursday's Basketball Media Day roundup

We’ll update this post throughout the morning with tidbits from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. It may not be a surprise to hear that the media picked Indiana’s Cody Zeller as the preseason Player of the Year and that Indiana is their choice to win it all. Penn State is picked to win the women’s title and Penn State’s Alex Bentley Ohio State’s Tayler Hill shared the Player of the Year pick.

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Dienhart: My preseason basketball lists

It’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day and here are my various preseason picks. My colleague and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina posted his selections over here.

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Yarina: My preseason basketball lists

As BTN.com editor I watch a lot of Big Ten basketball each season. Here are my selections from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Our senior writer Tom Dienhart posted his similar list over here. Compare and contrast, and leave your selections at the bottom of my post. I’m sure fans have differing views.

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Big Ten coaches 'excited' for 2012? Better believe it

Isn’t late July great? Football is in the air, with kickoff a little more than a month away, and all the teams – even the perennial cellar dwellers – are tied for first place. Coincidentally, when coaches descend upon media days, everyone’s very excited. The Big Ten is no exception. According to The Wall Street Journal, Big Ten coaches uttered some form of the word “excited” 43 times during Thursday’s question-and-answer session at Big Ten Media Days. See who used “excited” the most in this post.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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Denard Robinson To Big Ten Crowd: It's About Choices

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson spoke to Friday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon crowd, and you can watch his speech right here in this post. People attending the luncheon quickly turned to Twitter and applauded Robinson’s performance.

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Clothes Call: Big Ten media days edition

Bill O’Brien created quite the stir when he hinted at possible Penn State uniform changes during Thursday’s first session of Big Ten Media Days. With the recent changes going on at Penn State, it seems plausible that the team would entertain such a decision.

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Gopher LB Cooper impresses in grandfather's suit

Like his teammates and rivals in attendance at Big Ten Media Days on Friday, Minnesota linebacker Keanon Cooper was dressed to the nines. It’s a safe bet he was the only one doing so in his grandfather’s threads, though.

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News & Notes: Penn State's Mauti Shows Heart

Michael Mauti looks like he’s ready to hit somebody or something. The Penn State linebacker sports slicked back hair that covers his neck, his suit coat pulled tight across his arms and shoulders as he leans forward answering questions and staring at a water bottle in front of him. They are tough questions about teammates transferring, and Mauti speaks with passion. He speaks from the heart. It’s refreshing.

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Want a position to watch this fall? Try defensive line

Don’t envy everything about Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner. Yes, the left tackle is one of the Badgers’ perennial can’t-miss Big Uglies, but he and the rest of the Big Ten offensive linemen have their work cut out for them in 2012.

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Watch Your Coach Talk At Big Ten Media Day

We posted all available video from Thursday press conferences and now present the entire collection to in this post. It includes all 12 football coaches talking about their football teams and taking questions from reporters. Don’t forget: BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Big Ten Rewind: Relive Big Ten Media Day

BTN/BTN2Go aired five hours of live televised coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Media Day, including press conferences of all 12 head football coaches. Watch those conversations now and track all of the news in BTN.com’s special Big Ten Media Day section.

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Did You See This? MarQueis Gray mic'd at media days

Athletes are notorious for being superstitious. Thanks to a YouTube video from GopherAthletics, we learned Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is quite fond of his jersey number: No. 5. Like to the point that he considers the perfect glass of water to be one with five ice cubes. But truly, who knows if Gray is that particular, because the senior quarterback could have been trying to entertain while he was mic’d up for the fun Big Ten Media Days feature. Watch the full video in this post.

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Dienhart: More Big Ten News, Notes & Tweets

I spent most of Thursday listening to Big Ten coaches and officials address the upcoming season among other topics, then I filed these reports throughout the day. Here are a few extra notes from my notebook of Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day.

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