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Iowa is the school seemingly with the most on the line in the Big Ten tourney, as it is the lone Big Ten team on the bubble. Many seem to think the Hawkeyes need to win just two games to get an at-large berth. Meanwhile for Northwestern, speculation swirls about the job status of Bill Carmody. Could this be the last game he coaches for the Wildcats? Watch the highlight from their last meeting in this post. Thursday’s game starts at approximately 9 p.m. ET
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These squads met in the first round of the Big Ten tourney last season, when Purdue prevailed. And just like the 2012 tourney, this year’s winner will advance to play Ohio State. The Boilermakers bring plenty of mojo to the United Center and could be a dangerous team capable of a run, as Matt Painter’s team is playing its best basketball of the season. See the highlights in this post from the last time these two teams played. Thursday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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How cruel and tough is the Big Ten? When Jordan Morgan’s last-second put back rimmed out against Indiana on Sunday and Michigan lost to the Hoosiers, the Wolverines went from being co-Big Ten champs to being the No. 5 seed in this tourney and having to play an opening-round game. Penn State has no fear of Michigan, beating the Wolverines once and almost knocking them off another. See highlights of the last time they played in this post.
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Most every mock bracket already has these teams in the NCAA tourney. So, what are they playing for in Chicago? Probably just NCAA seeding. No doubt, more was expected from each team entering the season. So, the tourney is a new beginning and chance for redemption for these veteran teams that each went 8-10 in Big Ten action. Don’t be shocked if either one makes an extended run. See highlights of the last time they played in this post. Thursday’s game starts at noon ET and airs on BTN/BTN2Go.
BTN delivers team coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday-Sunday from Chicago’s United Center and continues through the NCAA Tournament selection announcement on Sunday. For all tournament games, senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), web editor Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), and Big Ten Geeks blogger Josh Reed (@bigtengeeks) will be court side delivering insights and analysis on BTN.com and via Twitter.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is back at the United Center in Chicago for the first time since 2007. Before the action tips early Thursday, here’s a look at what the Big Ten tourney court looks like in the Chicago Bulls’ stadium.
BTN puts the full court press on the Big Ten Tournament, including four live BTN games featuring Gus Johnson, as well as pre and post-game shows, post-game press conferences, and a Sunday night special following NCAA Tournament selections.
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There doesn’t appear to be much drama in the Big Ten tourney. Indiana likely already has the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tourney sewn up after winning the outright Big Ten crown with that breath-taking victory at Michigan on Sunday.
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No doubt about it, stars such as Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Cody Zeller are going to play a significant role at the Big Ten tournament. But what about the not-so obvious players, the under-the-radar guys who are capable of helping lead their team on a deep run or to an upset or two? See my under-the-radar players for the Big Ten tourney in this post.
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The Big Ten announced Sunday night the bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago. Indiana, thanks to Sunday’s late comeback victory at Michigan, earned the No. 1 seed after claiming its first outright Big Ten title since 1993. See all of the seeds and Day 1 matchups in this post.
Before the Big Ten’s final two regular-season games tip, let’s take a look at how the results will impact Big Ten tournament seeds. Here’s what we know before Indiana-Michigan and Northwestern-Michigan State close out the Big Ten’s regular season: Indiana is the No. 1 seed, Northwestern is No. 11, and only seeds 3-5 are up for grabs.
Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.
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Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.
BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards during the All-Conference Selection Show at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) will host the show alongside analyst Jim Jackson (@BTNJimJackson). Interviews from select award winners will also be included during the 30-minute program.
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The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in Chicago this year. Looking for start times for all of the games? Look no further. BTN’s tournament coverage includes the first two games on Thursday and Game 7 and game 8 on Friday. Gus Johnson and Shon Morris will call each BTN game, with Stephanie White reporting from the sideline.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal matchup between Ohio State and Purdue on Friday was the highest-rated basketball game in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data. The game earned a program average household rating of 3.11 across the network’s eight metered markets,* and was the top cable program in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis that day.
With 11 games over four days, there was a lot to watch and digest at the 15th Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. There were highs and lows as well as good and bad from the first game to the final game.
The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.
Michigan State and Ohio State battled for most of the game during this Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, and that was no surprise. These two powerful teams split their two-game series during the regular season with each team winning a game on the road. But in the end, Michigan State outlasted the Buckeyes and survived 16 lead changes to win the tourney title, 68-64.
Jared Sullinger scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds to lift No. 7 Ohio State to a 77-55 win over No. 13 Michigan on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas both had good games for Ohio State (27-6). Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
No. 8 Michigan State went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well, which allowed the Spartans to grab a 65-52 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Trailing 20-9 with 9:44 to go in the first half, Michigan State (26-7) went on a 37-7 run to seize a 19-point advantage with 16:52 in the game. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
It’s Day 3 at the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means we’re down to the semifinals. What’s going on around the tourney aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s filed another notebook. From emotional coaches to school-specific grub to familiar faces in attendance to a hole in the basket support, you can find it all in this post.
Jared Sullinger scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift No. 7 Ohio State to an 88-71 win over Purdue on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Both Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas played well for Ohio State (26-6). Sullinger knocked down 12-of-17 shot attempts. Thomas had 22 points, hauled in seven rebounds, and made 9-of-13 shots from the floor. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.
Trey Burke scored 30 points to lift No. 13 Michigan to a 73-69 overtime win over Minnesota on Friday in the Big Ten Tourney. Michigan (24-8) got solid performances from both Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke had three assists and knocked down 11-of-14 shot attempts. Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and corralled five rebounds. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.