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Five ex-B1G stars named to 2014 USA Men's Select Team

A quintet of former Big Ten basketball stars, including a pair of Big Ten Player of the Year winners, were named to the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

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Video: A.J. Hawk tackles fan at golf tournament

Former Ohio State star and current Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk knows how to tackle. Like, really well. So, if, for some reason, you wanted to find out what it’s like to be tackled by him, simply ask. That’s what happened at the American Century Championship, where Hawk, all in good fun, tackled a willing fan. Watch it above.

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NBA Summer League: Get your Big Ten updates

The NBA Summer League has tipped off in Las Vegas, and Big Ten players are off to a strong start. Michigan product Tim Hardaway Jr., a member of the 2014 NBA all-rookie team, is averaging 22.5 points in the New York Knicks’ first two games. See other top performers, from both Las Vegas and Orlando, in this post.

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Drafting current Big Ten players in the NBA

I love the NBA Draft. I also love writing the occasional “what-if” article that makes people think about what could have been. Anytime I get a chance to whip up a combination of the two, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it… In this case, sprint with it.

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Video: Illini product Brian Cook talks NBA comeback

Illinois product and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year Brian Cook hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season. That’s because he spent the last two years tending to his wife, Victoria, who had cancer. Well, Cook, 33, wants back in, so much so that he’s playing for Detroit in the NBA Summer League.

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Maryland & Rutgers pro athletes in the three major sports

Ever watch a game and ask yourself, “Where did that guy go to school?” Of course, you have. With Maryland and Rutgers now official Big Ten members, we wanted to share the former Terps and Scarlet Knights who are playing professionally in the three major sports. Check out the lists in this post.

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2014 NBA Draft: Grading every Big Ten pick

A total of seven Big Ten prospects were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was the first player to come off the board at No. 8 overall, while Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble was the final Big Ten prospect selected at No. 56. After every draft, comes plenty of draft grades. Here is a look at how some of the top sites graded last night’s Big Ten NBA Draft picks.

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What about the Big Ten's undrafted NBA prospects?

You probably already know seven former Big Ten stars were selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft. See the full list here. But what about the Big Ten products who didn’t hear their name called? Get caught up on the latest reports regarding LaQuinton Ross and Jordan Morgan, among other undrafted Big Ten products.

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School-by-school: Big Ten's top BCS-era players

Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era.

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Video: Trey Burke shows off tattoo collection

Big Ten Player of the Year. NBA All-Rookie First Team. GQ model. Tattoo aficionado. Make no mistake, former Michigan basketball player Trey Burke is a star on and off the court. Burke recently sat down with Bleacher Report to show off his collection of tattoos and talk about the significance of his ink. Watch the full video feature in this post.

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Video: Nick Swisher hits walk-off GS, leads O-H-I-O chant

Nick Swisher did it again. Earlier this year, the former Ohio State star led the home crowd in an O-H-I-O chant after a home run in Cleveland’s win over Minnesota. Thursday, he did it again after drilling a walk-off grand slam to send the Indians past the Angels. Watch Swisher’s grand slam and O-H-I-O in the video above.

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Video: Ex-Hoosier Victor Oladipo talks rookie season

Former Indiana star and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo recently sat down with Jim Rome to discuss his first NBA season. Oladipo, the No. 2 in the 2013 NBA Draft, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year race despite learning a new position (point guard) at the game’s highest level. Watch the entire interview in this post.

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Video: Gary Harris, Glenn Robinson III feature

Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.

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Twitter: Your Big Ten team's NBA JAM players?

The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.

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Q&A: Shawne Merriman talks Terps, move to B1G

BTN had a distinguished visitor Wednesday, as former Maryland and NFL star Shawne Merriman visited our headquarters. Merriman starred for the Terps from 2002-2004, earning All-ACC honors in his final season, and went on to lead the NFL in sacks (2006) and be a three-time All-Pro. See our Q&A with Merriman in this post.

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Video: Nik Stauskas preps for 2014 NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas spent two seasons at Michigan, and what a two years they were. There was the run to the 2013 national final, there was the 2014 outright Big Ten title, and there was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. It’s no wonder Stauskas decided it was time to enter the NBA. Stauskas is expected to be a early pick in June 26 draft. Before we find out where Stauskas will play next year, we caught up with the Michigan product.

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Merriman: Ranking top 10 Big Ten NBA players

The 2013-14 college basketball season is well in the books. The NBA Finals is underway, and the NBA draft is just around the corner. There is plenty of Big Ten stardom in this year’s draft, but how elite college players such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas pan out in the NBA is anyone’s guess.

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MLB draft roundup: Indiana's Schwarber taken No. 4

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was taken with the fourth pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. The selection marks the highest in Indiana program history, according to @IUBaseballNews. Schwarber’s teammate and Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis was also taken Thursday, going in Round 2 (No. 67) to Boston.

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Photo: Fairview, Ohio, is now 'Hoyer Country'

Outside of Barack Obama, it feels like Johnny Manziel is the most talked about person in the country these days. Well, not so fast…

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Need a fantasy team name? These B1G names will do!

With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names.

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Photo: Ex-Terp Torrey Smith is excited for Big Ten

The future is bright for the Big Ten. So bright, in fact, you might need some shades. Former Maryland receiver and current NFL star Torrey Smith is excited about his school’s move, and he posted a photo to Instagram to prove it. The shot features Smith holding his young child, with both wearing Maryland glasses that feature the school logo on the right lens and the B1G logo on the left lens.

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NBA Draft: Top 10 draft steals in Big Ten history

Several Big Ten players will begin a new, exciting chapter in their lives after being selected in the upcoming NBA draft. Where former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas end up is anyone’s guess, but all three have been pegged for the lottery in mock drafts.

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Merriman: Top B1G draft classes of past decade

The Big Ten is known as being one of the best college basketball conferences in the nation. We have seen countless All-Americans sport Big Ten jerseys and go on to have outstanding NBA careers, from John Havlicek to Earvin “Magic Johnson to Isiah Thomas, to name a few.

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B1G accounts for 60 percent of NBA all-rookie first team

This is impressive: the Big Ten accounted for 60 percent of the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team, announced Thursday. Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (Indiana), the runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year, Utah’s Trey Burke (Michigan) and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) made the team, along with Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee (Duke) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse).

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Where Big Ten stars land in post-lottery NBA Mock Drafts

The NBA Draft combine is complete, the lottery results are set, and that means that NBA Mock Drafts will be appearing even more frequently throughout your Twitter timelines. There is plenty of Big Ten love throughout some of these mock drafts, as names such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas and Adreian Payne have all appeared in the lottery of several well-respected mock drafts.

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