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Chris Paul, Clippers host Patrick McCaffery

Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. One might ask what that has to do with the Big Ten, and he or she would be right. Thanks to Paul, though, there’s an important Iowa angle to the event.

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Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that.

So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it?

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Photo: Iowa women put 'Team Pat' on shoes for NCAA play

The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant.

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Dienhart: McCaffery news hits us all hard

I closed my eyes and said a prayer. It’s all I could think to do when I read Fran McCaffery’s statement from Iowa: “Today, we received word from doctors that the tumor that was removed during our son Patrick’s surgery on Wednesday is malignant. We will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine Patrick’s treatment.

“Margaret and I would like to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support from across the country for our son Patrick and family this past week. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

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Twitter: See tweets in support of #teampat

Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick, 13, underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning, and the coach said the surgery “went as planned.” After the surgery, McCaffery headed to Dayton, Ohio, for Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Twitter world showed incredible support for Patrick, to the point that #teampat was trending nationally, and here is a (large) sampling of some of our favorite tweets.

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Fran McCaffery returns to Dayton after son's surgery

(AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says his son’s surgery to remove a thyroid tumor went as planned and he was flying back from Iowa City to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes in the NCAA tournament on Wednesday night.

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Fran McCaffery juggles coach, father duties

Fran McCaffery has a lot more on his mind than Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Hawkeyes open the NCAA tourney Wednesday night vs. Tennessee, but, in the hours leading up to tip, McCaffery will have traveled to Dayton, Ohio, back to Iowa City, and to Dayton again.

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Iowa to wear shirts in support of Fran McCaffery's son

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be wearing pregame shooting shirts with “P-Mac” printed across the front in honor of head coach Frank McCaffery’s son, Patrick, who was recently diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. McCaffery said that the tumor was discovered last week and that a surgery has been scheduled for next week. It has not yet been determined if the tumor is cancerous.

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Survey: Which Big Ten coach 'works' the refs the best?

“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

13,343,517.33 reasons to smile. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this possible! pic.twitter.com/3OIynfWWye

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Poll: Who is your leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year?

With only a few weeks left in the regular season, it’s time to start considering the leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year. There are a handful of worthy candidates this year, and we’re going to let Big Ten fans vote for their early pick through Feb. 20 action. Vote at the bottom of this post.

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Dienhart: Iowa eyes first Big Ten crown since 1979

B.J. Armstrong never did it. Neither did Acie Earl, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Ryan Bowen, Kevin Gamble or Andre Woolridge, among other former Iowa greats over the last 35 years. Not one of those studs won a Big Ten regular-season championship.

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Which B1G hoops coach do you love the most?

The calender reads February 14th, which means that Valentine’s Day is here. In honor of the holiday, we want to pose a question to all our Big Ten hoops fans: Which Big Ten men’s basketball coach do you love the most?

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Travel or no travel on Keith Appling's drive for layup?

If you ever wondered if a player could pick up his dribble from outside the 3-point arc and get to the hoop for a layup without being called for traveling, he can. Keith Appling did it in Tuesday night’s overtime win at Iowa, and the no-call didn’t sit well with Iowa fans or Fran McCaffery; in fact, McCaffery was hit with a technical foul. ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said this about the play: “It’s hard to believe, but I think that would have been a walk in the NBA.”

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Video: McCaffery chest-bumps players after win

Let’s just say Fran McCaffery was really excited about Sunday’s upset at No. 3 Ohio State. And who can blame him? This was McCaffery’s first game back from the one-game suspension he received for his actions in last week’s loss at Wisconsin. It also marked Iowa’s first win over a top 5 team since 2001. So, how excited was he? Well, the Iowa coach had chest-bumps for his players after the final buzzer. Watch it in this post.

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