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Kaminsky, Blackmon Jr. top opening night Big Ten performances

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Welcome to the Big Ten, James Blackmon Jr.

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College basketball is back! Big Ten teams posted an impressive 10-1 record to open the college hoops season. In addition to several outstanding games, there were also plenty of exceptional individual performances.

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Bardo: Top returning Big Ten basketball players

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Stephen Bardo's Top Returning Big Ten Basketball Players

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Big Ten Network college hoops analyst Stephen Bardo was a guest on today’s edition of #BTNLive, where he announced his picks for the top five returning Big Ten basketball players. Sure, it’s a little early, but after another outstanding Big Ten hoops season, we always love the chance to look ahead.

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Magnificent 7: An early look at 2014-15 MVP race

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Kaminsky Shows Brust How to Finish a Dunk

The Big Ten has suffered some big attrition when it comes to players leaving early for the NBA Draft as Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III all declared. Michigan’s Mitch McGary still is weighing his options. If he bolts, it will leave another gap to fill.

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LeVert named 2014-15 preseason All-American by ESPN

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Caris LeVert for the Slam

Now that the 2013-14 college hoops season has come to a close, people are already beginning to take a look at what’s to come in 2014-15. ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman recently released a list of the most likely 2014-15 All-Americans, followed by a ranking of the 15 next-best players.

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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team

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Frank Kaminsky Post-Game Interview

With Wisconsin’s heartbreaking national semifinal loss to Kentucky late Saturday night, the Big Ten’s 2013-14 hoops season is officially complete. It was a great season, one that saw three Big Ten teams make the Elite Eight. Now, it’s time for my All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team.

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Merriman: Top 10 B1G performances in the NCAA Tourney

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Traevon Jackson Talks Loss Against Kentucky

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Wisconsin’s season came to a close after a heartbreaking 74-73 loss to Kentucky in Saturday’s national semifinal matchup. The Badgers were the last team standing from the Big Ten, capping what was a memorable 2013-14 season for the conference.

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Best sights and sounds from Final Four Media Day

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Tom Izzo Talks with BTN

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and several members of the Badgers’ men’s basketball team took questions from the media Friday at Final Four media day. Ryan was in a joking mood, firing back a number of comical, quick-witted responses to the media members gathered at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Dienhart: Frank Kaminsky, in his prep coach's words

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Frank Kaminsky Speech - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

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It has been fun for fans to watch Frank Kaminsky emerge this year and during Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four. But there’s one guy who isn’t shocked by all of this: Gene Heidkamp, Kaminsky’s high school coach at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.

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Big Ten Geeks: Narrative no more

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Bo Ryan - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

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Up until Saturday, plenty of college basketball fans appreciated Bo Ryan’s coaching ability in a patronizing, half-insulting kind of way. Yes, he’s a fantastic Big Ten coach, that much is beyond dispute.

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Big Ten Geeks: In the Zone

Wisconsin is one win away from Bo Ryan’s first-ever Final Four after destroying Baylor last night. The Badgers scored 1.11 points per possession, and frankly, it should have been higher. Baylor largely stuck to its zone all night long, but what a strange zone it was. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a zone where four players are on one side of the court—the side without the basketball:

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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 3

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Nik Stauskas' Ball Rolls Around the Rim, & then Drops

Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten most improved team

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Caris LeVert Heads-Up Play, And-1

We’re fast approaching the end of the regular season, so that means it’s time to start considering an All-Big Ten most improved team. Who would make your 2013-14 team? Mine is headlined by a quartet of sophomores, including Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas. See my full team, plus vote for your most improved player, in this post.

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Frank Kaminsky Q&A: Meet B1G's most improved player

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All 43 Points by Frank Kaminsky

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Has there been a bigger surprise player in the Big Ten than Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky? Of course not. The 7-0, 234-pound junior has been a revelation. He always possessed a sweet shot, but Kaminsky has expanded his game to become a better-rounded player. He’s able to put the ball on the floor and has become a better rebounder.

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Big Ten Geeks: Oh, Canada!

Michigan survived a tough test against Florida State, a team whom not many thought much of coming into the season. This was, after all, a bad team last year that was losing its best player in Michael Snaer. But sometimes, weird things happen. In the Seminoles’ case, the player wearing the #30 jersey is clearly someone pretending to be Ian Miller.

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