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4:00 PMVirginia at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMColumbia at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMSt. Louis at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMDelaware at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMW. Illinois at WisconsinWatch
6:00 PMMichigan at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMAkron at Ohio St.Watch
7:00 PMOhio St. at Penn St.Watch

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Miss these Friday headlines? Read 'em all

How about those Minnesota Gophers! In his first year on the job, Richard Pitino led the Golden Gophers to the NIT title, as Minnesota downed Larry Brown and SMU last night. Yes, Pitino inherited some nice talent from Tubby Smith. Still, Pitino acquitted himself as a coach. The guy has a bright future. And, think of this: He’s just 31. Now, if Pitino can recruit like he can coach, Minnesota could be on to something. The Gophers will say “goodbye” to seniors Malik Smith and Austin Hollins. But guys like Elliott Eliason, Andre Hollins, Deandre Mathieu, Mo Walker and Joey

Randy Edsall

Dienhart: Q&A with Maryland coach Randy Edsall

The Big Ten beckons. And Maryland coach Randy Edsall can’t wait to help usher in the new era for the Terrapins. Edsall knows the challenges that loom, beginning with playing in a Big Ten East division that also will include Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State. But Edsall also knows the possibilities. Besides, Edsall isn’t afraid of a challenge as Maryland moves from the ACC. This is a guy who basically built the UConn program, taking it from FCS to FBS to Big East membership. The 55-yer-old Edsall forged a 74-70 mark in 12 seasons with five postseason

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota tops SMU to win NIT crown

(AP) Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title. Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time. They also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1993 and `98, though the second one was vacated because of an NCAA rules violation involving player eligibility. With coach Richard Pitino’s famous father, Rick, sitting near his son’s bench at Madison Square Garden, Minnesota made up

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino and Peyton Siva take in NIT Championship

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals saw their season come to an end last weekend with a 74-69 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Therefore, Pitino got the chance to take in tonight’s NIT Championship game between Minnesota and SMU. Of course, Pitino’s son, Richard, is the head coach of the Gophers. Rick Pitino is taking in the game with former Louisville standout Peyton Siva, who was the starting point guard on the Cardinals’ 2013 National Championship team. Here is a shot of Pitino and Siva sitting side-by-side at tonight’s game. Look who's taking in tonight's NIT Championship game

Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft's top defensive plays from this season

Ohio State senior Aaron Craft was named the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. The defensive-minded Craft, who has been a menace to opposing Big Ten teams throughout his four-year career, leaves Ohio State as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in steals with 337. [ MORE: Craft named national defensive player of the year ] Craft totaled 89 steals this past season, which ranks second all-time in school history. He also holds the top spot on that list, recording 98 steals during his sophomore year. And, of course, who can forget about Craft’s incredible ability to solve

Aaron Craft

Craft named national defensive player of the year

(AP) The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Ohio State’s Aaron Craft as the 2014 National Defensive Player of the Year in Division I. The organization made the announcement Thursday. Craft is the second Ohio State player to be recognized nationally for this award. Greg Oden earned the accolade following the 2006-07 season. Craft ended his career as both the Ohio State and Big Ten’s all-time leader in steals with 337. He owns four of the Top 6 Ohio State single season steals records as well, including the Top 2 spots. His 98 thefts as a sophomore is the

Michigan State Baseball vs Lansing Lugnuts

Lugnuts top Spartans in Crosstown Showdown

The Lansing Lugnuts topped Michigan State, 3-2, in the eighth annual Crosstown Showdown on a cold Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. The Spartans pulled within a run twice in the exhibition game, but were unable to tie it up. “It was a fun night. We got just about everybody in the game, which is important for our guys to get a chance to experience playing against a professional organization,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. “It was a pretty good crowd, all things considered. “I thought we played well. We made a couple mistakes early,


#BTNLive poll: Pick your high-impact Gopher tonight

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Who needs to make the biggest impact for the Gophers in the NIT final? The choices: #AustinHollins, #AndreHollins, #DeAndreMathieu or #MauriceWalker How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page ( and post your chosen hashtag there on our wall. There’s

Michigan State Fans

Big Ten Mailbag: Let's dive into your letters

Firing through my e-mail inbox on this rainy day, reading your Big Ten love letters and answering the best ones. Keep ‘em coming! You can always email me directly at the bottom of any of my posts – including this one. This week you’ve sent in the following: Wisconsin hoops has talent, right? Why did you diss Penn State’s linebackers? Agree or disagree: Nebraska’s Terran Petteway could jump to the NBA? Want to hear my crazy Big Ten expansion idea? Read my answers to those notes as well as to many others. Just a thought on how Wisconsin really has

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Catch up with 10 Thursday Big Ten headlines

The Final Four is drawing near, as Wisconsin will take on Kentucky in one national semifinal game. And a big reason why Wisconsin is there is because of junior 7-footer Frank Kaminsky. Check out this video of the big fella talking about this unselfish team. *** Gotta podcast for you that features Doug Lesmerises of In it, he says backup quarterback is one of the most important offseason battles for Ohio State. Guess it’s one of those springs in Columbus. *** Rest easy, Penn State fans: James Franklin has no plans to alter or change those ironically generic uniforms.