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We’re all set to tip-off conference play on Tuesday, which means it’s time to hand out our final grades for the nonconference season. We’ll do this in alphabetical order.
The calendar is about to flip from 2013 to 2014. And the hoops season is about to flip from non-conference play to Big Ten action. For the most part, that means good-bye to games vs. East Timbuktu State. Thank, goodness. And the first week of full-bore league action features some interesting and intriguing matchups. Here’s what to look for in my first edition of Whiteboard.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show “#BTNLive” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Monday’s airing of #BTNLive, our show host talk over this intriguing question: What is the most favorable bowl matchup remaining for the Big Ten? The choices: #BTNGator, #BTNOutback, #BTNCapOne, #BTNRose or #BTNOrange.
The Big Ten wrapped up women’s nonconference play Sunday and will open the conference season Thursday night. Four teams enter the conference slate ranked in the AP and Coaches polls: Penn State (No. 15; No. 17), Purdue (No. 17; No. 19), Nebraska (No. 18; No. 15) and Iowa (No. 22; No. 25). There’s also an undefeated team, Indiana, which is 13-0 and off to the best start in program history.
The conference hoops season tips off New Year’s Eve. I hope you’re excited, too! Before the games really start to count, here are 14 (random) thoughts I have entering 2014. For the record, no, these thoughts are in no particular order.