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The dust has cleared and only 16 teams are standing in the NCAA tourney—four of them are Big Ten schools. The league more than acquitted itself in the opening three rounds of the Big Dance, forging a 10-3 mark from the seven teams that competed.
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Just as BTN/BTN2Go did through the early rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, we’ll be airing live coach and player press conferences for all Big Ten teams and their opponents. Want to watch Indiana’s Tom Crean discuss Thursday’s matchup with Syracuse? Curious to see what Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim thinks of the Hoosiers? How about what Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Arizona’s Sean Miller have to say? We’ll have it all on Wednesday.
Five Big Ten teams remain alive in the postseason. There’s Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney, and there’s Iowa in the NIT quarterfinals. All five teams – like most teams in action this time of year – boast terrific 1-2 punches. See how I rank the Big Ten’s remaining duos in this post.
The firing of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith resonated across Big Ten country and the nation, and most of the reaction was negative. So, I have to start daily links right there—even with postseason basketball in full churn. Legendary columnist Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says the Gophers haven’t had much success hiring big-time coaches. He’s correct, but why stop trying? And am I the only one in the galaxy who knows Smith was 46-62 in Big Ten games at Minnesota?
No one hauled in a better 2013 recruiting class than Urban Meyer and Ohio State, according to Scout.com. In all, the Buckeyes inked 24 players, including five five-star recruits. On Monday night’s “Football Report,” BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with Mark Pantoni, Ohio State’s director of player personnel. How do the Buckeyes go about recruiting some of the nation’s elite talent? Find out in the video now.
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Kevin Foster scored 34 points to lift Santa Clara to an 86-83 win over Purdue on Monday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in the College Basketball Invitational.