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Big Ten Women's Tourney tips off on BTN/BTN2Go

All 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams head to Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the Sears Centre Arena for the annual Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament with champion scoring the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised by BTN & BTN2Go. Penn State clinched the top overall seed for the second consecutive season and seventh time overall.Nebraska, which enters the field as the No. 2 seed, looks to make a return trip to the tournament final. For the sixth consecutive season, every game of the Big Ten Tournament will be televised to

Big Ten links: Wild conference race continues

The outright Big Ten title was there for the taking for Indiana and the Hoosiers blew it—on Senior Night, no less—falling 67-58 to Ohio State. It was Indiana’s lowest point total of the season. Gotta start the daily links there. Yes, the Hoosiers still have a share of the Big Ten title even if they lose the regular-season finale at Michigan on Sunday. (Heck, IU players actually cut down the nets last night in what had to be the most awkward moment of the season.) But an IU loss on Sunday would open the door for Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio

Today's links: IU seniors to get honored tonight

It’s Senior Night tonight in Bloomington, as Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will play their final games in venerable Assembly Hall. So, I’m gonna start daily links there. A big part of this annual rite is speeches by the seniors. And these speeches figure to be emotion-packed, given what these three seniors have witnessed in their time at Indiana. Just a reminder: Right after the Ohio State-Indiana game, BTN/BTN2Go will have live coverage of the Hoosiers’ Senior Night festivities from Assembly Hall. The night could be even more memorable for the Hoosiers with a win over Ohio State, as it would

Today's links: Spin around the Big Ten headlines

Michigan’s fall from grace has been swift and stunning. In their last seven games, the Wolverines are 3-4. Big Ten title and NCAA No. 1 seed dreams basically vaporized in that shock-the-world loss at Penn State. Before things careen totally out of control, Trey Burke insists changes are needed for a team that 28 days ago was No. 1 in the nation. But I’m not sure how much can be changed at this point. It’s March 1, for crying out loud! The two chief issues for Michigan: toughness and defense. A terrific offense often masked defensive deficiencies earlier this season.

Today's links: Another day, another upset

Please forgive John Beilein if he doesn’t want to get out of bed this morning. You see, his No. 4 Michigan team suffered arguably the biggest upset of the college season last night, falling 84-78 to a Penn State squad that was 0-14 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were done in by a variety of issues. Trey Burke felt a lack of heart was the culprit in a defeat that likely kills any hope the Wolverines had of winning a share of the Big Ten title for a second season in a row. And a No. 1 seed in

Ripple effects from Gophers' upset win

It was a night to remember at Williams Arena. The joint was jumping. In fact, it seemed like the roof was about to blow off the place as Minnesota pushed its way to a stunning 77-73 win over No. 1 Indiana. That’s why my daily links starts right there. Credit Trevor Mbakwe, who led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds and also provided much-needed leadership in dominating Cody Zeller. Where has this been during Big Ten play? Indiana coach Tom Crean says the Golden Gophers were more physical than the Hoosiers. He’s correct—no, he’s VERY correct. The stats say

Big Ten links: On IU, hoops race & football updates

Should Indiana be on upset alert tonight when it plays at Minnesota? Hmmm. Maybe. Let’s start daily links there. The Hoosiers withstood a furious Minny rally to take an 88-81 victory back in January. But the Golden Gophers are struggling, having lost eight of the last 11 games and dropping their last two by an average of 23.5 points. Conversely, the Hoosiers are rolling, ranked No. 1 in the nation and winners of nine of 10. And with two more victories, Indiana will clinch at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2002. The Hoosiers seem to

Big Ten links: Experts weigh in on Big Ten race

Humbled. Embarrassed. Can you think of any other words to describe No. 4 Michigan after it was shellacked at No. 8 Michigan State 75-52 last night? Credit the mighty Spartans, who looked like a No. 1 team in the nation last night. Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal notes: The Spartans put it all together at the perfect time. Yes, that sounds about right. No doubt, Michigan State looked like a championship team last night, hitting on all cylinders in what arguably was its best effort of the season. The Final Four in Atlanta looks like a real possibility

Today's links: All eyes on Battle of Michigan

In case you live under a rock, I am here to tell you that there’s a big, big game tonight, with No. 4 Michigan playing at No. 8 Michigan State. So, work rules dictate that I start daily links there. Spartans coach Tom Izzo is worried about Wolverine point man Trey Burke. What coach wouldn’t be? Izzo thinks Burke controls the game better than any Big Ten player in a long, long, time. Izzo also thinks the rise of Michigan is a good thing for his Spartans program. Really. He means it and said so with a straight face. Have a

Big Ten mailbag: Signing Day queries & hoops

Keep those cards and letters coming, America. Lots of good questions each week as we head into the home stretch of the hoop season and put a bow on the 2013 recruiting season. Want to get in touch? Drop me a note. But first, let’s get started with this week’s answers. Which school surprised you the most on Signing Day? – Mike L. I was surprised that Penn State was able to finish seventh in the Big Ten despite signing the smallest class—just 17 players—in the Big Ten. QB Christian Hackenberg and TE Adam Breneman will lead the Nittany Lions out