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Boilermakings Kicks Off The Big Ten Tournament

Purdue Sports news, notes, and links for March 14.


The Big Ten Tournament starts today! Friend of the blog Joe. K. is Chicago to cover the event live, and I'll be on Open Threads here. Here are some links to kick off the day:

ESPN - Tournament Challenge - Group
Jump in to the Hammer & Rails Tournament Challenge group. Winner gets an H&R shirt of their choice!

Cliff Avril leaves Detroit on a short-term deal - NFC North Blog - ESPN
NFL teams occasionally re-sign their own free agents after the market opens, as the Detroit Lions did Wednesday with cornerback Chris Houston.

Dustin Keller taking physical, talking terms with Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
Tight end Dustin Keller's visit with the Dolphins seems to be progressing well. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Keller is taking a physical at the Dolphins facility on Wednesday afternoon.

Game 31: Big Ten Tournament - Michigan Preview - Black Shoe Diaries
Penn State played Michigan tougher than any other opponent this season. Will that trend continue in Chicago?

At 500/1 Odds, Nebraska, First you Gotta Believe - Corn Nation

Tom Crean Begets The Bobby Knight Discussion - Off Tackle Empire
Since everyone in the comments is talking about Tom Crean...

The Search for a B1G Tournament Champion - Off Tackle Empire
In a four-day single elimination tournament, like the one that will be taking place between Thursday and Sunday in Chicago, anything can and will happen.

Make Your Shots And Move On - The Champaign Room
The Big Ten Tournament will start on Thursday morning with the Illini taking on a familiar opponent.

Big Ten Bracket Odds - The Only Colors
Who has the best chances to cut down the nets in Chicago?

Big Ten Tournament primer: everyone else in the first round - Maize n Brew
Looking at the other three first round matchups in the Big Ten Tournament.

Big Ten Tournament primer: everyone else in the first round - Maize n Brew
Looking at the other three first round matchups in the Big Ten Tournament.

Darrell Hazell sits down with ‘Football Report’ " Big Ten Network
BTN's interview with Darrell Hazel.

Who should win IndyStar Mr. Basketball? - USA TODAY High School Sports
Vote Bryson Scott!

Northwestern is going to win the Big Ten Tournament. - Sippin' On Purple
Let's take a look at why a team that's lost eight games in a row after losing all their best players is going to win the Big Ten Tournament. Wait, what's "logic" again?

Recap: Thanks for nothing, and everything - The Only Colors
Reflecting on MSU's regular season finale win against Northwestern.

Back to the Comforts of Football: A B1G Spring Primer - Off Tackle Empire
Just one writer's thoughts on Spring Practice... and some dates so you know what's going on.

Jackson's Three-Pointer Rescues Wisconsin in 63-60 Win at Penn State - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Buzzer-beater caps a wild regular season for Wisconsin, which escapes Happy Valley with a much-needed win against a scrappy Penn State team.

Tom Crean tells ex-Indiana/current Michigan assistant "You wrecked our program" - Land-Grant Holy Land
As if there is more reason to know that Tom Crean is an insufferable prick.

No. 7 Michigan 71, No. 2 Indiana 72: Nothing's Free - Maize n Brew
With a chance to grab a share of the Big Ten regular season title on Sunday, the Wolverines capped an exciting game with a series of poorly timed misses from the line, allowing the Hoosiers to escape with a 72-71 win and an outright B1G title.