BTT Game 1: Michigan vs. Illinois Open Thread

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Tip off is 2:30 pm, or after the Northwestern-Ohio State game on ESPN (or streaming at ESPN3.com. As usual, we encourage you to join the discussion in the comments below. Here’s all of the standard pregame coverage:

2011 BTT Game 1: Michigan vs. Illinois Preview

Basics
Who: Illinois (19-12) at Michigan (19-12) Illinois%20Logo%201989[1]
Where: Conseco Field House, Indianapolis, IN
When: ~2:30 PM ET, Friday, March 11th
TV: ESPN / ESPN3.com
Radio: MGoBlue / WTKA 1050 AM
More: Big Ten Tournament Bracket / Preview / Beilein video / Player video

The Big Ten Tournament’s 4-5 game presents an interesting dynamic. Not only is the first round bye nice, you get a whole week to prepare for a known opponent rather than attempting to guess what team you will face. This game is even more intriguing because it’s just the second match-up between Michigan and Illinois and the first meeting in Champagne was decided by a missed buzzer beater. NCAA tournament implications just add to the stakes.

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Pick to Click: Michigan vs. Illinois

Pick to Click is sponsored by Moe Sport Shops.

If you don’t know the rules you can read them here. The following players are eligible for this game:

  • Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Matt Vogrich, Jordan Morgan, Evan Smotrycz, Blake McLimans, Colton Christian and Jon Horford

Please remember to use the same name and e-mail address that you have used for previous games or your selection will not be counted toward your overall tally. You are welcome to join in at anytime but you might have some catching up to do if you missed earlier games. It’s also worth noting that the contest will continue into the post season and include any tournament play.

Thursday Links

Bubble Updates: March 10th, 2011

All of the bubble focus was on the Big 12 yesterday and two of the conference’s three bubble teams were upset. Colorado, the Big 12 bubble team with the strongest resume, did manage to come back and survive against Iowa State. There’s much more action today as the Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-10 all begin the thick of their conference tournaments. Full viewing guide and bracketology roundup after the jump.

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First Take: Jalen Rose’s Fab Five

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I had the chance to watch a promotional copy of Jalen Rose’s Fab Five documentary, which will debut on ESPN this Sunday at 9 p.m., and figured it would be worthwhile to share a couple thoughts. We also posted a handful of quotes from Jalen, who produced the film, earlier this week.

As you would expect from a film produced by Jalen Rose, the documentary does a tremendous job of capturing the attitude and social impact of the Fab Five. The film focuses on their impact culturally and ability to connect hip-hop and basketball. The brash exuberance of the Fab Five is not just captured through the clips on the court, which are obviously entertaining. A majority of the interviews do a great job of portraying the same energy. Whether it’s listening to the Fab Five describe their feelings on Duke and Christian Laettner – using words like “Uncle Toms” and “soft bitch” – or one of the many hip hop icons of the time explaining their cultural influence.

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