Big Ten at Ten 4.5.13: The End is Near

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Be honest, how many non-Michigan fans can't wait to move on to football? Okay, now that's not an entirely fair question considering their is actually quite a bit of intrigue in this year's Final Four, but I would be remiss to say that the slight slog of Basketball season is starting to sink in a bit and with the crowning of a NIT champion last night (sorry Iowa) and three games of the Big Dance left, the end of basketball is definitely upon us.

Nonetheless, I consider this season quite a success, not only from a Big Ten perspective, but also from a strictly selfish perspective. This was the first year that OTE went all-in, found some basketball writers, and tried to balance following the B1G in two sports and get some content out on a regular-ish basis. We weren't perfect, and I am sure next season will have some tweaks, but at least for me, I have enjoyed sharing the misery of being a Nebrasketball fan with all of you and hope to go all Conference Homer on everyone cheering for the Wolverines.

So let's break this down into a few sets of links. First, let's look at what happened to Iowa last night.

  • The Hawkeyes looked to square off with Baylor for the chance to cheer, "WE'RE NUMBER 69! WE'RE NUMBER 69!" which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Again, as a Nebraska fan with overly fond memories of cheering We're number 65, I can relate. In fact, in more instances than not, a run to the NIT championship is a sign that you are going places. And while this season is generally considered a success for the Iowa Hawkeyes, especially the part where they have 25 wins, getting whacked by Baylor does leave a little bit of a bad taste in the mouth. I did not watch the whole thing, but go ahead and click here for BHGP's recap, here for the Gazette recap, and just for fun here for the Baylor recap.

Next, let's focus our attention solely on the Final Four.

Okay, now let's get into some team links filled with new coaches, POY, Spring Games, and everything else!
Lastly, Roger Ebert passed away yesterday. Ebert was a great man, full of joy and vision, insight and humor, and one who was graceful even in the face of cancer - a horrible disease that has affected almost everyone. Despite the fight being difficult for Ebert, his voice and ability to eat being stripped away from him, he continued to enjoy movies, life, the art of food, politics, and everything in between. The internet culture is a far better place because Ebert believed it could be and I will forever be indebted to him though I never met him. RIP Roger, you were one of the great ones. We won't even hold your Illinois alum status against you.

"To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out." - Roger Ebert
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