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MBB: "We Are...PENN STATE!"

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The Penn State faithful gets pumped up at the Big Ten Pep Rally outside Conseco Fieldhouse prior to Sunday's 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship between Ohio State and Penn State.

MBB: The Buckeye Boys, Starring Dancer J.J. Sullinger

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During the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Pep Rally outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, two of Ohio State's youngest fans teamed up with former Buckeye J.J. Sullinger, brother of current OSU freshman Jared, for a little song and dance to raise the spirits of Buckeyes in attendance.

MBB: "Nittany Nation" Dance Party

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Penn State's "Nittany Nation" student section takes to the dance floor at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Pep Rally outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, March 13.

MBB: The Kids Can Run Too

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Nearly 150 youth participants ran an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of 5K course) at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K on Sunday, which completed their Marathon in 51 Days. These youngsters have been running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days.




MBB: Big Ten Hoops Day 5K

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More than 1,200 runners, joggers and walkers participated in the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday morning, prior to the Big Ten Tournament Championship.



Aaron Harding crosses the finish line as the first male finisher at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.



Cate Kelley crosses the finish line as the first female finisher at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.

The Big Ten Hoops Day 5K traveling trophy was won by Purdue for the second-straight season.  Check out more pictures from today's Big Ten Hoops Day 5K below!!!

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MBB: Championship Sunday!

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ConcourseFlags.jpgThe Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship has arrived and we are set to crown the 2011 winner.

Today's contest will be between the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (31-2) and the sixth-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions (19-13).  The tournament final will be broadcast live on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Among the storylines, Ohio State is competing in its third-straight Big Ten Tournament final and fifth in the past six years, while looking for their fourth BTT title, although the 2002 crown was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.  Penn State makes its first-ever appearance in the championship game.

The 2011 final marks the second consecutive No. 1/6-seeded game as the top-seeded Buckeyes bested No. 6 Minnesota last year, 90-61.

It is the seventh year overall that a team will compete in the finals after playing three games in three straight days -- a history that includes 1999 (No. 11 Illinois), 2001 (No. 6 Iowa), 2002 (No. 9 Iowa), 2003 (No. 8 Ohio State), 2008 (No. 10 Illinois) and 2010 (No. 6 Minnesota).  The Hawkeyes in 2001 were the lone team to actually win four games in four days.

This will mark the second consecutive Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship featuring Ohio State and Penn State.  Last week in the women's tournament, the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Lions, 84-70.

In Big Ten Tournament history, Ohio State and Penn State have met three times with the Buckeyes holding a 2-1 advantage.  PSU's lone win was over the top-seeded Buckeyes in 2000.  In the previous three games, the average margin of victory is five points.  History tells us we should be in store for a good one tomorrow.

A complete breakdown is below:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Penn State (3:30 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-1

2000, Q, No. 9 Penn State def. No. 1 Ohio State, 71-66
2005, 1st, No. 6 Ohio State def. No. 11 Penn State 72-69
2006, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Penn State, 63-56


MBB: Big Ten Celebration

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Following the Big Ten Tournament's semifinal games last night, the Big Ten Conference hosted the Big Ten Celebration at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.



A live band performed throughout the night while both the Ohio State and Penn State cheerleading squads and pep bands arrived to add a little school spirit to the party, getting fans ready for Sunday's tournament final.
 

MBB: Building Big Ten Country

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BTNFanMap.JPGThroughout the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten Network has been steadily building Big Ten Country through its new Big Ten Fan Map.

This interactive website allows fans of the conference to log in and plant their flag -- or foam finger -- so to speak.  Fans enter their information and alliances into the database, thus creating a nationwide map of Big Ten fans from all over.  Plus there is a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.

For more information on the Big Ten Fan Map, click here.

MBB: Hungry at the Half

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It's halftime and Michigan State and Penn State are tied 26-26.

Great game so far,
but it's time to eat.

Hungry for a Big Ten Burger or a Big Ten Spud?

Rumor has it that the MSU Burger and Michigan Spud are among the top sellers.

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MBB: Which Road Will They Take?

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StreetSign-PSU.JPGThe second semifinal contest of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is underway, featuring No. 6 seed Penn State and No. 7 Michigan State.

The Spartans are off to a quick 14-7 advantage with 15 minutes to play in the first half.

Outside Conseco Fieldhouse, located on Pennsylvania Street, BigTen.org captured a picture of the actual street sign along with Penn State's Big Ten Tournament street sign.

So that begs the question today... "Which road will they take?"

Nittany Lion Drive will lead them to the Big Ten Tournament final, while Pennsylvania Street will take them back to State College.
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