Big Ten Geeks: The best B1G defense in a decade?

Wisconsin held Northwestern to a paltry 0.74 points per possession in one of the most methodical blowouts you’ll ever see. The Wildcats were just consistently outclassed, as the Badgers steadily built their lead until it had swelled to the final 28-point margin. Northwestern’s lowly output helped Wisconsin nudge its in-conference defensive efficiency down to 0.901 points per trip.

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Big Ten links: Could IU's Oladipo go No. 1 overall?

Self-important, fast-talking, arm-waving weather people who predicted a massive Midwest snow storm yesterday called “Winter Storm Q”? Over-hyped. Indiana hoops? Not over-hyped. That’s why the Hoosiers get the lead in my daily links. Michigan guard Trey Burke agrees with me on the formidable Hoosiers. In fact, he says Indiana is the best team the Wolverines have played this season, and another expert says Victor Oladipo’s NBA stock is rising.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa's focus on youth & health of newborns

BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Wednesday following the Purdue at Iowa men’s basketball game, with stories about programs that emphasize the importance of screening newborns for life-threatening conditions, and an advanced driving-simulator facility to help reduce car crashes. The episode will air at 11:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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Super Seven: And my top Big Ten seniors are ...

Seniors in college basketball—good seniors–often times are a rare breed. If a player is really good, he’ll often leave early for the pros before his senior season. Still, a senior is a senior, and most any coach would love to have the experience and savvy they bring to a roster.

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Illinois drops Penn State for fifth straight win

D.J. Richardson started slow Thursday but finished with 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois’ ugly 64-59 win over Penn State.

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