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Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Outlast Badgers

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State won a battle of attrition in frigid Madison, edging Wisconsin by a 49-47 score. The Spartans are now 5-0 in games decided by three points or less, and this win was especially fortunate. The Badgers did an excellent job on defense, forcing Michigan State to take an abnormally high proportion of two-point jumpers:

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Big Ten links: No team appears safe at home

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Coach John Groce Interview

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Tough loss for Wisconsin on its homecourt last night to Michigan State. Among legit Big Ten contenders, the Badgers, Gophers and Hoosiers all now have suffered defeats on their turf. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State have held serve at home, which is key. No shame in Wisconsin losing to a very good Michigan State team, which is where I will begin daily links on this chilly Wednesday.

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Richardson shoots Illinois past Nebraska

Brandon Paul & Brandon Ubel

Illinois at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Illinois (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) held Nebraska without a field goal for the last 8:51 of the first half and led 35-23 at the break. The Huskers got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

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No. 15 Ohio State holds off Iowa, 72-63

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Ohio State

Iowa at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 15 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night. Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.

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