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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 videos

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) looks to pass after taking the ball away from Cornell Big Red guard Johnathan Gray during the first half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Oladipo Dunks On The Blue Devils Again

Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

No Big Ten football, no problem. Big Ten basketball is in full swing, and as a result there was no shortage of video highlights from a jam-packed week on the hardwood.

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Make it eight: Indiana claims eighth NCAA crown

Indiana got a goal from Nikita Kotlov in the 64th minute and the stifling Hoosier defense made it stick Sunday. Indiana defeated Georgetown 1-0 at Regions Park to claim its eighth national championship.

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Wrestling roundup: Wisconsin holds off Nebraska

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Wisconsin at Nebraska - Wrestling Wrap-Up

Wisconsin held off No. 9 Nebraska, 19-17, to improve to a surprising 2-0 in Big Ten play Sunday afternoon at NU Coliseum. Meanwhile, the Huskers fell to 0-2 in conference action with the loss. Nebraska, which trailed 19-9, took the final two matches to make things interesting late. Read full recap at UWBadgers.com. Also, check out our video wrap-up from the match here and read about No. 1 Penn State’s win over Indiana in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

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Burke Dunks in Final Seconds Against Razorbacks

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15.

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Women's hoops roundup: Lucas, Lady Lions roll

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Georgetown at Penn State - Women's Basketball Highlights

There were a total of seven Big Ten women’s basketball teams in action Sunday, including ranked Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue. No. 10 Penn State, the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team, blasted Georgetown, 97-74, behind Maggie Lucas’ career-high 39 points. Catch up on all the action in this post.

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Minnesota's Tubby Smith wins No. 500

Minnesota’s Tubby Smith notched his 500th career coaching victory in Saturday night’s 71-57 win at Southern Cal. A 22-year coaching veteran, Smith’s also been the head man at Tulsa (79 wins), Georgia (45) and Kentucky (263), where he won the 1998 national title in his first season in Lexington. Smith is 113-65 in five-plus season in Minneapolis, and he owns a career 500-210 clip.

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