In front of a season-high 5,800 fans, Michigan outlasted in-state rival Michigan State to claim its third straight victory, 70-69, Saturday afternoon at Crisler Center. The Wolverines relied on a career-high 24 points from senior guard Jenny Ryan to help snap a 12-game losing streak against the Spartans. Read the full recap at MGoBlue.com and watch our highlights right here.
BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Thursday with stories highlighting how the Illini community is making an impact in Champaign and around the world including research of flexible and transient electronics to help researchers monitor people and the environment more closely.
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Nebraska basketball isn’t afraid to rock a throwback uniform. The team did so in last year’s lone Big Ten tourney game, and it will do so again when it hosts Michigan State at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go. This year, the Huskers also have donned an adidas alternate, but this look has a lot more character. See a picture of the full uniform in this post.
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There were many winners this week in the Big Ten. But none were bigger than Indiana and Michigan State, which notched impressive victories that solidified their place atop the standings. And, it sets up what should be a huge game on Tuesday, when the Hoosiers visit the Spartans in this week’s version of the “Game of the Year.”
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Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned.
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Wow. I can’t find a juicier way to open daily links than with a string of recent quotes from Michigan State’s Derrick Nick. Here’s just one gem: “I just feel like Michigan State is always the underdog and we don’t get the credit we deserve.” What? There’s plenty more like that right here. The Michigan State beat writers thank you, Derrick.
After Minnesota downed No. 20 Wisconsin in overtime on Thursday night (and yes, there were many dunks), Minnesota coach Tubby Smith addressed his team in the locker room and then performed a most wonderful victory dance after announcing, “Today is a wonderful day, fellas. Valentine’s Day!” Watch the short but memorable clip here in this post.