Big Ten team wins game with scores in the 90s, and other tall tales

Wednesday and Thursday brought some predictable results for our  heroes–the Big Ten went 9-0 against inferior teams–but there were some surprising margins. As you know, we Geeks put a lot of stock in margins, so let’s touch on the most interesting ones.

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Nov. 18 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Four Big Ten men’s teams played Friday and all four won. Get the box scores on the BTN men’s basketball scoreboard and dive into this post for full recaps. Five Big Ten women’s teams played Friday – get full results on the BTN women’s scoreboard.

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Paterno has lung cancer, son says

The Associated Press reports that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that “his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery.” Read the full story here.

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Watch our Brian Peters Feature on Saturday

As Northwestern safety Brian Peters’ college football career comes to a  close, the senior shares his unlikely connection to seven-year-old Wildcat fan Jack Marshall, and the role Brian has played in helping Jack overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The full video of this feature story will air on Saturday morning during our Big Ten Football Pregame show at 10:30 a.m. ET. But watch a snippet of it right here. Also, if you enjoy our BTN TV feature profiles, check out previous ones in our BTN features archive.

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NCAA to investigate Penn State athletic programs

Penn State has learned via letter from NCAA President Mark Emmert that the governing body of collegiate sports will launch an investigation of the university’s athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by a former assistant coach and charges of perjury against to two senior school officials, according to a release posted at Penn State Live website (http://live.psu.edu). Read the full release here including the PDF of the letter from the NCAA, and read the updated entire AP story right here.

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