Big Ten Geeks: First Team to 50 Is a Big Ten Title Contender

Wisconsin and Michigan State squared off last night in a game that will not help the Big Ten’s national image. Via a combination of slow pace, good defense, and missed shots that both teams would normally make, the Spartans and Badgers labored for points. It took Michigan State over 13 minutes of game time to break into double digits–and even then they were only down two points. Wisconsin’s shooting nightmare that began against Iowa persisted, and it truly looked like the first team to 50 would win.

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Michigan State downs Michigan, 60-55

Michigan State used a 19-5 run midway through the second half to erase a halftime deficit and beat rival Michigan, 60-55, on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. The win was the Spartans’ 18th in the last 19 meetings with the Wolverines, including winning the last 10 games. The Spartans(10-5, 2-0) were led by 13 points from senior Porsche Poole. Lykendra Johnson and Jasmine Hines each added nine points. Read the full recap from MSUSpartans.com and see the box score.

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Dienhart: Breaking down the Sugar Bowl

Throughout the bowl season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games. Find Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan’s exciting overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday in this post.

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Sugar Bowl: Michigan beats Va. Tech in OT

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Wolverines Talk Sugar Bowl Win

(AP) Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night. The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway. Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michigan’s total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan’s 12. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see the box score, check out our photo gallery and don’t forget about our 2011-12 bowl schedule. And get your Sugar Bowl Champs gear here in our BTN,com store.

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Did You See This? Wisconsin's 3 waved off

Wisconsin's Bo Ryan

Evans Game-Tying Three Waved Off

In case you missed it, there was a thrilling and – depending on your allegiance – controversial finish to the Michigan State-Wisconsin men’s hoops game Tuesday night. Trailing by three in overtime, Ryan Evans banked in what looked like a game-tying 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded. The officials reviewed the call for nearly five minutes, and they eventually waved the basket off, giving Michigan State the 63-60 victory. Watch the shot and all of its replays now.

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Did You See This? Michigan State's Appling

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Keith Appling Crossover

Tim Hardaway’s son may star in Ann Arbor, but there’s a point guard in East Lansing who can cross it over well enough to make the elder Hardaway smile. Michigan State’ Keith Appling showed off his killer crossover in Tuesday’s thrilling victory at Wisconsin, and he didn’t need the usually required two hands, either. Appling used his left hand only to break ankles and drop jaws – although some people will argue it was a travel. To make the crossover even better, Appling parlayed the move into a driving layup. Watch the move and bucket now.

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Did You See This? Ohio State's Weatherspoon

Ohio State's J.D. Weatherspoon

Thompson to Weatherspoon Alley-Oop

Usually, it’s Sam Thompson on the receiving end of a fantastic alley-oop. In the closing moments of Tuesday’s game against Nebraska, the exciting Ohio State freshman was on the other end of the highlight-reel play, setting up J.D. Weatherspoon for a ferocious slam. Weatherspoon can get up himself. Watch the pretty alley-oop now from Ohio State’s easy 71-40 win over Nebraska at Value City Arena.

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