Rodney Williams snapped out of a funk to score 23 points and No. 23 Minnesota got a much-needed confidence boost with an 84-65 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Andre Hollins scored 14 points and Austin Hollins had 13 points and five assists for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing skid that caused them to plummet in the rankings.
Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night. The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.
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Let me confess something before I start: I’m 5-foot-11, and I’ve never dunked. With that out of the way, it’s easy to understand why I’m such a big fan of the slam dunk. The number of high-flyers we currently have in the Big Ten doesn’t hurt matters, either, and it’s the reason I thought it would be fun to assemble the Big Ten’s Ultimate Dunker. Here goes.
It’s that time of the week, time to look at the mock brackets. And the Big Ten remains well-represented with seven teams in each of the mock brackets that I check each week. The only conference with more bids is the Big East, which has eight or nine tourney teams—depending on the bracket you check.
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If there’s any subject that’s sure to get a good college basketball debate going, it’s defense. It’s easy to see why—we don’t have very good ways of measuring defense. At the individual level, we have steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds. And some people don’t believe that last one is actually “defense:”
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This week is all about No. 1 Michigan’s trip to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night. The winner will be in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten race—and solidify its case as a national championship contender.
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