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Seven Big Ten men’s basketball teams took the court today – some won close games and others won in blowouts to close out the non-conferecne portion of their seasons.
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D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie it at 31 with just more than a minute remaining. Read three things BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spotted about the Golden Gophers while monitoring this bowl game, plus see video highlights and quarter0by-quarter recaps in this post.
Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds and Victor Oladipo added 14 points and seven boards as they teamed up to lead No. 5 Indiana to a 93-59 victory over Jacksonville on Friday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Indiana (12-1) shot 51 percent from the field (29-of-57).
Andy Ludwig will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin, according to a source close to the situation, and the school is expected to make an announcement Saturday.
If you like tough, physical, smash-mouth football, you’ll love this game. Wisconsin and Stanford are mirrors of each other in many ways. The Badgers are in the Rose Bowl for a third season in a row. The last Big Ten team to pull off that feat was Michigan after the 1976-78 seasons.
Michigan came close to winning the Legends Division but still is in search of its first league title since 2004. A win here would prime the program for a strong run in 2013, as this is a young roster. Three of the team’s four losses were to the top three teams in the nation: Notre Dame; Alabama; Ohio State. The other was to 10-win Nebraska.
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Ken Pomeroy and Dan Hanner are both within the inner circle of tempo free statistics, so it’s notable when they disagree. On the topic of “clutch,” Pomeroy is on record as saying that clutchness is a myth. Hanner, for his part, rejects Pomeroy’s argument and believes “there is such a thing as clutch play.”