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Indiana sits atop the national polls and the Big Ten standings – it’s currently tied with No. 4/5 Michigan State – and yet the Hoosiers have picked up just three Big Ten Player of the Week honors and one Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel all season. That doesn’t seem to sit right with the head Hoosier, Tom Crean. And the coach vented his frustration during Monday’s weekly teleconference.
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John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.
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We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t.
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After a less-than-scintillating Sunday of hoops—Who knew Penn State-Michigan would be the best game?–let’s hope Tuesday’s huge Indiana and Michigan State game lives up to the hype. So, I’m gonna jump ahead and start daily links there.
D.J. Richardson scored 18 points to lead Illinois to a 62-41 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night. Tracy Abrams added 13 points off the bench for the Illini (19-8, 6-7 Big Ten), who have won four straight and got revenge for a 68-54 loss to Northwestern last month.
No. 18 Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead in the second period, but it had to hold off a furious comeback bid from No. 2 Minnesota in a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Soldier Field. The game was the nightcap of the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic, a college hockey doubleheader that marked the first time the iconic NFL stadium hosted hockey. Watch our highlights and see photos of the scene in this post.