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Big Ten Geeks: In the 40s

Illinois picked up a much needed home victory over Michigan State, and Illini fans would probably appreciate if the discussion ended right there. It was about as ugly as basketball can get, with turnovers and missed shots aplenty. The Spartans had more missed shots than points, and their 26.7 effective field goal percentage represented the program’s worst shooting night in at least 15 seasons (I only have eFG data back to 1997-98). To top it all off, conference player of the year contender Draymond Green, who hadn’t played anyway much due to foul trouble, left the game late with an apparent injury. Green has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and is considered day-to-day, which is certainly better than many of the possible alternatives.

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Track Signing Day Across the Big Ten Conference

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Big Ten Blast: Feb. 1st Morning Edition

Today is National Football Signing Day and BTN has you covered on TV and the Web. At 4:30 p.m. ET this afternoon BTN airs a live 90-minute “Football Signing Day Special”  with host Mike Hall, analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith, Chris Martin, and Scout.com national recruiting expert Allen Trieu evaluating each school’s recruiting class in detail.

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MSU's Green day-to-day with sprained knee

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Michigan State at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Michigan State forward Draymond Green has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee. Green had an MRI on Wednesday and is listed as day to day. The ninth-ranked Spartans don’t play again until Sunday, when they host No. 23 Michigan. Green was injured during Tuesday night’s loss at Illinois. He was helped off the court and hobbled through the postgame handshake line. The senior is averaging 14.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.1 blocks per game, leading Michigan State in each category. He is second on the team with 3.5 assists per game.

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Dienhart: Q&A with CBS Sports bracketologist Palm

Once again, I caught up with bracketologiest extraordinaire Jerry Palm for our weekly talk about all things Big Ten and NCAA tournament related. Listen to our conversation in this post. How many Big Ten teams does Palm have in the Big Dance? Are there any No. 1 seeds? I also asked Palm for  his mid-season Big Ten player of the year, coach of the year and freshman of the year.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Leonard & Paul

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

Brandon Paul to Meyers Leonard for the Alley-oop

Tuesday’s Michigan State-Illinois game was far from a thing of beauty. In the final minutes of the first half, in fact, ESPN play-by-play guy Mike Tirico begged, “This half NEEDS to end!” As inept as the offenses were in the 42-41 decision at Assembly Hall, there were a couple highlights: Meyers Leonard’s alley-oop and Brandon Paul’s poke.

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Illinois upsets MSU; Wisconsin tops PSU

Illinois' Myke Henry

Brandon Paul Dunk

Illinois upset No. 10 Michigan State, 42-41, (recap) and No. 20 Wisconsin topped Penn State, 52-46, for its sixth consecutive win (recap) Tuesday night. Perhaps worse than the loss for the Spartans, Draymond Green left the game with a left knee injury (AP story), and he’ll undergo tests Wednesday. Catch up on all the action with our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.

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