Big Ten Geeks: It isn't the Little Ten

Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose.

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Today's links: O'Brien staying is a very good thing

Bill O'Brien

Big Ten Blast: Jan 4th Morning Edition

First he’s gone, then he’s staying. It has been a crazy few days tracking the saga of Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. But, according to many reports last night, O’Brien is staying in State College, Pa. So, let’s begin Friday’s daily links right there.

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Iowa beats Ohio State in OT

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Ohio State at Iowa - Women's Basketball Highlights

Driven by a group of four scoring in double figures, the Iowa women’s basketball team upset No. 24 Ohio State, 77-71, in overtime. Theairra Taylor scored the first six points in overtime for the Hawkeyes and put an exclamation point on the outcome with a steal with four seconds remaining.

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Big Ten Q&A: Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Media Day

Devyn Marble Scores Six 3-Pointers vs. South Carolina State

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The time is now for Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble. This is his Hawkeyes team. He must be a leader and he must show the way if the program is to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.

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Wisconsin holds off Penn State, 60-51

Penn State at Wisconsin

Penn State at Wisconsin - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Wisconsin (10-4) trailed 14-10 with 9:03 to go in the first half, but went on a 22-4 run over the next 11:24 to take a 14-point lead. The Badgers never trailed again and beat Penn State, 60-51.

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