The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories

College basketball is in the air, and it’s easy to see proof of that with one look at BTN.com’s top 10 stories from last week. Half of the most-read stories, including the top two, came from the hardwood. See the complete countdown in this post.

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Monday's Links: Spin around today's headlines

Devin Gardner

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 5th Afternoon Update

Upon closer inspection after a spectacular effort in a win at Minnesota, Michigan’s Devin Gardner may be a quarterback after all even though the uber talent was moved to receiver in camp.  I’m not gonna argue that. But some feel despite Gardner’s standout effort on Saturday, the Michigan offense still needs Denard Robinson. Read about that and other hot Big Ten topics in my daily links.

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How did we do? Week 10 picks revisited

Fitzgerald Toussaint

Toussaint Breaks Tackle, Keeps Balance, Finds Paydirt vs. Minnesota

Before we turn our attention to Week 11, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 10 predictions. Believe it or not, we all went a perfect 5-0 in a week that, to be honest, wasn’t littered with many tough games. So, we’ll enter Week 11 with BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot.

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Illinois holds off West Chester in final tuneup

Illinois' Tracy Abrams

West Chester at Illinois - Men's Basketball Wrap-Up

It wasn’t pretty, but the Illinois men’s basketball team held on to beat West Chester, 75-66, in its exhibition finale Sunday at Assembly Hall. Tracy Abrams scored 17 points to pace four Illini in double figures. Twenty-one Illinois turnovers allowed West Chester to keep the score closer than expected. Illinois opens the regular season at 8 p.m. ET Friday vs. Colgate.

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