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Big Ten Geeks: It's a thin line this year

Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim

Will Sheehey, Kendrick Nunn win Big Ten honors

The Big Ten office announced its Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, and there’s a first-time honoree. Indiana senior Will Sheehey won Player of the Week for the first time in his career, this after averaging 18.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in Indiana’s 2-1 week. Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn claimed Freshman of the Week for the second time in a row. Player of the Week: Will Sheehey, Indiana, F – Sr. – 6-7 Averaged 18.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in leading Indiana to a 2-1 record last week, including wins over nationally ranked

B1G Recap: Michigan claims share of B1G title

We have a Big Ten champion! No. 16 Michigan claimed a share of the Big Ten crown with its win over Minnesota on Saturday. Win one of its final two games, and Michigan will be the outright champ for the first time since 1986. In other action, Illinois upset No. 18 Michigan State and Nebraska swept Northwestern. Catch up on all the day’s action and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] MICHIGAN 66, MINNESOTA 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas scored 21 points and Glenn Robinson III provided

2014-15 Big Ten men's hoops schedules announced

The Big Ten officially released a breakdown of the 2014-15 men’s basketball matchups. This will be the first Big Ten hoops season for new members, Maryland and Rutgers. The 14 conference teams will play 18-game league games, playing five teams both home and away and eight teams once. Each team will play four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road. Here is a look at all 14 team’s single-play opponents, compliments of BigTen.org. ILLINOIS Home: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue INDIANA Home: Iowa,

Review & preview: Michigan fixes eyes on a B1G title

An interesting week in the Big Ten, as Michigan surged to the top of the conference as it looks for its outright conference championship since the 1985-86 season. Wisconsin also is rolling. What has happened to Iowa? Check it all out in this week’s Three-Pointers, and use our scoreboards to get updated TV info and times for this weekend’s six games. Three stocks to buy 1. Michigan. What a week for the Wolverines, who have to feel like a team of destiny after pulling out that miraculous overtime win at Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan opened the week with a

Big Ten Geeks: Senior Day Already?

Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.

B1G Recap: Michigan tops Purdue on OT buzzer-beater

There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games featured on our Super Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, No. 16 Michigan rallied and beat Purdue, 77-76, on a buzzer-beater in overtime. Illinois notched a 60-49 victory over Nebraska in the second game. Catch up on all the action and get video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Wednesday night’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 60, NEBRASKA 49 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Illinois freshman Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska’s five-game win streak on Wednesday night, 60-49. Nunn

B1G week ahead: Iowa games top the list

At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace? Here’s a look at all the games this week. Don’t forget that our real-time scoreboards have times and TV info, too. 1. Iowa at Minnesota, Tues., Feb. 25: Two teams that have been

Merriman: Ranking Big Ten's top 10 freshmen

As the Big Ten hoops season comes down the final stretch, the play of several freshmen could make-or-break a team’s NCAA Tournament chances. Be it on the offensive or defensive end on the court, there are plenty of Big Ten freshmen who have made their presence felt. Here is my ranking of the top 10 freshman performers. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Vonleh has been outstanding in his first year in Bloomington. The 6-10, 240 pound big man is averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which