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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

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

Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State

Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.

Big Ten Geeks: Surprises and Disappointments

Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the

Big Ten Geeks: Damaging Loss in the Barn

Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket. All told, the Illini held Minnesota to its lowest output of the season, and a big night from freshman Kendrick Nunn (19 points, 5-for-7 from three) was enough to carry the offense. Nnanna

Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now

B1G Recap: Illini, Buckeyes win on Super Wednesday

No. 24 Ohio State rolled by Northwestern, 76-60, and Illinois dropped Minnesota, 62-49, in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up all the stats, scores and watch video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] ILLINOIS 62, MINNESOTA 49 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Illini won for

Video: Bill Murray shows his Illini colors

Don’t think that actor Bill Murray has forgotten about Illinois’ 2005 national championship loss to North Carolina, because he hasn’t. Murray followed the 2005 Illini from the Chicago Regional to the national title game. He even gave the team a pep talk before a game. [ MORE: TMZSports.com: I don’t give cash to Tar Heel fans ] Now, courtesy a recent TMZSports video, we see proof that Murray remains an Illini fan. In it, Murray jokingly gives a panhandler a hard time about being from North Carolina before going on a rant and finally giving him money. “North Carolina?” Murray

Big Ten Geeks: Checking in on the Freshmen

We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out. The following table lists the conference-only numbers for every Big Ten freshman that is playing regular minutes (Minute Percentage > 30), is consuming at least a few possessions (Possession Percentage >14), and is at least somewhat efficient (Offensive Rating >96). These are the youngsters that are truly contributing as first-year players, and they are