On the final day of 2013, two-thirds of the Big Ten got the conference season underway in entertaining fashion.
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Illinois senior Joseph Bertrand has plenty of highlight-reel plays to his name. But none may be better than his reverse alley-oop in Tuesday’s Big Ten opener vs. Indiana. Now, Bertrand has slammed down a previous reverse alley-oop (watch it in this post), but this one was even better. Like, a lot better. See for yourself in this post.
That was a fun start to the Big Ten conference slate! No. 3 Ohio State held off Purdue, Illinois topped Indiana in overtime, No. 5 Michigan State rallied past Penn State, and No. 22 Iowa took down Nebraska. Catch up on all the action and get video highlight in this post.
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With the nonconference season now in the books, BTN.com’s basketball panel decided to release its best of the 2013 nonconference season. From superlative honors to All-Big Ten teams, our guys offer their picks. See it all in this post. Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your picks in the submission box at the bottom of the post.
There are 12 games this week to open the Big Ten season. And many of the matchups will go a long way toward shaping the race, with Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin being the headliner. In fact, it could be one of the better games of the season. Here’s a ranking of this week’s games.
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We’re all set to tip-off conference play on Tuesday, which means it’s time to hand out our final grades for the nonconference season. We’ll do this in alphabetical order.