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B1G Whiteboard: Setting the stage for this week

An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead. Game of the Week: Michigan at Ohio State. Teams seemingly going in opposite directions. This is the only meeting of the season between these rivals. And, it’s a biggie. After losing five of six games, the Buckeyes have come

Video: Orange Krush reveals true colors at Penn State

Illinois entered Sunday’s game at Penn State riding an eight-game losing streak. The Illini’s struggles nor the long trek to State College, Pa., could keep 120 members of the Orange Krush from making the trip – and, most importantly, continuing its annual prank at a visiting arena. As it it has in previous years, the Orange Krush arrived to the game in the home team’s colors (blue and white), only to later reveal their true colors. VIDEO: Hey, look, it's Penn State fans! No, that's members of @IlliniHoops @Illini_OKrush. Well done. WATCH – http://t.co/pI0C8a3QEZ — Illinois on BTN (@BTN_Illinois) February

Here's one topic mentioned every time your team plays

Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team. Illinois. Bruce Weber didn’t recruit Champaign native Rayvonte Rice. Indiana. Yogi Ferrell has a new role now that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are in the NBA. Iowa. Depth! Michigan. Tie: Nik Stauskas isn’t just a shooter. And, the Wolverines are without preseason All-America Mitch McGary. Michigan State. Injuries!

B1G Recap: Badgers win wild one, Illini end funk

That was a fun day of Big Ten basketball. No. 24 Wisconsin took down No. 8 Michigan State in the final seconds, and Illinois dropped Penn State to snap its eight-game slide. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] WISCONSIN 60, MICHIGAN STATE 58 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with 2.1 seconds left for Wisconsin, 10 seconds after Michigan State’s Adreian Payne tied it with a 3, and the Badgers beat the ninth-ranked Spartans

What if the Big Ten had a dunk contest?

The NBA recently announced six contestants who will be competing in the 2014 Slam Dunk contest during NBA All Star weekend. That got us thinking about if the Big Ten had a dunk contest. Who are some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this year? Here is a breakdown of the six Big Ten players I would want to see in a dunk contest. Did I miss anyone? Tweet them to me @BTNSean. [ MORE: Check out the Big Ten’s Best Dunkers show on BTN2Go ] 1. Sam Thompson, Ohio State 2. Austin Hollins, Minnesota 3. Rayvonte Rice,

Review & preview: Track the latest ups & downs

It’s good to be Ohio State … at least for this week. The Buckeyes have risen from the dead, notching two big wins in the last week to breathe life into a season that had gone terribly bad. Here’s a look back at the last week—with a peek ahead, too. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Ohio State. Just when it looked like the Buckeyes were circling the drain, they rise up. Very impressive. Ohio State had lost four in a row and five of six games, falling from 15-0 and No. 3 in the nation to out of the polls

Big Ten Geeks: Bringing the Payne

Michigan State welcomed back Adreian Payne in a blowout of Penn State. The big man played very well in 18 minutes off the bench, and the Spartans performed much better than the final margin suggests. Penn State made a big run in garbage time to turn a 25-point deficit into a 15-point loss, but it was done entirely on a lineup that included guys like Colby Wollenman, Keenan Wetzel, and Dan Chapman. Final 3:32 Points Possessions Efficiency Penn State 15 7 2.14 Michigan State 5 6 0.83 Before garbage time, Michigan State dominated at both ends. First 36:28 Points Possessions

Big Ten Geeks: Crafting a Road Win

Ohio State picked up a big road win at Iowa thanks to surprisingly hot shooting. The Buckeyes shot 44 percent on threes, a number that stood in stark contrast to the Hawkeyes’ unusually cold outside shooting (3-for-20, 15 percent). Iowa dominated the glass and shot 60 percent on twos, but the three-point shot is the great equalizer, and it carried Ohio State to a huge win. Leading this attack was Aaron Craft, who went 2-for-2 from three to bolster his line of 17 points, six assists, and six steals. It was nearly a perfect game from Craft, save for four

B1G Recap: Badgers, Buckeyes tally road victories

There were a pair of Big Ten games Tuesday night, and it was the road teams taking both contests. No. 24 Wisconsin defeated struggling Illinois, 75-63, and No. 25 Ohio State upset No. 13 Iowa, 76-69. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post., [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] OHIO STATE 76, IOWA 69 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Aaron Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa 76-69 on Tuesday night for its third win in

Ranking games: Two Iowa tests top the list

We begin to head down the backstretch of the season, as my friends at Big Ten Geeks pointed out earlier this week. If you are like me, getting a clean read on the season makes you as confused as ever. But, don’t worry. Things will begin to crystallize … I think. Here’s my ranking of this week’s men’s basketball games. 1. Michigan at Iowa, Sat., Feb. 8. This is the game of week, ladies and gentlemen. The Wolverines sit atop the Big Ten along with Michigan State, as each has one loss. The Hawkeyes have three losses. A defeat will