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Week in review: Badgers continue to impress

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my weekly 3-pointers, which is my own look back and forward in the world of Big Ten hoops. What do we mean “wild?” Did you not see this shot, this ejection, and this OT thriller? Here’s what we cover on this Friday: Three teams on the rise, three teams sinking, and three things I learned this week. We also cover my three most impressive wins from the past seven days and the three biggest games coming up in the next week. Let’s do this. Three Stocks to Buy Minnesota. How ‘bout those

Big Ten Geeks: Better to be lucky than good?

Wednesday and Thursday brought some interesting results on the Big Ten hardwood. Let’s jump right in. After Michigan’s last road game, we opined that the Wolverines were fortunate to leave Minneapolis with a victory. As if to troll us, John Beilein’s team found an even luckier way to win a Big Ten road game, this time in Nebraska’s brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena. This one point victory included a half-court make at the halftime buzzer by Derrick Walton, then a point-blank miss at the end of regulation by Nebraska’s Leslee Smith. If either of those shots goes the way you’d

Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a

Steve Stricker takes in Illinois-Wisconsin game

What does the No. 9-ranked golfer in the world do for entertainment on a cold January night? How about taking in a top-25 Big Ten hoops matchup. Professional golfer Steve Stricker was at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night to watch No. 4-ranked Wisconsin take on No. 23 Illinois in Madison, Wis. [ MORE: Catch up on Wednesday’s Big Ten hoops action ] Stricker is a Edgerton, Wis., native and a graduate of Illinois, where he was an All-American for the Fighting Illini in 1988-89. The 46-year-old Stricker showed up to tonight’s game wearing an Illinois hat and a Wisconsin

B1G roundup: 16-0 Badgers clinch best start

BTN featured a doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops action on Wednesday night. Minnesota kicked off the night with an 68-65 win over Penn State, while No. 4 Wisconsin carded a 95-70 blowout win over No. 23 Illinois to improve to 16-0, the best start in school history. Catch up on all the action in this post. MINNESOTA 68, PENN STATE 65 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and Andre Hollins added 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit to defeat Penn State 68-65 Wednesday night. Four late free throw conversions by Malik

Rayvonte Rice: 'I am fortunate to be here'

No Big Ten newcomer has had a bigger impact than Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice, the Big Ten’s leading scorer. And that’s a big reason why the Fighting Illini have been one of the Big Ten’s biggest surprises. At 6-4, 235 pounds, Rice is built like a linebacker. And he often plays like one, showing abandon as he crashes the lane on a drive or to get a rebound. It comes naturally for a guy whose cousin is former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure, the school’s single game and single-season rushing leader. [ MORE: View 2013-14 Big Ten scoring leaders ]

BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. “Once again, the Big Ten Conference features some of the top teams in the nation,” said BTN Originals Coordinating Producer Bill Friedman “and The Journey will have our cameras rolling to capture the most compelling stories and to take the viewer courtside and into the locker

Big Ten Geeks: Spartan Shooting

In the first epic clash of the conference season, Michigan State held serve at home against a relentless Ohio State team. Does this give the Spartans the inside track on the Big Ten title? Let’s dive in. In a lot of ways, this was a tough game to figure. MSU fans can point to the fact that their team led nearly the entire game, and that Michigan State’s ability to build a 17-point lead over the first 31:58 of game time is indicative of who is the better team. FIRST 31:58 OF REGULATION Points Possessions Efficiency Ohio State 38 51

Court Pass: Live from Penn State & Wisconsin

Leading up to both mens’s basketball games on BTN/BTN2Go tonight, we’re launching another installment of Court Pass, our live online camera delivering exclusive pregame video. Thirty minutes before Minnesota at Penn State tips off at 7 p.m. ET, we turn on our cameras at the arena. We do it again at 8:30 p.m., or thirty minutes before Wisconsin takes on visiting Illinois at 9 p.m. ET. How can you watch? Just make sure you have BTN2Go, then click on in to watch the action. And if you like, you can watch either game live on BTN2Go, too. [ MORE: Daily

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois premiere

Tonight the University of Illinois episode kicks off the 2014 LiveBIG season after Coach John Groce’s Fighting Illini take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In the episode you’ll learn more about astronaut Mike Hopkins, who was once the captain of the Illinois football team, and the largest supercomputer in the world (aka “Blue Waters”). Here’s a sneak peak of tonight’s episode.