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Illinois bounces back, dominates Ohio State

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Brandon Paul scored 19 points and No. 11 Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener to beat No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday. The Illini (14-2, 1-1) led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead.

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Grab new BTN hoops Facebook headers

With the arrival of Big Ten Conference play in men’s basketball, we’ve updated our BTN Big Ten fan Facebook headers. Scroll down in this post and click on the thumbnail of your school to get the full-sized graphic. Right click to save the large image to your computer, then add it to your Facebook page to show off your school spirit.

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Big Ten Geeks: It isn't the Little Ten

Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose.

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BTN Court Pass debuts tonight

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 2nd Afternoon Update

Just as BTN & BTN2Go did for football this past fall with BTN Field Pass, we’re turning on pregame cameras before selected Big Ten men’s basketball games this season to give fans a glimpse of their teams before the TV cameras go live. The experience starts tonight 30 minutes before both BTN games –  Nebraska vs. Ohio State Court pass goes live at 6 p.m. ET and the court pass at Illinois vs. Purdue goes on at 8 p.m.  You can watch these live online feeds via BTN2Go.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten noncon teams

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And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post.

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