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Big Ten Geeks: Prove It

Early season tournaments tantalize with their meaningful matchups (played in front of a lot of empty seats), and they offer a glimpse into what we should expect over the year. A thirty-point beatdown over Texas Pan Am doesn’t tell you as much about a team as a loss to Villanova. But still, we should take these with a grain of salt. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, some teams that really struggle with challenging early season games end up making lots of deep runs in March.

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Big Ten Geeks: One Week In

After a week of games, primarily of the cupcake blowout variety, the Big Ten is a cumulative 23-5. Can we learn anything from what we’ve seen so far? Here’s a few thoughts heading into the weekend.

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Illinois drops Colgate, 77-55

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Colgate at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Illinois took home a victory, 77-55 over Colgate on Friday as Brandon Paul scored 20 points. Murphy Burnatowski had a good game for Colgate (0-1) in defeat with 23 points, 8-of-15 shooting from the field, and 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

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Illinois holds off West Chester in final tuneup

Illinois' Tracy Abrams

West Chester at Illinois - Men's Basketball Wrap-Up

It wasn’t pretty, but the Illinois men’s basketball team held on to beat West Chester, 75-66, in its exhibition finale Sunday at Assembly Hall. Tracy Abrams scored 17 points to pace four Illini in double figures. Twenty-one Illinois turnovers allowed West Chester to keep the score closer than expected. Illinois opens the regular season at 8 p.m. ET Friday vs. Colgate.

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