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Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post. Illinois’ John Groce went with blue and orange Nikes, while staff went white and orange As mentioned above, Crean went with the tracksuit again: Iowa’s staff went with white and black Nikes Michigan’s staff went with white and blue low-top adidas shoes

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Outlast Badgers

Michigan State won a battle of attrition in frigid Madison, edging Wisconsin by a 49-47 score. The Spartans are now 5-0 in games decided by three points or less, and this win was especially fortunate. The Badgers did an excellent job on defense, forcing Michigan State to take an abnormally high proportion of two-point jumpers: MICHIGAN STATE FGM FGA FG% % of shots Layups/dunks/tip-ins 6 13 46% 28% Two-point jumpers 8 25 32% 53% Threes 4 9 44% 19% For the season, the Spartans dedicate only 33 percent of their shots to two-point jumpers, as they are usually able to get

Brandon Paul & Brandon Ubel

Richardson shoots Illinois past Nebraska

D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Illinois (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) held Nebraska without a field goal for the last 8:51 of the first half and led 35-23 at the break. The Huskers got no closer than six points the rest of the way. Dylan Talley had 16 points and Brandon Ubel added 10 for the Cornhuskers (10-10, 1-6). John Groce, in his first year at Illinois, recorded his 100th win in five seasons as a head coach. [

Glenn Robinson III

Big Ten dunks: A week's worth of slams

We continue to keep our eyes (and ears) open for Big Ten men’s basketball dunks all season, and there have been plenty. Michigan’s Glen Robinson III went 360 degrees last week, and Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren had his poster moment. Here now in this video clip is our weekly dunk-o-matic highlight reel. Don’t forget to find the best ones here, and then a whole bunch more broken out by team and by month over here. Here’s are the dunks for January 2013 so far: SCHOOL JANUARY DUNKS ILLINOIS Tracy Abrams finds Tyler Griffey for easy jam at Purdue Brandon Paul explodes for alley-oop

Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean:   Listen to Coach McCaffery: Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:   Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Asst. Michigan Coach Jeff Meyer:  Listen to Coach Matta:  Listen to

Glenn Robinson III

Power Rankings: Michigan reclaims top spot

For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Michigan, (17-1, 4-1) – This Trey Burke quote following Michigan’s win at raucous Minnesota is a scary

Big Ten Geeks: Inconvenient Truths

This may surprise you, but every now and then we say something that really gets fans riled up. The best example of this is our belief that while Aaron Craft is a very good defender, he is not, nor has he ever been, Ohio State’s best defender. And this year, he’s not even the team’s best perimeter defender. Rather than take this as a complement to Ohio State’s collection of outstanding defenders, a lot of people take this as a slight to Craft. Well, today I want to say all sorts of things that I think are true, but I

Jordan Hulls & Joe Coleman

Power Rankings: Indiana returns to top of list

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. This week, following Michigan’s first loss, there’s a new – and familiar – No. 1. See where I rank your team in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (15-1, 3-0) – There’s been whispers about it, but it’s time Victor Oladipo received more Big Ten Player

Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean:  Listen to Coach McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:  Listen to Coach Chambers:  Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Coach Beilein:  Listen to Coach Matta: 

Big Ten Geeks: Early Dominance

This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes. Team Two-Point Pct. Three-Point Pct. Turnover Pct. Points per Possession Indiana 66.7 63.6 12.5 1.63 Minnesota 53.8 38.5 37.5 0.91 Throw in the fact that the Hoosiers secured half of their (rare) misses, and this is about as close as you’ll find to offensive perfection. There was not a single statistical category in