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No. 10 Minnesota gets road win over No. 13 Illinois

Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 19 to help No. 8 Minnesota top Illinois Wednesday 84-67 and remain undefeated in the Big Ten. The Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off a charge by the 12th-ranked Illini midway through the second half. Joseph Bertrand pulled Illinois within at 44-42 on a short jumper with 12:37 left. [ RELATED: Check out the Twitter love for Minnesota after win ] But the physical matchup took its toll on the Illini (14-3, 1-2). And as Illinois piled up fouls, Trevor Mbakwe connected on layup with 6:15 to play for a

Big Ten Geeks: Master of his Craft?

Ohio State picked up a solid road victory at Purdue last night, but the bigger story may be the point guard controversy simmering in Columbus. After just five minutes of play, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft  picked up his second foul and headed for the bench, with his team leading by a point. Replacement Shannon Scott would ignite the team, helping to grow a double digit halftime lead that Ohio State would not relinquish, despite some valiant efforts from the Boilermakers. Scott was excellent in many ways, but most impressive was his ability to create for others on the offensive end. Scott finished with

Live blog: Track Super Wednesday games with BTN

Super Wednesdays on BTN is our weekly doubleheader of live men’s basketball games on BTN & BTN2Go. In the first game, No. 2 Michigan held off Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota dropped No. 13 Illinois in the nightcap. Online, track our in-game live blog in this post as BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geek bloggers offer up their analysis. It will also be the first place BTN.com posts in-game video highlights, as well as selected tweets and photos.

Big Ten's best dunkers: One guy's top 5

This LostLettermen.com post got me thinking about the Big Ten’s top dunkers. There’s a bunch of them, and they’ve kept me busy this season on our Big Ten Dunk Archive. But who are the best of the best? I’ve come up with my top 5, plus honorable mention list, in this post. Let’s hear from you, too, though. There’s a poll included inside and feel free to send your nomination in the comment box. 1. Rodney Williams, Minnesota – In the open court, on alley-oops or with putback slams, Williams is the Big Ten’s most exciting and diverse dunker. Any

Power Rankings: Burke, Michigan bolster case

It’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. While it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the top team, there’s plenty of debate after No. 2 Michigan. 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: View the latest AP & Coaches polls ] 1. Michigan, (15-0, 2-0) – The Wolverines have scored at least 93 points in three of the last four games, including 94 (at Northwestern)

Big Ten Geeks: Is Ohio State good?

It seems ludicrous that a Geek would pose such a question concerning the No. 11-ranked team according to Ken Pomeroy, but it’s fair. While the Buckeyes still look good in the computer’s eyes, but the computer’s eyes aren’t going to determine things like whether Ohio State will be invited to the Dance and how it will be seeded. So far on the season, OSU has faced three quality opponents (Duke, Kansas, and Illinois), and they’ve lost them all. In each of those three losses, the Buckeyes were led by Deshaun Thomas, who didn’t get much help from his teammates. In

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 McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:  Listen to Penn State Associate Coach Burroughs:  Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Coach Beilein:  Listen to Coach Matta:  Listen

Did You See This? Bertrand reverse alley-oop

While not quite to the level of J.R. Smith a few days ago, Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand went for a silly reverse alley-oop of his own in Saturday’s rout of Ohio State. Brandon Paul set up the highlight-reel play with a pass that he delivered from just inside the halfcourt line. Watch the reverse alley-oop here and see a great picture of it in this post. [ RELATED: Watch 2012-13 slams in our Big Ten Dunk Archive ] And here’s the aforementioned excellent USA TODAY Sports photo: Paul also had an alley-oop, his of the face-to-the-basket variety: About Brent Yarina BTN.com

Illinois bounces back, dominates Ohio State

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. Illinois used stingy defense to shut down the Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1), who shot just 33 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times. Nnanna Egwu added 16 points for Illinois and Tracy Abrams had 13 points and five assists. Deshaun Thomas led Ohio State with

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. Enjoy! LEGENDS LEADERS Are we on Facebook? Let us count the ways: www.facebook.com/BTN: Updates, polls, interactive features and much more. www.facebook.com/BTNVideo: Video clips for viewing and sharing right on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BTNJourney: Follow our show “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten