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Big Ten Geeks: The ACC Strikes Back

In a bit of a surprise, the ACC took four of six games last night to clinch a tie in this year’s Challenge. Let’s look at how they did it. Ohio State played an excellent first half at Cameron Indoor, but the Buckeyes’ defense let them down after the break as Duke pulled away. The change in Duke’s efficiency was startling: First Half Efficiency Second Half Efficiency Ohio State 1.04 1.03 Duke 0.77 1.39 This scalding second half can be explained with a basic stat: the Blue Devils made eight dunks or layups in the second half, after making only

Illinois pulls away to win, 75-62

No. 22 Illinois was able to carry momentum into the break and sustain it after, which allowed the Fighting Illini to secure a 75-62 over Georgia Tech on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. Illinois (8-0) trailed 31-25 in the first, but went on a 19-6 run over the next 5:26 to take a seven-point lead. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL: No. 22 Illinois was

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results. The night’s marquee game was Indiana vs. North Carolina, and the nation’s number one team did not disappoint. The Hoosiers were  a double-digit favorite, so the fact that they won was not a surprise, but the manner in which they won was mighty impressive. For much of the first half, it was a back-and-forth game, with neither team really playing their best. Indiana closed the half on a run to take a

Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview, Part One

Time for our season preview! As is BTG custom, Mike and I discuss the season as only we know how—long-windedly. Josh: OK, so we’re a couple weeks in, and the Big Ten still looks like the nation’s best conference. Miles ahead of everyone else. I have the Big Ten winning the Challenge, easily. So with the Big Ten so good, does the “8 and 10 and In” campaign start now? Mike: I’ve wondered the same thing. Illinois has looked quite good, and Pomeroy still has the Illini projected to go 8-10 in the conference. You’d like to believe that the mantra of

Big Ten Geeks: What's up with Wisconsin?

In the wake of Wisconsin’s lopsided loss at the hands of Florida, I urged caution. It was early. Florida is really good, and they were playing at home. Surely, it wouldn’t be long before Bo Ryan had his team playing well enough to put any fears about the Badgers missing the NCAA Tournament to rest. But after Wisconsin lost to Creighton, and had to rely on a second-half comeback to beat a mediocre Arkansas team, I wouldn’t begrudge anyone in Madison for doing a bit of hand-wringing. If you wanted to go by resume-building, Creighton was an excellent chance to

Griffey's late trey lifts Illinois past Gardner-Webb

Tyler Griffey buried a long 3-pointer with four seconds left and Illinois survived a scare Sunday by beating Gardner-Webb 63-62. After winning the Maui Invitational, the Illini (7-0) came home and needed to rally against Gardner-Webb. Griffey’s 3 followed a banked-in 3-pointer from Tashan Newsome with 12 seconds left that gave the Runnin’ Bulldogs (4-4) a 62-60 lead. Griffey was one of four Illinois players to finish with 13 points Sunday with D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand. Bertrand added six rebounds. The Illini overcame cold shooting. They hit just 33 percent of their first-half shots and led Gardner-Webb

Hoops roundup: Illinois wins Maui Invitational

Before Thanksgiving arrived, it was time for some Big Ten men’s basketball. There were a handful of games Wednesday night, including perfect Illinois toppling Butler to claim the Maui Invitational title. Catch up on all the action, get recaps and watch select in-game highlights in this post. Use these links to track the action: [ SCORES | BTN CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | PHOTOS | WATCH B1G DUNKS ] ILLINOIS 78, BUTLER 61: BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Rotnei Clarke scored 27 points for Butler, but it was not enough as Illinois recorded a 78-61 victory Wednesday to win the

Big Ten Geeks: Is Illinois rebuilding?

Today’s point/counterpoint: whether those 9th and 10th place predictions for Illinois are on the money. Point: No. The notion seems ridiculous. We’re talking about a team with six consensus top-100 players on the roster—that’s more than Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin. And all of those top-100 players are sophomores or older, which is the most upperclass top-100 players in the Big Ten. So yes, while this team was not very good last year, there’s plenty of talent on the roster. And what’s more, new coach John Groce figures to be a perfect fit for fixing what was wrong with this

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana can shoot the ball

Thanksgiving week has thus far been kind to the Big Ten, with several squads in position to win their early season tournaments. Let’s hit some of the highlights. Indiana survived its first real test of the season, needing overtime to defeat Georgetown in Brooklyn. The Hoosiers probably should have wrapped up this game in regulation, but the Hoyas used an 8-1 run over the final 64 seconds to force overtime. In that stretch, Yogi Ferrell missed the front end of a one-and-one, then made only one of two on the next trip. Ferrell is now shooting 87 percent from the

Tuesday hoops roundup: MSU holds off Boise State

It was a busy day on the Big Ten men’s hardwood Tuesday, as six teams were in action. No. 19 Michigan State got a scare from Boise State but held on for a 74-70 win at the Breslin Center. Track all of tonight’s action, get live updates and watch in-game highlights in this post. Use these links to enhance the game experience: [ SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | ALL RAPID RECAPS | WATCH B1G DUNKS ] ILLINOIS 84, CHAMINADE 61: BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Behind a solid offensive effort, Illinois defeated Chaminade 84-61 on Tuesday at Lahaina Civic Center in