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Counting 'em down: Week's top plays

Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 20-26 action. The second-to-final week of the regular season included several strong plays, but which ones found a spot on blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. See last week’s top plays and keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature. 10. Tim Frazier drive

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UW upsets OSU; Indiana, Illinois bounce back

No. 15 Wisconsin upset No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus (recap), No. 24 Indiana blew away Minnesota (recap) and Illinois halted its skid against previously surging Iowa (recap) in Big Ten men’s basketball action Sunday. Catch up on all three games on our scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Iowa-Illinois game, and here are his best calls. Indiana 69, Minnesota 50: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD FINAL: Victor Oladipo scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Indiana to a 69-50 win over

Gus Johnson

Best of Gus: Iowa at Illinois

Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Meyers Leonard’s back-to-back blocks and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday’s Iowa-Illinois game in this post. Johnson: “Inside to Leonard!” Johnson: “Young fella!” Johnson: “Matty Fresh!”

Big Ten Geeks: Purdue, the anti-Purdue

With Saturday’s win over Michigan, Purdue has seemingly punched its ticket to the Dance. At 9-7 in conference play, the Boilermakers are probably right where most expected them to finish this season–still solidly in the field of 68, but not a serious contender for the conference championship. But how they got to this point is very unexpected. Ever since the Baby Boilers arrived at West Lafayette, defense has been the calling card of this team: Year    Points Per Possession       B10 Rank       Opponent Points Per Possession       B10 Rank    07-08 1.06 4th 0.94 2nd

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Shurna, Cheaney Among Profiles On Next 'Journey'

On this week’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, our cameras take you behind John Shurna’s record-breaking day as the senior became Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer last weekend against Minnesota. We also profile Calbert Cheaney, the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, who has returned to Indiana following a career in the NBA, both as a player and assistant coach. Watch a bonus clip now and see what else we’ll be profiling on Sunday’s show in this post. Also, follow the show on Twitter: @BTNJourney. Here Shurna talks about hearing from Billy McKinney, the previous all-time

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Three-Pointers: A Big Ten Battle for Tourney Byes

With a little more than a week to go, it has come down to Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in the race for the Big Ten title. But other story lines exist. Which four teams will secure first-round byes in the Big Ten tourney? The Spartans, Buckeyes and Wolverines look like locks for three of the slots. But who will get the fourth? Wisconsin? Indiana? Purdue? Or, how about white-hot Iowa? Speaking of the Hawkeyes, some wonder if they can forge an NCAA-worthy resume. Iowa is 15-13 overall, 7-8 in the Big Ten. Its 4-3 mark vs. the Top

Big Ten Geeks: Minnesota's Bubble Bursts

Another night, another set of at-large hopes dashed. On Wednesday evening, Minnesota hoped to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, at least for another few days, with a crucial home matchup against Michigan State. Things were looking up when the Gophers took a nine-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. Maybe Minnesota really would pull this off and get back onto the bubble. Maybe not. The Gophers made just two field goals over the final 10 minutes, with one of them being a meaningless three with two seconds left. The split of efficiencies completely changed over the final 16

Who Survives This Bubble Team Scramble?

Selection Sunday is March 11. Time is running out for teams to enhance their resumes for an NCAA tourney at-large berth. Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana all look like locks for the Big Dance, with one winning the automatic bid and the others at-large spots. And Penn State and Nebraska appear to be but out. But what about Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, the Big Ten’s bubble teams? Yes, one could claim the Big Ten’s automatic bid by winning the league tourney, but that’s a long shot. Instead, each likely will need to earn an at-large

Show off your Big Ten colors on Facebook

Attention Facebook users! If you’re looking for a very cool header photo for your personal timeline, then we have some treats for you. Embedded in this post are 12 special Big Ten school photos suitable for your timeline. Have a look inside this post, then just click on your favorite image to get full-sized graphic. From there you you can right click the big picture, save it, then upload it to your Facebook page in time for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. And don’t forget to come visit the BTN on Facebook at for more fun features including

Men's Tourney Tickets Go On Sale Monday

Both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 27. You can buy them through Ticketmaster ( /800-745-3000) and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office. The tourney runs March 8 -11 and all of the games are at the Fieldhouse. Single-session ticket prices range from $20 to $80 depending on the session and seat location. All-session tickets are available for $240 or $175. Orders will be limited to eight all-session or single-session tickets. Get more info over at on their