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Big Ten Geeks: Should every team play in tourney?

We’ve already argued for and against divisions in Big Ten basketball. Today, we discuss whether every member of a 14-team Big Ten should be allowed to play in the Big Ten tournament. Josh: No. Tournaments are a lot of fun. There’s no atmosphere that’s better than a split crowd at a neutral site. And in the Big Ten Tournament, that happens numerous times over a four-day stretch. But for whatever reason, the Committee just can’t seem to recognize a conference tournament for what it is—a handful of conference games in a single-elimination format. The conference tournament should absolutely not trump

Super Seven: Ranking best Big Ten hoops arenas

When it comes to the best hoop arenas in the nation, places like Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse often are mentioned. But the Big Ten has its share of iconic venues, and I rank the conference’s seven best in this week’s Super Seven. [ RELATED: Where does your team land on our latest Power Rankings? ] 1. Assembly Hall, Indiana. The place has been rocking since it opened in 1971. This iconic edifice has been home to three national titles and countless big wins over the years and was at its

Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1 team

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. There’s a new No. 1 team on the list following Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic. How far did the Hoosiers drop as a result of the loss? Find out in this post. [ RELATED: View the latest AP and Coaches Polls ] 1. Michigan, 11-0 – How’s this for a start? The Wolverines have topped Pittsburgh, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Arkansas and West Virginia, teams with a combined 33-14 record (.702), by an average of 10.8 points per game. Last

No. 10 Illinois tops EKU in battle of unbeatens

Brandon Paul scored 17 points, Tracy Adams added 13 and No. 10 Illinois pulled away late to remain unbeaten with a 66-53 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday night. In a game between undefeated teams, the Illini led by 11 early but needed a late 12-2 run to gain control and help John Groce become only the second coach in Illinois history to win his first 12 games. Groce matched the school record for the best start by a first-year coach set by Fletcher Lane in 1907. Joseph Bertrand chipped in with 11 points for Illinois. Corey Walden scored 21

Big Ten Geeks: Christmas Wishlist, Part I

As we finish up non-conference play, we’re getting a better picture of where the teams stack up, and where they have holes to fill. No team is perfect, so everyone could stand to benefit from some gifts from Santa (or whoever). Here’s a rundown of what everyone needs. Illinois (11-0) Illinois’ fast start has been powered by its hot outside shooting. Not only are the Illini making a lot of 3s (39.6 percent), but over 40 percent of their attempts have come from three-point range. That’s good for the 11 wins John Groce’s team has banked, but can the Illini

Big Ten Geeks: Digging into Indiana's defense

This week’s slate is extremely light, so rather than dwelling on the few results we do have (Minnesota handling North Dakota State in impressive fashion, Illinois struggling with yet another low major), let’s delve deeper into a subject that will play a major factor in the Big Ten race: Indiana’s defense. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 because of its offense. The Hoosiers scored very efficiently last season and returned all the major pieces. Indiana’s offense has indeed been outstanding, but it is on the defensive end where major strides have been made–last season’s Hoosiers finished 64th nationally in adjusted

Big Ten Geeks: Should basketball use divisions?

With the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams, there is an open question as to whether basketball should go to divisions. Here’s our take on it. Josh: Now that the Big Ten is expanding to 14 teams, should basketball follow the lead of football and go with two divisions? Well, we can first look to a case study—the SEC. Up until this season, the SEC used a two-division format for basketball, splitting up the conference tournament by East and West. This season, the coaches voted to scrap that model, instead opting for seeding the teams based purely on conference record.

No. 10 Illinois holds off Norfolk State, moves to 11-0

Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help 10th-ranked Illinois hold off Norfolk State 64-54 on Tuesday night. The Illini (11-0) were coming of a win at Gonzaga on Saturday that helped move them into the top 10, but were sluggish against the Spartans. Illinois was shooting 46 percent from the field coming in but shot just 35 percent on the night. Rashid Gaston scored 12 points and Pendarvis Williams added 11 for Norfolk State (6-6), which led for much of the first half. Richardson left late in the first half

Zeller, Indiana top Big Ten Power Rankings

A month-plus into the men’s basketball season, it’s time to debut the Big Ten Power Rankings. With six teams landing in the top 19 of the latest major polls, it’s not an easy task to rank the top half of the conference. Indiana and Michigan are the top two teams so far, but what about after that? See my complete rankings in this post. 1. Indiana, 9-0 – The nation’s deepest team is about to welcome highly touted freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin – both opened season on suspension – to a rotation that already goes 10 deep. [RELATED:

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: