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Virginia at Minnesota - Women's Basketball Highlights

Despite getting double-digit scoring performances from Rachel Banham, Sari Noga and Kayla Hirt, Minnesota dropped its Big Ten-ACC Challenge game to Virginia, 68-90. Jump inside for highlights of Illinois’ win over Wake Forest and get full scores and stats on our women’s basketball scoreboard.

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Big Ten Geeks: The ACC Strikes Back

Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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Did You See This? Bertrand elevates

Nov 28, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Joseph Bertrand (2) makes a basket and is fouled by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) during the second half at Assembly Hall. Illinois won 75-62. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Joseph Bertrand Elevates

Illinois’s Joseph Bertrand showed off some acrobatics on Wednesday night against Georgia Tech, including the twisting shot in this video. Up 62-58 in the second half, Bertrand takes the ball almost the length of the court, leaps a good distance from the rim, twists in the air, and banks the shot in off the glass. And he drew the foul. Bertrand finished with 15 points, one of four Illini players in double digits.

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Illinois pulls away to win, 75-62

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Georgia Tech at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosier fans cheer during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

UNC at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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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.

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2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams

Sep 8, 2012; Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) warms up prior to the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Ameche-Dayne RB of the Year

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The 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin and interviews with several of the Big Ten’s individual award winners, including Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

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