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Big Ten Geeks: Boiling Over

Purdue picked up a huge victory for their at-large profile at Illinois on Wednesday. This game was mostly decided in the first half, as the Boilers jumped out to a 13-point lead after 16 minutes. Bruce Weber’s team couldn’t stop the smaller Purdue lineup, and it failed to take advantage at the other end by getting the ball to Meyers Leonard. From that point forward, the Illini played much better, even using a triangle-and-two to good effect in the second half, but the Boilers would never fully relinquish their lead. The split of the efficiencies tells the story of too little, too late:

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Thursday's Women’s Hoops Roundup

NCAA Womens Basketball: Penn State at Purdue

Penn State at Purdue - Women's Basketball Highlights

It was a battle of Top 25 opponents as No. 17 Penn State beat No. 19 Purdue, 74-63. Maggie Lucas scored 28 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the win. Watch the highlights now and follow our scoreboard for other results from around the conference. Also, dive inside for an interview with Lucas from earlier in the day and much more.

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Gimme 5: Q&A with Illini F Karisma Penn

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Illini, but when they do it up, they do it up big. With Karisma Penn providing a monster presence inside, Illinois upended tenth-ranked Ohio State last weekend for one of the biggest upsets in the Big Ten this season. Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked to Penn in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.

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Dienhart: Illini's Weber Poured It All Out

Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber Speaks After Purdue Loss

Say what you want about Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Debate his in-game strategy, complain about his inability to land the mega recruit, lament his seemingly kid-glove treatment of players. All legit beefs. But no one can argue with Weber’s sincerity and honesty.

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TV times, dates for 2012 Big Ten Softball

At least 27 Big Ten softball games will be broadcast on BTN this season, with a minimum of 66 additional games streamed on the digital network. A select number of streamed baseball and softball games will be televised on delay through BTN’s Student U initiative.

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The Joseph Bertrand highlight reel

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand

Gus Johnson: "Bertrand Jumped to the Heavens"

If you missed the nightcap of our BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, you missed quite the display from Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand. On a few occasions, it was as if he was putting on his own dunk contest. Two of Bertrand’s better dunks can be seen in this post. As for the one posted here, well, let’s just say the Illinois sophomore nearly jumped out of the gym. BTN announcer Gus Johnson loved it so much, he was going crazy during the replays. It was that good – even though it came in a 67-62 home loss. Don’t miss Bertrand’s other nice slam, a putback of a missed jumper, in this post.

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