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Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

Tom Crean

Oladipo: Out of The Gate With a Dunk

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This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Geeks: It's Ola-doeverything for Indiana

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Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration.

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Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

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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. 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 audio archive.

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Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

Tim Miles

Thad Matta Coaches vs Cancer

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It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post.

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Senior Bowl: Tracking Big Ten's NFL prospects


Defensive Line of the Big Ten

BTN is at the Senior Bowl tracking the progress filing reports on a number of players. In their latest report, Rick Pizzo and Gerry DiNardo focused on two defensive lineman: Illinois’ Michael Buchanan and Penn State’s Jordan Hill.

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