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B1G hoops roundup: Hoosiers upset Badgers

That was a fun night of Big Ten basketball! First, Indiana snapped its 12-game losing streak to Wisconsin and handed the third-ranked Badgers their first loss. After that, Michigan beat Penn State to stay perfect in Big Ten play. Catch up on scores, stats and watch highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN 80, PENN STATE 67 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and Michigan remained unbeaten in Big Ten play with an 80-67 victory over Penn

Bo Ryan, Tom Crean slow down handshake

The last time Wisconsin played at Indiana, Bo Ryan and Tom Crean shared what had to go down as the fastest postgame handshake in the history of the game. Seriously. If you don’t remember it, watch it at the bottom of this post. Things were quite different following Indiana’s 75-72 upset over the undefeated and third-ranked Badgers on Tuesday. The two coaches shared a lengthy embrace. [ MORE: Video: Indiana fans storm court after upset win ] Here’s a photo of it. Yes, apparently, even the security guard was surprised. After last year's hurried Bo Ryan-Tom Crean handshake, tonight's lengthy

Big Ten Geeks: Iowa crashes the party

In case any doubters remained—Iowa is for real, as proven by its 10-point win in Columbus. Granted, this was probably more like a six- or eight-point win if Ohio State isn’t fouling desperately at the end. But that’s splitting hairs, especially because most teams in that position do the same thing. Frankly, if you’re looking for reasons to call this result a fluke, you might be looking for a while. Iowa wasn’t red-hot from the outside (29 percent on 3s), Ohio State wasn’t atrocious at the free-throw line (71 percent), and both teams shot roughly the same number of free

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Chris Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim

Marble, Vonleh take home Big Ten weekly honors

The Big Ten office announced its latest Big Ten Players of the Week, and Iowa’s Devyn Marble (Player of the Week) and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh (Freshman of the Week) are the latest recipients. See what each players did this past week to earn the honor in this post. Player of the Week: Devyn Marble, Iowa, G – Sr. – 6-6 Averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 60.0 percent from the field in #20/T23 Iowa’s pair of Big Ten wins over Northwestern and #3/3 Ohio State In Sunday’s road win over the Buckeyes,

Ranking starting lineups for every Big Ten team

We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss. So, what do all of these teams have in common outside of impressive win-loss records? Exceptional starting lineups. This list ranks all 12 starting fives in the Big Ten, counting down from 12-to-1. [ MORE: Bardo: Most surprising players in the

Saturday hoops reacap: MSU stays perfect in Big Ten

There was doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops today on BTN/BTN2Go. Indiana rallied past Penn State, 79-76 in the first game of the day, while Michigan State won a 87-75 overtime thriller over Minnesota in the second game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half

Week in review: Badgers continue to impress

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my weekly 3-pointers, which is my own look back and forward in the world of Big Ten hoops. What do we mean “wild?” Did you not see this shot, this ejection, and this OT thriller? Here’s what we cover on this Friday: Three teams on the rise, three teams sinking, and three things I learned this week. We also cover my three most impressive wins from the past seven days and the three biggest games coming up in the next week. Let’s do this. Three Stocks to Buy Minnesota. How ‘bout those

Charlotte Bobcats announce Cody Zeller 'Gnome Night'

We have all heard of both college and professional sports teams doing promotional “Bobblehead Nights.” But a “Gnome Night” is a new marketing technique that could catch fire soon. ESPN Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell recently tweeted that the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats have announced a Cody Zeller and Kemba Walker gnome giveaway at games this month. Bobcats announce Kemba Walker & Cody Zeller Gnome giveaways at games this month pic.twitter.com/nHZNQpBEWm — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 9, 2014 This must be a first. Personally, my favorite part is that Walker’s gnome is taller than Zeller’s, when Zeller (7-0) is a foot

Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a