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Big Ten Geeks: Getting Defensive

We sit mere days away from Big Ten play, so it seems a proper time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the conference’s defenses. Possibly the best way to do that is through detailed shot data. The best defenses will limit open threes and shots at the rim while forcing opponents to take low value two-point jumpers. Courtesy of Hoop-Math, the following table contains defensive shot data for the teams in the Big Ten, sorted from fewest shots allowed at the rim to most shots allowed at the rim. Team % Shots At Rim % Shots 2pt Jumpers %

Yarina: My All-Big Ten Most Improved Team

With the nonconference season almost behind us and the conference season just a week away, it’s a good time to consider the Big Ten’s most improved players. There’s plenty of players to choose from, that’s for sure. See who made the cut for my all-improved team in this post. Editor’s note: This list only considers players who played in the Big Ten last year, meaning the Rayvonte Rices and Terran Petteways of the world aren’t eligible. G: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. A season ago, Ferrell was a true freshman distributor who took a back seat to Indiana’s four 1,000-point scorers. He

Sunday hoops roundup: B1G goes for 5 for 5

The Big Ten went a perfect 5-0 for the second consecutive day Sunday. Indiana (Kennesaw State), Iowa (Ark-Pine Bluff), Northwestern (Brown), Penn State (Mount St. Mary’s) and Purdue (West Virginia) all carded nonconference wins. Catch up on all the stats, scores and select video highlights in this post. INDIANA 90, KENNESAW STATE 66 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Yogi Ferrell had 25 points while Noah Vonleh added 14 points and nine rebounds as Indiana easily defeated Kennesaw State 90-66 on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers (10-3), who open Big Ten play on New Year’s Eve at Illinois, shot a

Video: Luke Fischer does best Cody Zeller impression

If Luke Fischer reminded Indiana basketball fans of Cody Zeller in Sunday’s 90-66 win over Kennesaw State, they weren’t alone. BTN color analyst Jim Jackson noticed it, too, and how could he not with the way the freshman big man ran the floor? Watch Fischer’s Zeller-like sequence in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: As @BTNJimJackson said, Luke Fischer looking like Zeller on this @IndianaMBB sequence. WATCH – http://t.co/YOZLa3LidN — Indiana on BTN (@BTN_Indiana) December 22, 2013 How much did Fischer look like Zeller? Here you go! Fischer also did a lot of other good things Sunday. Like this: VIDEO: What isn't

$40M Skjodt gift to renovate IU's Assembly Hall

(AP) Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt has donated $40 million to Indiana University to renovate Assembly Hall. [ MORE: IUHoosiers.com: Historic gift will renovate Assembly Hall ] University President Michael McRobbie announced the gift during a news conference Thursday in which he said the home court of the men’s and women’s basketball teams would be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall once renovations are complete as early as 2016. IU says the improvements to the 42-year-old arena will include revenue-generating box seats, a new south entryway, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, escalators and remodeled restrooms and concession stands. [ MORE: IUHoosiers.com:

Indiana, Minnesota notch Friday victories

Indiana and Minnesota had their hands full on Friday night, but each Big Ten team escaped with a victory. The Hoosiers topped Nicholls 79-66, while Minnesota edged Nebraska Omaha, 92-79. Catch up on all the action and watch video highlights in this post. INDIANA 79, NICHOLLS 66 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Yogi Ferrell scored 16 points and had a season-high eight assists, and Indiana overcame mistakes and sloppy play in a 79-66 win over Nicholls State on Friday night. Will Sheehey and Jeremy Hollowell added 14 points apiece for the Hoosiers (9-3), who bounced back from a

BTN expands studio team of basketball analysts

CHICAGO – BTN will bolster its team of studio analysts to coincide with the start of conference basketball by adding former Maryland and Ohio State head coach Gary Williams and Hall of Fame sportswriters Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Mike DeCourcy, who returns for a third season. In total, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including nine straight weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, and four Big Ten Tournament games. All “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders will begin with the Auto Owner’s Insurance Big Ten Tip-Off Show, hosted by Dave Revsine alongside analyst Jim Jackson. BTN’s lineup

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a great photo of a young Bo Ryan. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Ranking the most memorable sports moments in 2013: http://t.co/hWvG76T5tN — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 20, 2013 Our take: Michigan State spoils Ohio State’s BCS hopes leads the way at No. 47. Congrats on your second 33rd birthday Coach Ryan… we love

Big Ten Geeks: Early Trends

It’s still early, but it can be instructive to look at how Big Ten teams have performed relative to preseason expectations. With so few games of consequence being played this week, now is as good a time as any to pause and see how things have gone. Courtesy of the ever-useful kenpom.com, here’s how the rankings have evolved for Big Ten teams so far this season: The index on the x-axis is the game number from which the ranking was taken. The first ranking is taken from before the first game (i.e. the preseason ranking), the second ranking is taken

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including Tom Izzo playing “Silent Night” on his accordion. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Jingle bells jingle bells at the radio show last night 🎅🎅😂👏👏 A post shared by Denzel Valentine (@denzelvalentine) on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:33pm PST Our take: Favorite part is Denzel Valentine dancing and clapping. Ranking the top 10 players in