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A look at early basketball signing classes

The early basketball signing period started last Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ends today. The Big Ten had a decent haul. According to Scout.com, Ohio State (No. 6) and Indiana (No. 21) are the lone league schools to rank among the Top 25 classes in the nation. But there still will be a spring signing period, so these classes can change. There were just two five-star signees, and both inked with Ohio State: 6-4 off-guard D’Angelo Russell and 6-7 small forward Keita Bates-Diop. There were seven four-star signees. Russell is the highest-rated Big Ten prospect, coming in at No. 16 in

Sunday Big Ten men's hoops roundup: Iowa St. upsets Michigan

It was a busy day in Big Ten men’s basketball, as seven teams were in action. No. 8 Michigan was upset at Iowa State, while No. 23 Indiana had no trouble with Stony Brook. Get all the scores, stats and video highlights from Sunday’s action in this post. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 81, BRADLEY 55 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Jon Ekey scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Sunday as Illinois cruised to an easy 81-55 victory over previously unbeaten Bradley. The 6-foot-7-inch Ekey hit five of seven from the

Video: Tom Crean, Hoosiers honor Ed Hightower

Tom Crean and Indiana honored referee Ed Hightower in the closing moments of the team’s convincing 105-59 win over Samford on Friday night. Hightower, the longtime and high-profile Big Ten ref, was officiating his final game at Assembly Hall. Watch Crean and the Hoosiers honor Hightower in this post. “For 32 years he has not only been one of the best officials, but one of the classiest officials,” Tom Crean said over the public address system, prompting Hightower to come over for a handshake and hug. Indiana also gave Hightower the game ball following the final buzzer. This is why

Week in Review: Looking ahead to Week 12 B1G Games

Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is here. Can you believe it? Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET when Purdue travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State. Immediatly following that, Michigan will take on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Field. Both games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here. GAMEDAY LINKS: LIVE SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | BTN2GO | STANDINGS | POLLS

Indiana, Michigan State win in Big Ten hoops action

Two of the Big Ten’s top teams were in action Friday night, and there were plenty of highlights for both Indiana and Michigan State. Yogi Ferrell poured in a game-high 26 points and Noah Vonleh added another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers cruised to a 105-59 victory over Samford. In the nightcap, Adreian Payne had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan State edged out a 62-53 win over Columbia. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights in this post. INDIANA 105, SAMFORD 59 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Yogi Ferrell scored a

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans make a statement

In the night’s top matchup, Michigan State ran out to an early 10-0 lead against a young Kentucky team and did just enough the rest of the way to pick up a very big win. It was a tale of two halves, as the Spartans made the Wildcats look slow and disorganized over the first 20 minutes. Wish I could say MSU's fastbreaking wing attack from '05 is back, but really UK just terrible at getting back on defense. — Josh and Mike (@bigtengeeks) November 13, 2013 Defensively, Michigan State’s man-to-man defense was severely packed in, making it look almost

What a night! Catch up on Big Ten hoops action

Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post. INDIANA 73, LIU-BROOKLYN 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Will Sheehey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left to lead Indiana past pesky LIU-Brooklyn 73-72 on Tuesday. Indiana (2-0) continued its home mastery against non-conference foes barely

Ten Big Ten stars listed on Wooden preseason top 50

The Big Ten placed a nation’s best 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, released Tuesday. Michigan State led the way with three players (Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne), while Michigan (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III) and Ohio State (Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross) also made the list. A freshman made the cut, too. See all the representatives in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks 2013-14 Season Preview Part I | Part II ] INDIANA Noah Vonleh, Fr., F/C INSTANT REPLAY: @IndianaMBB's Noah Vonleh grabs board, takes it length of court

Big Ten hands out first men's hoops weekly honors

The Big Ten office released its first Players of the Week for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season Monday. The honorees include a pair of first-time winners, including Nebraska sophomore Shavon Shields, who put 28 points in an easy win over Florida Gulf Coast. Player of the Week: Shavon Shields, Nebraska, G – So. – 6-7  Scored a game-high 28 points in Nebraska’s 79-55 season-opening win over 2013 Sweet 16 participant Florida Gulf Coast Shot 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from the field and was 12-for-12 from the free throw line Pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists against zero turnovers

Watch Friday night Big Ten hoops highlights

Nine Big Ten men’s basketball teams opened their 2013-14 seasons Friday night, including No. 2 Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan, and every team emerged victorious. Watch all of the top highlights and get scores, stats and recaps for all of the games in this post. Illinois 80, Alabama State 63 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in his debut to lead Illinois to a season-opening 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday. Rice is a Champaign native but spent two seasons at Drake before transferring to Illinois (1-0). INSTANT