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This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes.
Cody Zeller isn’t your typical big man. The Indiana sophomore runs the floor as well as anyone, almost regardless of height, and he can handle the ball, too. He showed the latter skill on a highlight-reel dunk in Saturday’s win over No. 10 Minnesota. And this one looked like a play a wing would make, as Zeller, from beyond the arc, penetrated and hammered it home. He even took a seat against the basket support after the poke. Watch the highlight now.
Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers, helping No. 5 Indiana hold off No. 10 Minnesota’s late charge for an 88-81 victory Saturday. The Hoosiers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) have won six straight overall and 18 in a row at Assembly Hall.
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On Wednesday, Minnesota made a statement, beating Illinois by 17 points in Champaign. This was a strange one, as the Illini actually negated the Gophers’ huge on-paper advantage on the glass. Instead, it was a big discrepancy in shooting accuracy that told the story. Minnesota, normally a mediocre outside shooting team, hit nine of 15 from behind the arc, while Illinois made just three of its 24 three-point attempts. The Gopher defense certainly had a lot to do with the Illini’s struggles–there just weren’t all that many open looks–but it was also just one of those nights (see Andre Hollins’ banked-in three from nearly midcourt to beat the shot clock).
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It’s a big weekend of Big Ten basketball on BTN/BTN2Go, including No. 10 Minnesota visiting No. 5 Indiana on Saturday. Throughout all the action, we’ll provide our usual in-game online coverage with quick video highlights where BTN.com is spotting great plays during BTN games, then posting them as fast as possible right here on BTN.com, Facebook and Twitter.
BTN will be live from Bloomington this Saturday for a one-hour pregame show at 11 a.m. ET leading up to a Big Ten battle between No. 10 Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana at noon. BTN’s Dave Revsine and analyst Shon Morris will lead the show from courtside at Indiana’s Assembly Hall, then Gus Johnson and analyst Jim Jackson will call the game.