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Big Ten: average or great? We soon will find out

It seems every radio show I am on, I’m asked this question: Is the Big Ten the best league in America? Or, it is an average league with a lot of good teams? It’s a good question, and one that we soon will find out. The conference doesn’t appear to have an elite team. Michigan State was the closest thing to that template when the season dawned, but injuries have proven ruinous for the Spartans. Wisconsin has the fewest overall losses of any team with just five. But all five defeats have come in Big Ten play. Even worse, the

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan stands alone

Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week. The Wolverines obviously didn’t get the memo. Michigan had an historic night from three, knocking down 16 of 23 from

Ranking games: Teams pushing for tourney spots

The last week of Big Ten action is at our doorstep. Michigan is looking to wrap up the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak and make a push for a share of the crown, while Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois are looking to make pushes for the NCAA tourney. Here’s a look at each game this week. Use our scoreboards for a look at the daily Big Ten schedules, too. 1. Iowa at Michigan State, Thurs., March 6: Both of these teams are wheezing across the finish line. The Hawkeyes ended a three-game

Video: Watch our 'Inside the Selection Process' features

On Monday night, BTN aired “Inside the Selection Process” to give fans an inside look at how the Selection Committee sorts out the NCAA tournament. CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy and Greg Shaheen, the former NCAA executive VP for championships and alliances, joined the show to offer their expertise. Watch both of our features in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: A look at four Big Ten teams’ Big Dance dreams ] Palm and DeCourcy talk about Minnesota and Nebraska’s NCAA chances:

Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 48%, 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg. Stauskas put up a Stuaskas-like line of 21 points, three rebounds and four assists

Dienhart: Expect unexpected in final week

This is it, the last week of Big Ten action. And, that means one thing: Expect the unexpected. As for the title chase, there isn’t much drama left, as Michigan already has wrapped up at least a share of the championship. Other schools are looking to enhance their NCAA resumes. One story line to watch: Who will finish fourth, thus earning a first-round bye in the Big Ten tourney? Iowa and Nebraska are tied with a 9-7 mark, while Ohio State is 9-8. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Game of the week: Nebraska plays

Big Ten Geeks: It's a thin line this year

Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,

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 Patrick 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

B1G Recap: Indiana takes down No. 20 Ohio State

For the fourth time in as many tries, Indiana knocked off a ranked Big Ten team at Assembly Hall. This time, the Hoosiers dropped No. 20 Ohio State, 72-64. In other action, No. 19 Iowa held off Purdue, 83-76, and No. 14 Wisconsin took down Penn State, 71-66. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] INDIANA 72, OHIO STATE 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 on Sunday, leading Indiana past No.

Survey: Which Big Ten coach 'works' the refs the best?

“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Michigan fixes eyes on a Big Ten title ] Jeff Washburn, Boiler Sports Report/Scout.com: Bo Ryan is the most demonstrative and theatrical, but Tom Izzo seems to produce results that would make Perry Mason smile. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: