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Big Ten Geeks: Surprises and Disappointments

Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the

Big Ten Geeks: Damaging Loss in the Barn

Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket. All told, the Illini held Minnesota to its lowest output of the season, and a big night from freshman Kendrick Nunn (19 points, 5-for-7 from three) was enough to carry the offense. Nnanna

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Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now

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Iowa basketball fans to do inaugural card stunt Saturday

The Iowa basketball team sent out a release Wednesday morning asking fans who are attending Saturday’s game vs. Wisconsin to wear gold and be in their seats by 10:45 a.m. CT, 15 minutes before tip. The reason: Iowa will instruct fans on how to do Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s inaugural card stunt. The bar is set high at Iowa. After all, who can forget the card stunt the Iowa football fans pulled off in 2011 during a game vs. Northwestern? Watch that card stunt in the video above. With something like this in store, plus Wisconsin being in town, expect Carver-Hawkeye to

Big Ten Geeks: Checking in on the Freshmen

We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out. The following table lists the conference-only numbers for every Big Ten freshman that is playing regular minutes (Minute Percentage > 30), is consuming at least a few possessions (Possession Percentage >14), and is at least somewhat efficient (Offensive Rating >96). These are the youngsters that are truly contributing as first-year players, and they are

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Video: Watch piece of metal fall at Assembly Hall

Tuesday’s Iowa-Indiana game was postponed due to a piece of metal that fell from the ceiling and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building. See a video of the metal falling and pictures of the damage in this post. [ MORE: AP: Falling metal forces Indiana to postpone Iowa game ] Video of falling metal beam at Assembly Hall from SC https://t.co/ir6Jefmjwe — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) February 18, 2014 PHOTO: A view of the damaged seats at Assembly Hall. Can confirm game is postponed. #iubb pic.twitter.com/HgajY8Bhac — Jordan

Dienhart: The future of Big Ten hoops schedules

I long for the days when every Big Ten school played twice every season. It was a symmetrical schedule that crowned a true champ in a neat and tidy 18-game league schedule. The only thing missing was a bow on top. That balance got tossed out the window when Penn State joined the league. And Nebraska’s arrival added to the imbalance to where Big Ten schools now play just seven teams twice and four others once. As you can imagine, that can make for some unbalanced and unfair schedules in the pursuit of a conference title. Now, with Rutgers and

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Ranking the games: No surprise at No. 1 this week

The spotlight this week swings on Ann Arbor, where Michigan will play host to Michigan State in a battle between Big Ten front-runners this weekend. Each squad is 10-3 in league action. Wisconsin and Iowa are right behind the Wolverines and Spartans. And, ironically, the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet in a big game in Iowa City this week. Here’s a look at the 10 games this week. [ MORE: Dienhart: The best of the week ahead ] 1. Michigan State at Michigan, Sun., Feb. 23. This is it, the game we’ve all been waiting for. The rivals are tied atop

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Dienhart: Iowa eyes first Big Ten crown since 1979

B.J. Armstrong never did it. Neither did Acie Earl, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Ryan Bowen, Kevin Gamble or Andre Woolridge, among other former Iowa greats over the last 35 years. Not one of those studs won a Big Ten regular-season championship. In fact, no Iowa player has won a Big Ten regular-season crown since 1978-79, when the Hawkeyes were tri-champs with Purdue and Michigan State. The 1979-80 Hawkeyes didn’t win the Big Ten but did advance to the Final Foul, fueled by the great Ronnie Lester. Since then, big-time success has been elusive. Listen to coach

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