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Rayvonte Rice

B1G Hoops: Iowa snaps 15-year skid at Illinois

There were four outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday. Ohio State and Northwestern kicked off the action with one point wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota, respectively. No. 6 Michigan State fell to Georgetown, 64-60, while Iowa capped off the evening with a thrilling 81-74 victory over Illinois. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] IOWA 81, ILLINOIS 74 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Gabriel Olaseni had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa overcame Illinois’ furious comeback to pull out

Gary Harris

Harris, Irvin featured on Saturday's 'Journey'

This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see why the Michigan-Michigan State game took on a special meaning for longtime friends Gary Harris of the Spartans and Zak Irvin of the Wolverines. The new episode debuts Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET right after the Iowa-Illinois game on BTN/BTN2Go (full schedule here). Also this week, learn how Ohio State guard Aaron Craft and his sister Cait help each other in the game of basketball. Plus, find out how Aaron White, lightly recruited out of high school, has helped put Iowa basketball back on the national map. We’ll also

Keith Appling

Review & Preview: Every game is a Big Ten adventure

OK, are you as confused as I am? This week of upsets has turned the conference on its side and trashed most everything I thought I knew about the Big Ten. Penn State wins at Ohio State, Northwestern prevails at Wisconsin, and Nebraska dumps Indiana. And the Big Ten standings speak to that. But, hey, Michigan just keeps on winning. So, there’s a constant. Michigan State, too. Otherwise, hang on and buckle up for what could be wild February. Who will be the next upset victim? THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Michigan State. Just when it looked like injuries to

Big Ten Geeks: What Just Happened?

KenPom’s game probabilities gave Northwestern just a five percent chance of winning at Wisconsin, and it didn’t like Penn State’s chances of winning at Ohio State much better (nine percent). In one of the unlikeliest nights of Big Ten basketball you’ll ever see, both road underdogs pulled the upset, an outcome that had a combined probability of less than half a percent. How did this happen? Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria! For Penn State, the key was furious finish in which it scored 16 points on the final eight possessions of regulation. The Buckeyes had held a 10-point

Midway Point Awards

Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season. And I have some questions—and answers–as we start to head down the backstretch. So, let’s hand it off to the Big Ten Answer Man. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten basketball standings ] Q: What are the best games in the second half of the season? A: Oh, there are several

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Will

Michigan State pulled out an impressive overtime win at Iowa despite the continued absence of Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. The gritty win was all about defense for the Spartans, as they held one of the nation’s top offenses to 1.01 points per trip at home. Iowa posted a lowly 40.6 effective field goal percentage, and it was entirely due to poor jump-shooting (data courtesy of Hoop-Math). IOWA % of Shots FG% At Rim 31.2 66.7 2pt Jumpers 43.8 23.8 3pt Shots 25.0 25.0 The Hawkeyes’ refusal to shoot the three can sometimes hold this offense back, and this was

Keith Appling

Travel or no travel on Keith Appling's drive for layup?

If you ever wondered if a player could pick up his dribble from outside the 3-point arc and get to the hoop for a layup without being called for traveling, he can. Keith Appling did it in Tuesday night’s overtime win at Iowa, and the no-call didn’t sit well with Iowa fans or Fran McCaffery; in fact, McCaffery was hit with a technical foul. ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said this about the play: “It’s hard to believe, but I think that would have been a walk in the NBA.” Let’s just say, Appling covered a lot of ground without a

Denzel Valentine

No. 6 Michigan State holds off No. 12 Iowa in OT

(AP) Keith Appling scored 16 points and No. 6 Michigan State outlasted No. 12 Iowa 71-69 in overtime Tuesday night, handing the Hawkeyes their first home loss of the season. Matt Costello had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who avoided consecutive defeats despite missing injured starters Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN STATE 71, IOWA 69 – OT | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Great hustle leads to Matt Costello dunk and @MSU_Basketball taking the lead. WATCH – http://t.co/ozR7xunRX4

Terran Petteway

Yarina: State of Big Ten hoops address

President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union Address tonight. That being the case, I thought I’d do something super-cheesy and address the state of each Big Ten men’s basketball team. See my take on all 12 teams in this post. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Editor’s note: Team records are through January 27 action. ILLINOIS (2-6) It’s hard to be successful when the shots aren’t falling, and the Illini can’t be accused of torching any nets across the Big Ten. How bad has it gotten? Illinois shoots 36.2 percent in

Mar 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble (4) dives on a loose ball ahead of Michigan State Spartans guard Travis Trice in the first half during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Ranking the Games: Michigan State at Iowa, and then....

The best Big Ten game this week is the first one, tonight in Iowa City when Michigan State visits Iowa. Each team is looking for a win to keep pace with Big Ten leader Michigan. The Wolverines beat each team last week, adding to the sense of urgency for both clubs. Here is my ranking of this week’s action. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Michigan State at Iowa, Tues., Jan. 28. This game has no peer this week. Each team lost to Michigan last week. So, a win is needed to keep