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Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

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Burke Dunks in Final Seconds Against Razorbacks

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Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15.

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White scores 18 as Iowa downs Iowa State

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery reacts on sidelines during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa State at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Aaron White had 18 points to lead Iowa past rival Iowa State 80-71 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Cyclones. Freshman point guard Anthony Clemmons added a season-high 14 points and eight assists for the Hawkeyes (8-2), who also beat Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg for the first time in three tries.

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Big Ten Geeks: Four weeks in & what do we know?

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) leans back after dunking the ball as his team plays Cornell Big Red at the Kohl Center. The basket did not count. Wisconsin defeated Cornell 73-40. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Jared Berggren Rebound Dunk

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With the volume of competitive games slowing considerably this week, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the first four weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season.

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Full slate of hoops action on BTN/BTN2Go

Adreian Payne

Michigan State Halftime Locker Room Access

Basketball roars ahead on the BTN as we air five men’s games Saturday beginning with a noon ET tip off between No. 7 Ohio State and Long Beach State. At 2 p.m. ET, No. 17 Michigan State hosts Loyola, then Penn State hosts Army at 4 p.m.

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Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern wins in Waco

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It’s been a bit of a quiet week for Big Ten basketball, with most teams facing tune-up games against over-matched opponents. Let’s take a quick look at the games that weren’t complete blowouts.

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White sends Iowa to 87-63 win over South Dakota

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Zach McCabe (15) and Virginia Tech Hokies forward C.J. Barksdale (42) fight for a rebound during the second half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Roy Devyn Marble Two-Handed Flush

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Aaron White scored 21 points to lead Iowa to an 87-63 win over South Dakota on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Adam Woodbury was 5-of-6 from the floor and chipped in 10 points for Iowa (7-2), which also got double-digit efforts from Devyn Marble (14) and Mike Gesell (12).

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