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Traevon Jackson

Ranking starting lineups for every Big Ten team

We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss. So, what do all of these teams have in common outside of impressive win-loss records? Exceptional starting lineups. This list ranks all 12 starting fives in the Big Ten, counting down from 12-to-1. [ MORE: Bardo: Most surprising players in the

Gary Harris

Saturday hoops reacap: MSU stays perfect in Big Ten

There was doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops today on BTN/BTN2Go. Indiana rallied past Penn State, 79-76 in the first game of the day, while Michigan State won a 87-75 overtime thriller over Minnesota in the second game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half

Nik Stauskas

B1G Hoops: Who would you pick to take the last shot?

OK, Big Ten Nation: If you could pick one player to take a last-second shot, who would it be? I polled seven Big Ten writers. And, here were their choices. Looks like the guy to pass to is … Michigan’s Nik Stauskas. Take a look at the results. [ MORE: Bardo: My Top 5 Big Ten long-range shooters ] Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Michigan’s Nik Stauskas Dustin Dopirak, Bloomington Times Herald: I go with Nik Stauskas right now. Gary Harris my second choice. Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal: I would take Appling with the ball on the drive, based on resume

Nigel Hayes

Week in review: Badgers continue to impress

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my weekly 3-pointers, which is my own look back and forward in the world of Big Ten hoops. What do we mean “wild?” Did you not see this shot, this ejection, and this OT thriller? Here’s what we cover on this Friday: Three teams on the rise, three teams sinking, and three things I learned this week. We also cover my three most impressive wins from the past seven days and the three biggest games coming up in the next week. Let’s do this. Three Stocks to Buy Minnesota. How ‘bout those

Roy Devyn Marble

Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a

journey2014

BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. “Once again, the Big Ten Conference features some of the top teams in the nation,” said BTN Originals Coordinating Producer Bill Friedman “and The Journey will have our cameras rolling to capture the most compelling stories and to take the viewer courtside and into the locker

Tom Izzo

Big Ten Geeks: Spartan Shooting

In the first epic clash of the conference season, Michigan State held serve at home against a relentless Ohio State team. Does this give the Spartans the inside track on the Big Ten title? Let’s dive in. In a lot of ways, this was a tough game to figure. MSU fans can point to the fact that their team led nearly the entire game, and that Michigan State’s ability to build a 17-point lead over the first 31:58 of game time is indicative of who is the better team. FIRST 31:58 OF REGULATION Points Possessions Efficiency Ohio State 38 51

Keith Appling

No. 5 Michigan State holds off No. 3 Ohio State in OT

(AP) Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Ohio State entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I. MICHIGAN STATE 72, OHIO STATE 68 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY [ MORE: Video: Izzone breaks

Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne rises for back-to-back putbacks

Michigan State’s Adreian Payne didn’t start and it wasn’t a guarantee he would play Tuesday night vs. No. 3 Ohio State due to a sprained right foot. This just in: Payne looked good! The star senior soared for back-to-back putbacks in the second half of the fifth-ranked Spartans’ 72-68 overtime win over previously undefeated Ohio State. Watch the sequence in this post. [ MORE: The Izzone breaks out “Yes!” dance vs. Ohio State ] INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: What foot sprain?! @MSU_Basketball's Adreian Payne looks great to us! WATCH – http://t.co/08wqZ7CnSi — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) January 8, 2014 Presented by

Travis Jackson

Video: Izzone busts out 'Yes!' chant vs. Ohio State

WWE’s Daniel Bryan and Michigan State center Travis Jackson must have loved the chant the Izzone did multiple times in Tuesday night’s overtime win over No. 3 Ohio State. During Ohio State free throws and whenever it felt like it, really, the entire student section busted out the wrestler’s “Yes!” chant, the same one Jackson did to celebrate a touchdown vs. Michigan. Watch it this post. [ MORE: Watch Adreian Payne rise for back-to-back putbacks ] ICYMI: @ThisistheIZZONE did @WWEDanielBryan's "Yes" dance during a #Buckeyes FT, and it was fantastic. WATCH – http://t.co/cn7iIoQpVf — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) January