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Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

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The Dunks of Jamuary 2014

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.

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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.

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

Keith Appling

Keith Appling 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.”

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

Denzel Valentine

Michigan State at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

(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.

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Yarina: State of Big Ten hoops address

Terran Petteway

Terran Petteway Brings Down the House with the Slam

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.

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

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

B1G Rewind - Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

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.

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