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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
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No. 8 Michigan State drops Nebraska, 73-64

Keith Appling scored 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds in eighth-ranked Michigan State’s 73-64 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The win allowed Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers (12-14, 3-10), who have lost seven straight against opponents ranked in the top 10, never led but were within a point with 14 minutes left. The Spartans put away their fifth straight win with a 20-6 run. Dylan Talley scored 19 of his career-high 28 points in

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All signs point to No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Michigan State

There were many winners this week in the Big Ten. But none were bigger than Indiana and Michigan State, which notched impressive victories that solidified their place atop the standings. And, it sets up what should be a huge game on Tuesday, when the Hoosiers visit the Spartans in this week’s version of the “Game of the Year.” Let’s take a look back and forward in the Big Ten. Indiana’s Leaders Points: C. Zeller 16.5 Rebounds: C. Zeller 8.2 Assists: K. Ferrell 4.3 FG%: V. Oladipo 64.4% FT%: C. Watford 83.6% 3P%: C. Watford 48.8% Steals: V. Oladipo 2.4 Blocks:

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Next 'Journey': MSU's Harris, Maize Rage & Brust

This week’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” debuts at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday right after the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. This week’s episode will include a look at Michigan State freshman guard Gary Harris, who returns to his home state of Indiana for his first game at Mackey Arena. Did you know Harris’s mother, Joy Holmes, once starred for the Boilermakers? The crew also goes behind the scenes with Michigan’s Maize Rage student section they prepare for a bus trip to East Lansing and the showdown with the Spartans. Also featured is Wisconsin’s

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Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State cruises

In the first 2013 installment of an intense rivalry, Michigan State humiliated Michigan by 23 points, a margin that belies how truly dominant Tom Izzo’s team was. The lead touched 31 points before garbage time began, and Michigan’s deep reserves made a run to bring the margin down at the final buzzer. This was something of a bizarro game, as the turnover-prone Spartans took exquisite care of the ball, while the Wolverines threw the ball all over the court. That, along with a dreadful one for 11 shooting night from Tim Hardaway Jr., was enough to limit Michigan to its worst

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BTN Connect 2.0: Follow tonight's games with it

On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season.  Nebraska plays at Indiana at 7 p.m. ET while Purdue plays at Illinois at 9 p.m. It all starts with our “Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 6:30 p.m. How do you use BTN Connect? It’s simple. Just click over to there now and poke around. We have pages for each school and the topics that are trending for each

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No. 8 Michigan State throttles No. 4 Michigan

Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry’s first matchup of top 10 teams. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana. The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and Wisconsin were nothing like the latest. [ RELATED: Izzone wears “You Off” shirts for Michigan game ] Michigan State didn’t trail once, led by as many as 16 points in

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU helping soldiers, scholars

BTN’s series BTN LiveBIG continues Saturday following the Michigan State vs. Nebraska men’s basketball game, with stories highlighting how the Spartan community is making an impact in East Lansing and around the world, including a program to support Michigan National Guard veterans returning home from combat. The program will air at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday. Two projects that help assist Michigan National Guard veterans transition back into civilian life will be highlighted in the episode.  With around 19,000 service members from the Michigan National Guard having served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many deal with the challenges of post-traumatic stress, depression and

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Today's links: All eyes on Battle of Michigan

In case you live under a rock, I am here to tell you that there’s a big, big game tonight, with No. 4 Michigan playing at No. 8 Michigan State. So, work rules dictate that I start daily links there. Spartans coach Tom Izzo is worried about Wolverine point man Trey Burke. What coach wouldn’t be? Izzo thinks Burke controls the game better than any Big Ten player in a long, long, time. Izzo also thinks the rise of Michigan is a good thing for his Spartans program. Really. He means it and said so with a straight face. Have a

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Power Rankings: Hot again, Illinois moves on up

It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (21-3, 9-2) – The most amazing part

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No. 8 Michigan State drops Purdue, moves into first place

Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading No. 12 Michigan State past Purdue 78-65 on Saturday night. The Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won three straight, nine of their last 10, four of their last five on the road in conference play and will retain at least a share of the league lead – regardless of what happens Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State. [ RELATED: Did you see Michigan State assistant’s Dwayne Stephens’ suit? ] Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with