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Big Ten Geeks: The ACC Strikes Back

In a bit of a surprise, the ACC took four of six games last night to clinch a tie in this year’s Challenge. Let’s look at how they did it. Ohio State played an excellent first half at Cameron Indoor, but the Buckeyes’ defense let them down after the break as Duke pulled away. The change in Duke’s efficiency was startling: First Half Efficiency Second Half Efficiency Ohio State 1.04 1.03 Duke 0.77 1.39 This scalding second half can be explained with a basic stat: the Blue Devils made eight dunks or layups in the second half, after making only

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosier fans cheer during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results. The night’s marquee game was Indiana vs. North Carolina, and the nation’s number one team did not disappoint. The Hoosiers were  a double-digit favorite, so the fact that they won was not a surprise, but the manner in which they won was mighty impressive. For much of the first half, it was a back-and-forth game, with neither team really playing their best. Indiana closed the half on a run to take a

November 27, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) drives to the basket on North Carolina State Wolfpack forward Scott Wood (15) in the first half at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Burke sends No. 3 Michigan past No. 18 NC State

Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 victory Tuesday night. Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines (6-0) with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16, but it was Burke who controlled the game, equaling his previous career high of nine assists in the first half and going the whole game without a turnover. N.C. State (4-2) trailed 73-58 before going on a 10-0 run capped by T.J. Warren’s layup with 2:11 remaining. Hardaway answered with a driving bank shot. It

Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview, Part Two

Back to our season preview. Part one can be found here. We left off with the question of whether Matt Painter is in for a rebuilding year at Purdue. Josh: I think Painter’s proven to be a master at squeezing everything he can from the roster, but there’s just not enough Big Ten-ready talent this year in West Lafayette. They’re still playing hard on defense (Jacob Lawson, in particular, is proving to be a very capable defender), but the offense is a mess. The backcourt can’t make a shot, and the team is relying on freshman Ronnie Johnson to run

Big Ten Geeks: What's up with Wisconsin?

In the wake of Wisconsin’s lopsided loss at the hands of Florida, I urged caution. It was early. Florida is really good, and they were playing at home. Surely, it wouldn’t be long before Bo Ryan had his team playing well enough to put any fears about the Badgers missing the NCAA Tournament to rest. But after Wisconsin lost to Creighton, and had to rely on a second-half comeback to beat a mediocre Arkansas team, I wouldn’t begrudge anyone in Madison for doing a bit of hand-wringing. If you wanted to go by resume-building, Creighton was an excellent chance to

Hardaway leads Michigan to Preseason NIT title

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan to the Preseason NIT title Friday with a 71-57 win over Kansas State at Madison Square Garden in New York. Michigan (5-0) was able to carry momentum into the break and sustain it to start the second half. Leading 27-24 late in the first, the Wolverines used a 24-6 spurt to open their cushion to 21 points midway through the second half. Michigan hit 53 percent of its field goals (29-of-55). The Wolverines also got solid contributions from Nik Stauskas and Trey Burke, who each

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Hoops roundup: Illinois wins Maui Invitational

Before Thanksgiving arrived, it was time for some Big Ten men’s basketball. There were a handful of games Wednesday night, including perfect Illinois toppling Butler to claim the Maui Invitational title. Catch up on all the action, get recaps and watch select in-game highlights in this post. Use these links to track the action: [ SCORES | BTN CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | PHOTOS | WATCH B1G DUNKS ] ILLINOIS 78, BUTLER 61: BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Rotnei Clarke scored 27 points for Butler, but it was not enough as Illinois recorded a 78-61 victory Wednesday to win the

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana can shoot the ball

Thanksgiving week has thus far been kind to the Big Ten, with several squads in position to win their early season tournaments. Let’s hit some of the highlights. Indiana survived its first real test of the season, needing overtime to defeat Georgetown in Brooklyn. The Hoosiers probably should have wrapped up this game in regulation, but the Hoyas used an 8-1 run over the final 64 seconds to force overtime. In that stretch, Yogi Ferrell missed the front end of a one-and-one, then made only one of two on the next trip. Ferrell is now shooting 87 percent from the

Big Ten Geeks: Regarding Rutgers

Yesterday, it was Maryland. Today, it’s Rutgers. With today’s news, the Big Ten is primed to become a 14-team conference starting in 2014-15. While Big Ten basketball fans have at least some familiarity with Maryland’s hoops tradition, not much is known about these Scarlet Knights. Let’s take a look at what Rutgers brings to the conference from a hoops perspective. Clearly, not all (any?) conference expansions are driven by basketball. On the football side of things, the Scarlet Knights have been solid for some time and are currently 18th in the BCS standings. It’s not hard to see why the

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Big Ten Geeks: Regarding Maryland

With the news that Maryland will be joining the Big Ten in 2014, there are all sorts of implications to evaluate. Maintaining our narrow perspective of Big Ten basketball, let’s take a look at what the addition might mean strictly on the hardcourt. Maryland has a proud basketball tradition, with the pinnacle coming in the form of the 2002 national championship squad led by Juan Dixon. Otherwise, Maryland has made only one other Final Four (2001) and hasn’t reached the Sweet Sixteen since 2003. Even making the Big Dance has become a bit of a struggle for the Terrapins, who have