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Power Rankings: Penn State breaks out of cellar

It’s been a long time coming, and with Penn State’s upset of then-No. 4 Michigan, coupled with Northwestern’s continued struggles, the Nittany Lions have broken out of the cellar in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (25-4, 13-3) – Yogi Ferrell exploded for a career-high 19 points and added five assists in Saturday’s win over

Big Ten Geeks: Bricks, a whole lot of bricks

It was a terrible shooting weekend for the title contenders. Collectively, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan were 14 for 76 from three this weekend. Two of those teams nonetheless found a way to win. Thanks to Trey Burke’s rip of Keith Appling in the final minute of play, Michigan was able to defend its home court against the Spartans. Although this was a hard fought game, neither team played particularly well on the offensive end. Michigan missed all 12 of its three-point attempts, while Michigan State managed to make just 41 percent of its two-pointers. Credit the defense if

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean: Listen to Coach McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody: Listen to Penn State Assistant Coach Brian Daly: Listen to Coach Painter: Listen to Coach Izzo: Listen to Coach Ryan: Listen to Coach

Michigan gets revenge, nips Michigan State

Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, then made another steal in the final seconds to give No. 4 Michigan a pulsating 58-57 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday. The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off at 56-all, but Burke’s first big defensive play enabled Michigan (24-5, 11-5) to take the lead. After Derrick Nix made one of two free throws and Mitch McGary missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Michigan, Burke stole a pass

Michigan to wear "Bleed Out" uniform Sunday

Get your sunglasses ready, Big Ten basketball fans. Michigan will rock its neon yellow/highlighter adidas “Bleed Out” uniform Sunday vs. Michigan State. The Wolverines debuted the new uniform last month in an overtime victory over rival Ohio State, and the reviews weren’t exactly glowing. Perhaps the critics will like the uniform better the second time around? Probably not. Regardless, it’s getting to the point that Michigan fans need to tune in before every game to keep tabs on what uniform their team will be wearing. Not only have the Wolverines worn their traditional white (home), blue (away) and maize (alternate)

Big Ten Geeks: Penn State springs the upset of the season

With 10:39 to play in the Bryce Jordan Center, Michigan’s Jon Horford finished an easy dunk off an inbounds play to put Penn State down 15 points. At that very moment, KenPom’s win probability gave the Wolverines a 99.3 percent chance of leaving town with the victory. In other words, given the time, score, and team qualities, you’d expect a game replayed 150 times from that exact situation to end with Michigan losing only once. Then Jermaine Marshall happened. The 6-4 junior took over the game, scoring 16 points the rest of the way to spearhead an incredible offensive finish

BTN to go inside NCAA tourney selection process

Greg Shaheen, who ran the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for 12 years, will join BTN host Mike Hall to take fans inside the tournament selection process, from who’s in the room to where the top seeds are headed and why, to how Big Ten teams stack up in 2013. The 60-minute special, Inside the Selection Process, airs at 9 p.m. ET Monday. Shaheen, former NCAA executive vice president of Championships and Alliances, is credited with having a significant impact on the tournament’s success. He’ll talk about such things as how the committee is assembled, how it handles multiple teams from one conference, and

Clothes Call: Short-sleeve jerseys coming to NCAA

When adidas, the official outfitter of the NBA, recently put the Golden State Warriors in a short-sleeve jersey, one knew it was only a matter of time before the company brought the design to the college game. According to SportsBusinessDaily.com, that time is the NCAA tournament. Adidas, the site reports, will have a “handful” of teams rocking the short-sleeve jersey next month. The teams have yet to be announced. Will a Big Ten team be included? Adidas outfits four Big Ten teams, three of which are sure to make the tournament – Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Nebraska is the other,

B1G 1: PSU tops No. 4 Michigan for first Big Ten win

Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and Penn State upset No. 4 Michigan 84-78 on Wednesday night for its first Big Ten win of the season. The Nittany Lions (9-18, 1-14) had lost 18 straight regular-season conference games dating to last season, but they roared back from a 15-point deficit with 10:39 left behind the energetic play of Marshall. The junior guard scored 19 in the second half, including four 3s that whipped Jordan Center fans into a frenzy. D.J. Newbill added 17 points for Penn State, which hit a season-high 10 3-pointers. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES |

Did You See This? GRIII adds to highlight reel

It didn’t take long for Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III to make an impact in Wednesday’s loss at Penn State. Just more than one minute in, the freshman drove and exploded for a powerful one-handed flush over Ross Travis. As if the dunk wasn’t good enough on its own, Robinson III punctuated it with a little flare at the end – even if it was accidental. Watch the dunk now, and pay close attention to the end as the ball caroms off Robinson III’s head. [ RELATED: Want to embed a BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] Robinson III wasn’t the only