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Adreian Payne

B1G nonconference thoughts in 140 characters or less

The Big Ten went 5-1 on Saturday to close out the nonconference season with a bang. There were plenty of memorable moments early on this year, so how do we go about summing up 12 teams and 153 total nonconference games? Simple — We follow the rules of twitter. Here is a summary of every Big Ten teams’ nonconference performances in 140 characters or less. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Ohio State (13-0): Great defense and better than expected on offense. Craft has been terrific. Consistent play down low makes this a championship-caliber

Frank Kaminsky

Saturday hoops roundup: Badgers stay unbeaten

The Big Ten closed out the nonconference season with a 5-1 record on Saturday, highlighted by Wisconsin’s 80-43 win over Prairie View A&M. With the victory, the Badgers finished the nonconference slate with a perfect 13-0 record. Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan and Minnesota all posted impressive wins, while Nebraska had the only loss of the day. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 74, UIC 60 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Rayvonte Rice led a furious second-half comeback on Saturday, scoring 28 points as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60. Trailing

Nik Stauskas

Ranking Big Ten hoops matchups this weekend

The new year is fast approaching, which means that Big Ten play is just around the corner. A total of six Big Ten teams will hit the hardwood on Saturday, highlighted by a quadruple-header of hoops in store on BTN. Illinois and UIC will tip off the action at 2 p.m. ET, followed by New Orleans at Michigan State (4:15 p.m.), Holy Cross at Michigan (6:30 p.m.) and Texas A&M-CC at Minnesota closing out the action at 8:30 p.m. All four games will also be available on BTN2Go. The other two matchups on Saturday include Nebraska at Cincinnati at noon

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McGary out indefinitely, will have surgery

Michigan will be without preseason All-American Mitch McGary after head coach John Beilein announced today that the sophomore forward has elected to have a surgery performed on his lower back. This is a huge loss for the Wolverines with the Big Ten season set to get underway next week. Here is the full statement from Beilein: “We want Mitch to be 100 percent healthy again. He has worked very hard over the last few months and during his earlier rehab. He was making progress in practice and games; however, lately he began to experience the same pain he had when

Big Ten Geeks: Getting Defensive

We sit mere days away from Big Ten play, so it seems a proper time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the conference’s defenses. Possibly the best way to do that is through detailed shot data. The best defenses will limit open threes and shots at the rim while forcing opponents to take low value two-point jumpers. Courtesy of Hoop-Math, the following table contains defensive shot data for the teams in the Big Ten, sorted from fewest shots allowed at the rim to most shots allowed at the rim. Team % Shots At Rim % Shots 2pt Jumpers %

BTN LiveBIG: Merritt leading from hoops to fashion

David Merritt knows a little bit about hard work paying off. In 2006, he tried out for Michigan’s basketball team and was awarded a walk-on spot. Two years later, he earned a scholarship, was named a co-captain and Academic All-Big Ten while helping Michigan to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in 2008, Merritt decided to dedicate his career to working hard for underserved youth through his company, Merit. Merit is a cause design company that sells fashionable and quality clothing and donates 20 percent of all sales to underprivileged youth. “We’re a

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a great shot of Michigan State’s Rose Bowl lounge. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: Cruising The World arcade edition and Big Ten football. Top that! A: RT @Beau_Allen: @THEbolstad @BadgerFootball c'mon now… #Badgers — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) December 26, 2013 Our take: Beau Allen’s new hairdo? You be the judge. Giant

Frank Kaminsky

Yarina: My All-Big Ten Most Improved Team

With the nonconference season almost behind us and the conference season just a week away, it’s a good time to consider the Big Ten’s most improved players. There’s plenty of players to choose from, that’s for sure. See who made the cut for my all-improved team in this post. Editor’s note: This list only considers players who played in the Big Ten last year, meaning the Rayvonte Rices and Terran Petteways of the world aren’t eligible. G: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. A season ago, Ferrell was a true freshman distributor who took a back seat to Indiana’s four 1,000-point scorers. He

Lenzelle Smith Jr.

Big Ten Geeks: Illinois, Ohio State win thrillers

The headliner to the Big Ten’s wild weekend was Ohio State’s improbable comeback over Notre Dame. The Irish held an 8-point lead with under a minute to play, but OSU’s frenzied press led to four Notre Dame turnovers, which fueled a 14-3 Buckeye run. It was an unreal comeback, so hopefully you saw it, and weren’t like, trying to get a toddler to go to sleep. That would have been unfortunate. Wow! @OhioStateHoops goes on a 14-3 run over the last 48 seconds and gets the win. This guy was incredible tonight. — Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) December 22, 2013

LaQuinton Ross & Aaraon Craft

Saturday hoops roundup: Big Ten goes perfect 5-0

There were five Big Ten hoops games on Saturday and the Big Ten made a huge statement, going a perfect 5-0 on the day. No. 5 Michigan State took down Texas in Austin, Illinois sent Missouri to its first loss, and No. 2 Ohio State made an incredible comeback to drop Notre Dame. Nebraska followed with a blowout win over The Citadel, while Michigan closed out the evening with an impressive victory over Stanford. Catch up on all the day’s scores and stats in this post. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 65, MISSOURI 64 |