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Best nicknames in B1G basketball history

Yogi, Spike, Money Mike and Tacos — sounds like the names you’d find on a Harlem Globetrotters roster, as oppose to a Big Ten one. There are a ton of colorful and creative nicknames throughout the Big Ten conference this season. But how do they stack up to some of the top nicknames of all time in Big Ten basketball history? The best of the best nicknames have true meaning and serve as clever descriptions of a player’s skill-set and individual personality. We asked our twitter followers to share their favorite Big Ten nicknames with us, which helped us put

Photos: Big Ten hoops coaches wear suits and sneakers

In case you haven’t noticed by your Big Ten coach’s attire, it’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. See pictures of Big Ten coaches rocking the look in this post. [ MORE: Did you see Purdue’s cancer awareness shooting shirts? ] Illinois’ John Groce Coach Groce prepping for the pregame talk in his sneakers. #Illini #SuitsandSneakers @CoachesvsCancer pic.twitter.com/KUAlYKs591 — Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) January 26, 2014 Indiana’s Tom Crean and staff Tom Crean and #Hoosiers staff

Video: Nik Stauskas blows kiss to Spartans fans

Nik Stauskas and Michigan had plenty of reasons to celebrate following their rivalry win at No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday night. Not only did the decision hand Michigan State its first loss and give Michigan sole possession of first place, it marked the team’s third consecutive win over a top 10 team, with two of the wins coming on the road. So, how did Stauskas celebrate? By blowing a kiss to the Breslin Center crowd after the final buzzer. VIDEO: @umichbball drops #Spartans, and Nik Stauskas celebrates by blowing @MSU_Basketball fans a kiss. WATCH – http://t.co/fT9cAFlO0f — Michigan on

B1G hoops recap: Michigan takes over first place

The Big Ten’s final two unbeatens met Saturday night at the Breslin Center, and it was No. 21 Michigan upsetting No. 3 Michigan State to take over sole possession of first place. In other Big Ten action, No. 10 Iowa rolled past Northwestern and No. 9 Wisconsin took down Purdue. Catch up on all the action and the best highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN 80, MICHIGAN STATE 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19

Steve Smith's bold predictions for Michigan-Michigan St

When it comes to Big Ten basketball, there aren’t many who know the state of Michigan better than former MSU All-American Steve Smith. I caught up with Smith and asked him for three bold predictions leading up to tonight’s much-anticipated Michigan-Michigan State matchup. [ MORE: Ready for tonight? Michigan vs. Michigan State preview ] BTN.com: Who wins the scoring battle between Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris? Smith: I think Gary Harris. The reason why is because that 3-point shot of his. Both of those guys can shoot the basketball tremendously from a high level, but I think Michigan State has

Ready for tonight? Michigan vs. Michigan State preview

The last time Michigan visited Michigan State, it marked the first time the two programs played as top 10 teams. The Spartans rolled to a 75-52 victory in that one. Here’s to hoping Saturday night’s battle is more contested. After all, this one in the Breslin Center marks the Big Ten’s first meeting between teams with 6-0 conference records or better. Really. [ MORE: Michigan State to wear 1979 throwback Saturday night ] WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Series history All-time: Michigan, 95-76 In East Lansing: Michigan State, 47-36 Recently: Michigan State has won 20 of last 27 Winning streaks

Video: Check out this Michigan vs. Michigan State trailer

Saturday’s Michigan vs. Michigan State men’s basketball game is without question the biggest Big Ten hoops game of the year, up to this point. The Spartans (7-0, 18-1) and Wolverines (6-0, 14-4) are the only two remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten conference. With any game of this magnitude comes plenty of hype. Our friends over at Flying Deer Films released the following video trailer today, previewing tomorrow’s huge Big Ten matchup. Enjoy!

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 photo of Penn State fans photobombing ESPN announcers at last nights Penn State-Nebraska men’s hoops game. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Penn State Basketball pic.twitter.com/aBDPPRIy6n — Dan (@sharpalright) January 24, 2014 Our take: Penn State fans get in on the “Free Bieber” madness. ESPN College Gameday before today's @MSU_Basketball practice. #GoGreenWearWhite @ESPNCBB @ESPN_ReceDavis

Big Ten Geeks: Is Nik Stauskas the Big Ten POY?

Michigan’s offense continued its surge into the nation’s elite in an impressive win over Iowa. In true Beilein-ball fashion, it was a high conversion rate on twos and a low turnover rate that propelled the Wolverines. Nik Stauskas is making a case for Big Ten player of the year, and he continues to show that he is #notjustashooter: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: What was better here, @umichbball fans: Nik Stauskas' crossover? Or the dime? WATCH – http://t.co/VHl3YsbtSH — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) January 23, 2014 There are still plenty of conference games to be played, but Stauskas currently has the most impressive

#BTNLive asks: Who had the most impressive win?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Who had the more impressive win Wednesday? Two answers: #BTNMichigan or #BTNMinnesota. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: No. 25 Michigan over No. 10 Iowa – #BTNMichigan Minnesota over No. 8 Wisconsin – #BTNMinnesota