Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and No. 1 Michigan was nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night en route to a 68-46 victory over Northwestern. The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.
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Entering Wednesday’s game, Michigan sharpshooter Nik Stauskas had made just 7 of his last 22 3-pointers (32 percent). That’s not a huge slump for many shooters across the country, but Stauskas drained 57 percent of his triples during the nonconference season.
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In a matchup of the Big Ten’s two best defenses, it was Ohio State that prevailed with a nine-point home victory over Wisconsin. Both of these teams rely on good old fashioned B1G defense: make you miss (without fouling), then secure the carom. Turnovers are optional.
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It’s all coming together for Tim Hardaway Jr., during his junior season at Michigan. He’s enjoying the best season of his Wolverine tenure—and Michigan is ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1992-93 as it tries to win the school’s first national title since Glen Rice led the school to the Promised Land in 1988-89.
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No. 1 Michigan took down Northwestern (recap) and No. 3 Indiana blew out rival Purdue (recap) in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. As we do for every Super Wednesday, we live blogged throughout the action. Catch up on what BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks said right here.
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It’s that time of the week, time to look at the mock brackets. And the Big Ten remains well-represented with seven teams in each of the mock brackets that I check each week. The only conference with more bids is the Big East, which has eight or nine tourney teams—depending on the bracket you check.
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If there’s any subject that’s sure to get a good college basketball debate going, it’s defense. It’s easy to see why—we don’t have very good ways of measuring defense. At the individual level, we have steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds. And some people don’t believe that last one is actually “defense:”
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