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Illinois tops Minnesota in double OT

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

Minnesota at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime Tuesday night and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed the 81-72 victory over Minnesota. Paul swiped the ball from Ralph Sampson III for the dunk that gave the Illini (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) a three-point cushion at 73-70. Leonard’s layup with 1:11 left made it 78-72 and finished the Golden Gophers (12-2, 0-1). Paul finished with 21 points. Leonard had 20 and a game-high 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Big Ten favorites: Look back & ahead

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The Images of the Year

As we wind things down for this holiday weekend, the team here at BTN.com offers up some of our favorite things. We house a whole bunch of great videos inside but we also rolled out BTN2Go this fall. The reviews have been strong so far but go see it for yourself. Like you, BTN.com loves cool Internet videos. That’s why we created a “Did You See This?” running archive of great nightly Big Ten moments, like this one. And this one. And, yes, this one. Just bookmark it already.

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Dec. 22 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.

Inside Michigan's Locker Room at the Half

No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.

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12-21-11 Big Ten Hoops Player Rankings

Indiana's Cody Zeller

Tim Hardaway Jr.: One-on-One

The start of the Big Ten men’s hoops season is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact, Minnesota-Illinois (BTN) and Wisconsin-Nebraska tip off the conference slate. With the holiday break here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

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Big Ten Geeks: Illini Offense Broken

Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before:

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