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B1G Recap: IU, OSU & UW card Saturday wins

There were three Big Ten men’s hoops games on Saturday, highlighted by Wisconsin’s impressive 79-74 road win over Iowa. In other conference action, Indiana got a 61-56 road victory over Northwestern, and No. 24 Ohio State rallied and ran past Minnesota, 64-46. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] INDIANA 61, NORTHWESTERN 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56

Decade-by-decade Mount Rushmore of B1G Hoops

It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State

Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.

Big Ten Geeks: Surprises and Disappointments

Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the

Big Ten Geeks: Damaging Loss in the Barn

Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket. All told, the Illini held Minnesota to its lowest output of the season, and a big night from freshman Kendrick Nunn (19 points, 5-for-7 from three) was enough to carry the offense. Nnanna

Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now

We have liftoff! Austin Hollins soars for another dunk

Any time Minnesota plays, there’s a pretty good chance Austin Hollins will throw down an impressive dunk. Hollins added to his long highlight reel in the first half of Wednesday night’s game vs. Illinois. Watch Hollins soar for his latest trademark right-handed powerful flush in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: We have liftoff! Austin Hollins adds to his incredible @GopherBBall dunk reel. WATCH – http://t.co/Uv7EsKH1uz — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) February 20, 2014 Here are some of Hollins’ other best dunks: PUT IT ON A POSTER! @GopherBball senior Austin Hollins absolutely posterizes Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes! WATCH – http://t.co/1rz36mFV6d — Big Ten

B1G Recap: Illini, Buckeyes win on Super Wednesday

No. 24 Ohio State rolled by Northwestern, 76-60, and Illinois dropped Minnesota, 62-49, in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up all the stats, scores and watch video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] ILLINOIS 62, MINNESOTA 49 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Illini won for

DeAndre Mathieu Q&A: I like the up-tempo style

The Big Ten features many dynamic newcomers who have had a profound impact on the conference this season. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Jr., among others. Minnesota’s DeAndre Mathieu also belongs in the conversation. The 5-9 junior is averaging 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists for a 17-9 Golden Gophers squad that’s making a push for an NCAA bid (see his full stats here). Minnesota is 6-7 in the Big Ten as it preps to play host to Illinois on Wednesday as the second game of the BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader. The Gophers have

Big Ten Geeks: Checking in on the Freshmen

We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out. The following table lists the conference-only numbers for every Big Ten freshman that is playing regular minutes (Minute Percentage > 30), is consuming at least a few possessions (Possession Percentage >14), and is at least somewhat efficient (Offensive Rating >96). These are the youngsters that are truly contributing as first-year players, and they are