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Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Penn State Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard

B1G Whiteboard: Big week ahead for Michigan

Another week, another raft of games that will go a long way toward shaping the Big Ten race. And this much is becoming clearer: Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa are the teams to beat. Speaking of the Big Ten’s holy trinity, it’s a big week for Michigan. BIG week. Here’s a look at the week that’s on our doorstep. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] GAME OF THE WEEK: Michigan at Michigan State, Sat., Jan. 25. A monster showdown between state rivals who enter the week as the lone unbeaten teams in the Big

No. 14 Iowa cruises past Minnesota, 94-73

(AP) Aaron White scored all of his 18 points in the second half and Josh Oglesby added a season-high 17 points as 14th-ranked Iowa blew past Minnesota 94-73 on Sunday. Devyn Marble had 15 of his 16 points after halftime for the surging Hawkeyes, who moved into third place in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Michigan. Iowa (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) overcame a 10-point deficit with a 29-10 run and outscored the Gophers 53-30 in the second half. Andre Hollins had a game-high 20 points for Minnesota (14-5, 3-3). [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten

Early look at NCAA Tournament mock brackets

It’s mid-January. Seems like a good time to start taking a look at some mock NCAA brackets. Things are looking good for Wisconsin and Michigan State, which are primed to be No. 1 seeds. Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State also are solid tourney teams for now. But teams like Minnesota and Indiana may bob in and out of these mock brackets all winter. First, there’s Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, my personal favorite because he’s a Purdue grad who studied computers and played in the All-American Marching Band. And, I know how smart those guys are, having gone to Purdue myself.

Ups & downs: Reviewing & previewing hoops

It’s time for my Big Ten basketball 3-Pointers, my look back at the week that was in the Big Ten—with a sneak peek at what’s to come. It has been a good week to be Minnesota and Indiana. It hasn’t been such a good week to be Ohio State and Illinois. And if you’re Richard Pitno’s jacket from Thursday night, you had a little bit of good and bad this week. Read on, Big Ten fans! Three Stocks to Buy: 1. Minnesota. Dinkytown residents probably woke up this morning to hear chants of “Ski-U-Mah!” Why not? Minnesota looks legit after

Big Ten Geeks: The Gophers arrive

Minnesota picked up a huge resume win over Ohio State, 63-53 in 63 possessions. The story of this game was on the interior, where Elliott Eliason made his presence felt on both ends. The bearded big man went 6-for-8 on twos, leading a Gopher attack that scored a point per trip despite a bad night from the perimeter. Minnesota’s poor three-point shooting and bad turnover rate weren’t a huge surprise, given the defensive strength of the Buckeye backcourt, but the Gophers’ ability to score inside was unexpected. %Shots at rim %Shots 2pt J %Shots 3pt Ohio State 18% 51% 31%

Richard Pitino tosses jacket, draws first technical foul

It was freezing cold outside in Minneapolis on Thursday night, but tempers got red hot inside the Barn during the second half of Minnesota’s upset of No. 11 Ohio State. Play began to get chippy midway through the second half as Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross got tied up with Minnesota forward Oto Osenieks. Ross proceeded to shove Osenieks, which led to Minnesota coach Richard Pitino throwing his sport coat into the crowd and being called for his first technical foul as the Gophers’ head coach. VIDEO: Minnesota coach Richard Pitino gets a technical and throws his sport coat into

Gophers send Buckeyes to third straight loss

Richard Pitino notched his first signature win at Minnesota as the Gophers upset No. 11 Ohio State 63-53 on Thursday night in Minneapolis. The victory marked Minnesota’s first win against a ranked opponent this season, while Ohio State dropped its third straight game for the first time since 2009. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MINNESOTA 63, OHIO STATE 53 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio

B1G hoops roundup: Hoosiers upset Badgers

That was a fun night of Big Ten basketball! First, Indiana snapped its 12-game losing streak to Wisconsin and handed the third-ranked Badgers their first loss. After that, Michigan beat Penn State to stay perfect in Big Ten play. Catch up on scores, stats and watch highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN 80, PENN STATE 67 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and Michigan remained unbeaten in Big Ten play with an 80-67 victory over Penn

Big Ten Geeks: Iowa crashes the party

In case any doubters remained—Iowa is for real, as proven by its 10-point win in Columbus. Granted, this was probably more like a six- or eight-point win if Ohio State isn’t fouling desperately at the end. But that’s splitting hairs, especially because most teams in that position do the same thing. Frankly, if you’re looking for reasons to call this result a fluke, you might be looking for a while. Iowa wasn’t red-hot from the outside (29 percent on 3s), Ohio State wasn’t atrocious at the free-throw line (71 percent), and both teams shot roughly the same number of free