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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

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 Chris Chambers: 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 Pitino: Listen to coach Tim

Ranking starting lineups for every Big Ten team

We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss. So, what do all of these teams have in common outside of impressive win-loss records? Exceptional starting lineups. This list ranks all 12 starting fives in the Big Ten, counting down from 12-to-1. [ MORE: Bardo: Most surprising players in the

Saturday hoops reacap: MSU stays perfect in Big Ten

There was doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops today on BTN/BTN2Go. Indiana rallied past Penn State, 79-76 in the first game of the day, while Michigan State won a 87-75 overtime thriller over Minnesota in the second game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half

Week in review: Badgers continue to impress

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my weekly 3-pointers, which is my own look back and forward in the world of Big Ten hoops. What do we mean “wild?” Did you not see this shot, this ejection, and this OT thriller? Here’s what we cover on this Friday: Three teams on the rise, three teams sinking, and three things I learned this week. We also cover my three most impressive wins from the past seven days and the three biggest games coming up in the next week. Let’s do this. Three Stocks to Buy Minnesota. How ‘bout those

Big Ten Geeks: Better to be lucky than good?

Wednesday and Thursday brought some interesting results on the Big Ten hardwood. Let’s jump right in. After Michigan’s last road game, we opined that the Wolverines were fortunate to leave Minneapolis with a victory. As if to troll us, John Beilein’s team found an even luckier way to win a Big Ten road game, this time in Nebraska’s brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena. This one point victory included a half-court make at the halftime buzzer by Derrick Walton, then a point-blank miss at the end of regulation by Nebraska’s Leslee Smith. If either of those shots goes the way you’d

Throwback Thursday Q&A: Gophers' Damian Johnson

Minnesota product Damian Johnson never averaged double digits in a season – he came painstakingly close as a senior (9.9) – but he didn’t need to score to make an impact. The 6-7 forward averaged 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.8 steals per game in his final three seasons. BTN.com caught up with the former Gopher (2006-2010) who recently signed a deal to play pro ball in Australia. Read our full email Q&A with Johnson below. [ MORE: Throwback Thursday Q&A: Purdue’s Chris Kramer ] BTN.com: First thing’s first: How much culture shock was there as a Louisiana kid going

Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a