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Tomorrow
2:00 PMPittsburgh at Penn St.Watch
3:00 PMC. Michigan at IllinoisWatch
7:30 PMWisconsin at MichiganWatch
8:00 PMIowa St. at IowaWatch
9:00 PMSIUE at NorthwesternWatch
Sunday Dec 11
1:00 PMN. Iowa at WisconsinWatch
1:00 PMN. Carolina Central at PurdueWatch
2:00 PMCanisius at Ohio St.Watch

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Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 1

The tournament opener between Illinois and Minnesota didn’t offer much in the way of aesthetically pleasing play, but a buzzer beater has a way of upping the entertainment value. The Gophers turned it over on a season-worst 35 percent of their possessions, allowing the Illini to stay in the game dispute big Minnesota advantages in every other category. That set the stage for the finish, which included a wild five-shot Illinois possession that ended with a D.J. Richardson three to tie the game. The Gophers then struggled under the pressure, nearly turning it over twice before Austin Hollins stepped on

Best of Day 1 at Big Ten tourney: Paul shines brightest

Thursday’s opening day of the Big Ten tourney featured a game-winning buzzer-beater (Illinois over Minnesota) and an upset (No. 10 Nebraska over No. 7 Purdue). Catch up on the best performances, numbers and highlights from the opening day of action at the United Center in this post. DAY 1 STARS 1. Brandon Paul, Illinois – 10-16, 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers. On a day where neither team could find the bottom of the bucket, Paul was one of the only players to have success in Illinois’ win over Minnesota. He accounted for 49 percent of

Quick hit: Breaking down Illinois' win

The Fighting Illini didn’t shoot well (32 percent) but forced 19 turnovers and had 21 points off of those turnovers. Early foul trouble for Minnesota big man Trevor Mbakwe helped Illinois, as the sixth-year senior had just eight points and played only 27 minutes. The Gophers have now lost three in a row but still appear to be a lock for the NCAA tourney. Read more on this game: [ BOX | RECAP | PREVIEW | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS ] Key moment: The final moment was the biggest, right? After Minnesota failed not once—but twice—to inbound the ball, finally resulting in a turnover, Illinois took

Illinois stuns Minnesota at the buzzer

Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.watch the video of the shot in this post and listen to Gus Johnson and Shon Morris on the call.  Illinois (22-11) led by as much as 12 but was trailing by three when D.J. Richardson nailed a 3 with 47 seconds left to tie it at 49. That basket came after the Illini missed four shots on the possession. Find videos, photos and links in this post. Also, BTN.com senior

Did You See This? Mbakwe dunks, Paul responds

Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe threw down an incredible dunk in the second half of the opening game of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament against Illinois  then Illinois’ Brandon Paul responded with a nice move at the other end of the court. Watch it here, and follow all of our Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament action now. This dunk was pretty good, too. Catch up on all the action for the Illinois-Minnesota game on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | PREVIEW | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS  ]

New live stats for all tourney games

BTN.com offers something new for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament – deeper live box scores provided by Stats LLC. How are they different? The Stats’ SportVU Tracking System captures X/Y positioning coordinates of the players and the ball to deliver unique performance data by merging the in-depth tracking data with traditional play-by-play information. What do the new stats include? Read about it below in this post. The new stats include: Speed & Distance: Distance Run (Dist.) is the total miles a player has run in the game. Average Speed (Avg Spd) is the average speed (mph) of a

Big Ten Tourney: Day 1 action is in the books

The first day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament had it’s share of excitement. Illinois beat Minnesota 51-49 with a Brandon Paul jumper at the buzzer while Michigan handled Penn State, 83-66. Later, No. 7 Purdue fell to No. 10 Nebraska, 57-55. The last game of the night: No. 6 Iowa eliminates No. 11 Northwestern.  Tune into BTN/BTN2Go tonight after the games for the most complete coverage of all four Big Ten games on “The Big Ten Finale.” BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), web editor Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), and Big Ten Geeks bloggers Josh Reed and Mike Portscheller (@bigtengeeks) are delivering their insights

Recapping the Season, Part Two

See part one of our discussion here. Mike: Miles has done a great job in his first season. I had expected something akin to 2008-09 Indiana—a sub-200 KenPom ranking, one or two conference wins, and general misery. Instead, his Huskers managed to beat a few solid teams and rarely got blown out. That’s a hugely successful season in my mind. Unfortunately, things are probably going to get worse before they get better. Three of Miles’ more productive players won’t return, and while his 2013 recruiting class looks solid, it is still composed of 3-star freshmen. Furthermore, there is basically no

Preview: No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota

Most every mock bracket already has these teams in the NCAA tourney. So, what are they playing for in Chicago? Probably just NCAA seeding. No doubt, more was expected from each team entering the season. So, the tourney is a new beginning and chance for redemption for these veteran teams that each went 8-10 in Big Ten action. Don’t be shocked if either one makes an extended run. See highlights of the last time they played in this post. Thursday’s game starts at noon ET and airs on BTN/BTN2Go. The skinny on Illinois: The Fighting Illini don’t bring much juice

Gallery: Our favorite 2012-13 hoops photos

We hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend. To help celebrate, we decided it’s a good time to share our favorite photos from a memorable and historic 2012-13 men’s basketball season. See 100 of our favorite shots, courtesy USAToday Sports, in this post.