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Big Ten Geeks: Surveying the Landscape

It’s hard to believe, but nearly a third of the 2013-14 regular season is already in the books. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Big Ten, but certain trends and qualities have emerged. With preparation for final exams taking precedence over meaningful basketball games this week, let’s take this opportunity to pause and evaluate what we’ve seen. LaQuinton Ross Has Emerged In our Ohio State preview, we compared LaQuinton Ross’ sophomore conference season to that of Deshaun Thomas with the following table: Poss% Shot% eFG% 3PA/FGA Free Throw Rate Assist% TO% ORtg Deshaun Thomas, sophomore 20 25

Video: Rick Pitino takes in Minnesota hoops game

What does a Hall of Fame coach do when his team has a week off from game action? How about going to see your son’s team play? Louisville coach Rick Pitino was in Minneapolis on Tuesday to watch his son’s Gophers take on South Dakota State. And Pitino was decked out from head to toe in Minnesota gear, a sight that Gophers fans should love to see. BTN’s Stephen Bardo and Cory Provus caught up with Pitino at halftime. Listen to what he said about his son Richard in this must-watch interview. MUST WATCH: Listen what Hall of Fame coach

Tuesday hoops roundup: B1G goes perfect 3-0

The Big Ten went a perfect 3-0 Tuesday night in men’s hoops action. Indiana cruised to an 81-54 victory over Oakland, while Minnesota topped South Dakota State 75-59 and Illinois edged out a victory over Dartmouth, 72-65. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post. INDIANA 81, OAKLAND 54 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Evan Gordon scored a season-high 26 points and had the crowd chanting his name in Indiana’s 81-54 rout of Oakland on Tuesday night. The senior guard added five rebounds and shot 10-of-12 from the field to help the Hoosiers improve to 8-2

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 discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to

B1G hoops roundup: Badgers down Marquette

Saturday wasn’t just about the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game. No, there was more than enough men’s basketball today to keep you entertained all day. There was a total of nine games, including Wisconsin beating instate foe Marquette to stay perfect. Get scores, stats, updates and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View today’s Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] INDIANA 89 NORTH FLORIDA 68 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Evan Gordon scored 15 points and Yogi Ferrell had 14 points with seven assists to help Indiana rout overmatched North Florida 89-68 on Saturday. Noah Vonleh

Video: You need to see this Austin Hollins alley-oop

Say, does Rodney Williams still suit up for Minnesota? Nope. Austin Hollins was the high-flyer who soared for the Williams-esque one-handed alley-oop vs. New Orleans on Saturday. Boy, can he fly. Hollins has shown his ups all year, but he hasn’t had a better finish than this jam. Watch it in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: How high is Austin Hollins on the dunk? High enough & then some. #orvillemoment @GopherBBall – http://t.co/uyyV17AWFz — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) December 7, 2013 Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, these video segments are great football moments clipped and posted online during live Big Ten

So long 'Challenge' stickers, hello technology

Before the NCAA banned on-court stickers, Tom Izzo and several of his fellow coaches made it known they weren’t fans of them. It’s not because the stickers resulted in an eye-sore, but because they were a slipping hazard and caused injury. ESPN found another way to get the Big Ten/ACC Challenge logo on the courts during this week’s event. The network digitally inserted the “stickers” on the court. And, you wouldn’t have known the stickers were missing unless you attended one of the games. These ACC-Big Ten Challenge emblems are being inserted digitally by ESPN. Wild: pic.twitter.com/U4Tcj0Aof9 — Land-Grant Holy

Big Ten Geeks: A Challenging Night

The Big Ten put itself in a hole Tuesday night, going 2-4 against the Atlantic Coasters. Let’s take a look at just how it happened. We had predicted a split on the Challenge’s opening night, and we were awfully close to going six-for-six. How close? Well, in the one game we missed, Illinois held a 12-point lead over Georgia Tech with the ball and seven minutes remaining. In that situation, Georgia Tech had a win probability of just 2.8 percent. If you set up those teams with that time and score a hundred times, you’d expect Illinois to lose only three

Big Ten/ACC Challenge recap: B1G goes 2-4

The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Tuesday, and the Big Ten went 2-4. That means the Big Ten must win at least five games Wednesday to extend its streak in the event. Here are the results: Minnesota 71, Florida State 61; Duke 79, Michigan 69; Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93; Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69; Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64; Syracuse 69, Indiana 52. [ MORE: View our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] GEORGIA TECH 67, ILLINOIS 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Georgia Tech closed the game with a 19-4 run to rally from a

Video: Gophers' Ahanmisi chips front tooth on fall

There’s a good chance Minnesota’s Maverick Ahanmisi will be visiting the dentist sometime Wednesday. The veteran guard took a scary fall in Tuesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Florida State at Williams Arena. The worst part of the tumble, Ahanmisi broke his fall with his mouth. The result: a chipped right front tooth. Watch it happen in this post. VIDEO: For those who missed it, here's how @GopherBBall's Maverick Ahanmisi chipped his front tooth. WATCH – http://t.co/nCFMtpVBhj — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) December 4, 2013 The chip looks a little familiar, no? Opposite front tooth and direction of chip,