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Minnesota-Indiana game sets BTN ratings record

Cody Zeller & Trevor Mbakwe

Yogi Ferrell's Steal and Layup

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CHICAGO – Saturday’s matchup of No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 10 Minnesota was the highest-rated regular-season basketball game in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data. The game earned a program average household rating of 2.08 across the network’s eight metered markets.* The game also was the top-rated cable program Saturday in both Indianapolis and Minneapolis, according to Nielsen.

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Power Rankings: Indiana returns to top of list

Jordan Hulls & Joe Coleman

A Big Dunk for Zeller

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. This week, following Michigan’s first loss, there’s a new – and familiar – No. 1. See where I rank your team in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

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The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.

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Big Ten Geeks: Early Dominance

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This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes.

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Big Ten Geeks: Gophers make a statement

Rodney Williams

Minnesota at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

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On Wednesday, Minnesota made a statement, beating Illinois by 17 points in Champaign. This was a strange one, as the Illini actually negated the Gophers’ huge on-paper advantage on the glass. Instead, it was a big discrepancy in shooting accuracy that told the story. Minnesota, normally a mediocre outside shooting team, hit nine of 15 from behind the arc, while Illinois made just three of its 24 three-point attempts. The Gopher defense certainly had a lot to do with the Illini’s struggles–there just weren’t all that many open looks–but it was also just one of those nights (see Andre Hollins’ banked-in three from nearly midcourt to beat the shot clock).

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