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No. 21 Minnesota knocks off USC, 71-57

Minnesota made the long trip West worthwhile, extending its winning streak to six games and giving coach Tubby Smith his 500th career victory. Andre Hollins led four players in double figures with 14 points in the 14th-ranked Gophers’ 71-57 win over Southern California on Saturday night.

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Big Ten Geeks: Four weeks in & what do we know?

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) leans back after dunking the ball as his team plays Cornell Big Red at the Kohl Center. The basket did not count. Wisconsin defeated Cornell 73-40. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Jared Berggren Rebound Dunk

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With the volume of competitive games slowing considerably this week, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the first four weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season.

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Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern wins in Waco

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It’s been a bit of a quiet week for Big Ten basketball, with most teams facing tune-up games against over-matched opponents. Let’s take a quick look at the games that weren’t complete blowouts.

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Hot hands lead No. 21 Minnesota past South Dakota State

Dec 04, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; South Dakota State forward Jordan Dykstra (42) gets his shot blocked by Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Rodney Williams during the first half at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Williams Dunk

Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 points before halftime, and No. 14 Minnesota breezed to an 88-64 victory on Tuesday over a South Dakota State team missing point guard Nate Wolters. Hollins swished his first six 3-point attempts and finished 8 for 9 from the field for the Gophers (9-1), who reached their highest ranking in the Associated Press poll this week in six years under coach Tubby Smith.

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Minnesota runs away with 87-59 win

Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe (32) drives to the basket through North Florida Ospreys guard Beau Beech (2) in the first half at Williams Arena.

Austin Hollins Dunk

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Rodney Williams with 15 points and eight rebounds as No. 21 Minnesota topped North Florida 87-59 Saturday. Williams all but three of his points in the second half and Austin Hollins added 12 points for the Gophers (8-1), winners of four straight.

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Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosier fans cheer during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

UNC at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results.

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