With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items.
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The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly 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 each Monday 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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Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and that means it’s time to consider the best plays from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 action. There was a lot of competition as the calendar flipped to February, but which plays made BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post.
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The knock on Indiana this season was that while the Hoosiers are nearly unbeatable at home, they’re almost the opposite on the road. To wit, the home and away efficiencies are Stevenson-esque in conference play:
No. 10 Michigan State got revenge on No. 22 Michigan (recap) and Northwestern did the same against Illinois (recap) in intrastate rivalries Sunday afternoon. In other action, Minnesota topped Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? archive.
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Minnesota and Penn State clinched shares of the Big Ten wrestling regular season dual-meet title on Sunday, as the Golden Gophers and Nittany Lions each picked up wins to finish the conference season tied for first place at 7-1. Fourth-ranked Minnesota earned a 26-7 victory over No. 7 Nebraska, while No. 2 Penn State defeated No. 12 Michigan, 34-7. The Nittany Lions improved to 11-1 and the Gophers moved to 10-3 with the wins.