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Big Ten Geeks: The Gophers arrive

Minnesota picked up a huge resume win over Ohio State, 63-53 in 63 possessions. The story of this game was on the interior, where Elliott Eliason made his presence felt on both ends. The bearded big man went 6-for-8 on twos, leading a Gopher attack that scored a point per trip despite a bad night from the perimeter. Minnesota’s poor three-point shooting and bad turnover rate weren’t a huge surprise, given the defensive strength of the Buckeye backcourt, but the Gophers’ ability to score inside was unexpected. %Shots at rim %Shots 2pt J %Shots 3pt Ohio State 18% 51% 31%

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a Nebraska football helmet poking fun at the Texas logo. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: New addition to the helmet for the game #hornsdown pic.twitter.com/dM3yGewxVL — Jeremiah Sirles (@Sirles71_HSKR) January 16, 2014 Our take: Think Nebraska has completely forgotten about those Big 12 rivalries? 2018 on an island? I guess I can say …..

Big Ten Geeks: Iowa crashes the party

In case any doubters remained—Iowa is for real, as proven by its 10-point win in Columbus. Granted, this was probably more like a six- or eight-point win if Ohio State isn’t fouling desperately at the end. But that’s splitting hairs, especially because most teams in that position do the same thing. Frankly, if you’re looking for reasons to call this result a fluke, you might be looking for a while. Iowa wasn’t red-hot from the outside (29 percent on 3s), Ohio State wasn’t atrocious at the free-throw line (71 percent), and both teams shot roughly the same number of free

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 take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Chris Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim

Ranking starting lineups for every Big Ten team

We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss. So, what do all of these teams have in common outside of impressive win-loss records? Exceptional starting lineups. This list ranks all 12 starting fives in the Big Ten, counting down from 12-to-1. [ MORE: Bardo: Most surprising players in the

B1G Hoops Roundup: No. 20 Iowa upsets No. 3 Ohio State

Sunday featured a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games. There were two huge upsets as No. 20 Iowa got the best of No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus, while Northwestern upset No. 23 Illinois in Evanston. Purdue held off Nebraska for its first Big Ten win in the other game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NORTHWESTERN 49, ILLINOIS 43 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Tre Demps scored 11 points and made three late 3-pointers to lead Northwestern

Week in review: Badgers continue to impress

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for my weekly 3-pointers, which is my own look back and forward in the world of Big Ten hoops. What do we mean “wild?” Did you not see this shot, this ejection, and this OT thriller? Here’s what we cover on this Friday: Three teams on the rise, three teams sinking, and three things I learned this week. We also cover my three most impressive wins from the past seven days and the three biggest games coming up in the next week. Let’s do this. Three Stocks to Buy Minnesota. How ‘bout those

Big Ten Geeks: Better to be lucky than good?

Wednesday and Thursday brought some interesting results on the Big Ten hardwood. Let’s jump right in. After Michigan’s last road game, we opined that the Wolverines were fortunate to leave Minneapolis with a victory. As if to troll us, John Beilein’s team found an even luckier way to win a Big Ten road game, this time in Nebraska’s brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena. This one point victory included a half-court make at the halftime buzzer by Derrick Walton, then a point-blank miss at the end of regulation by Nebraska’s Leslee Smith. If either of those shots goes the way you’d

B1G Hoops Recap: Robinson III shines in Michigan win

Glenn Robinson III scored a game-high 19 points as Michigan escaped Lincoln with a 71-70 win over Nebraska. With the victory, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play this season. In other Big Ten action, No. 20 Iowa cruised to an impressive 93-67 win over Northwestern at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Catch up on all the action in this post. MICHIGAN 71, NEBRASKA 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY Derrick Walton Jr. scored the go-ahead layup with 21.8 seconds left and Nebraska missed two inside shots during a scramble before the buzzer, giving Michigan a 71-70 victory on Thursday

Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a