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Ranking the Games: Michigan State at Iowa, and then....

The best Big Ten game this week is the first one, tonight in Iowa City when Michigan State visits Iowa. Each team is looking for a win to keep pace with Big Ten leader Michigan. The Wolverines beat each team last week, adding to the sense of urgency for both clubs. Here is my ranking of this week’s action. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Michigan State at Iowa, Tues., Jan. 28. This game has no peer this week. Each team lost to Michigan last week. So, a win is needed to keep

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 Patrick 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

Big Ten Geeks: Wolverines on Top

Saturday night brought a clash of the only two remaining conference unbeatens when Michigan traveled west to take on State in East Lansing. The Spartans were down their frontcourt, as Branden Dawson’s hand lost a bout with a table earlier in the week, and Adreian Payne was still a week or two away. But would it have mattered? I know that sounds ridiculous, considering Dawson and Payne are two of the best players in the conference. But Michigan diced up the Spartans’ defense in ways that I’m not sure Dawson or Payne could have helped with. Notably, the Wolverines scorched

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Before the Super Bowl this weekend, be sure to read about the great work Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is doing in his community. Not a Seahawks fan? LiveBIG also profiled Judi’s House, founded by then-Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese, to help kids cope with loss. Literacy programs at the University of Minnesota recently received recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama. The University of Michigan received two grants, totaling $4.35 million, from the William Davidson Foundation to support university programs impacting economic activity in southeast Michigan. Read more about these initiatives here. The men’s lacrosse program at The Ohio State

Big Ten Hoops Recap: Petteway nets 35 in Nebraska win

BTN had a pair of exciting Big Ten men’s basketball games on Sunday. Indiana kicked off the action with a 56-46 win over Illinois. Nebraska followed with an impressive 82-78 upset victory over Minnesota in Lincoln. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NEBRASKA 82, MINNESOTA 78 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Terran Petteway scored a career-high 35 points, Nebraska overcame Malik Smith’s shooting exhibition in his first start for Minnesota, and the Cornhuskers bounced back from a crushing

Photos: Big Ten hoops coaches wear suits and sneakers

In case you haven’t noticed by your Big Ten coach’s attire, it’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. See pictures of Big Ten coaches rocking the look in this post. [ MORE: Did you see Purdue’s cancer awareness shooting shirts? ] Illinois’ John Groce Coach Groce prepping for the pregame talk in his sneakers. #Illini #SuitsandSneakers @CoachesvsCancer pic.twitter.com/KUAlYKs591 — Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) January 26, 2014 Indiana’s Tom Crean and staff Tom Crean and #Hoosiers staff

Rice, Mathieu featured on Sunday's 'Journey'

This week “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” airs Sunday at 5 p.m. ET after Illinois plays Indiana on BTN/BTN2Go and we’ve got the stories right here. Come meet Minnesota point guard DeAndre Mathieu, a former walk-on and JUCO transfer who is now flourishing in Richard  Pitino’s system – all while honoring a friend. Also, track the long and winding road taken by Champaign native Rayvonte Rice, who wound up at Illinois as one of the leagues’ top scorers. We also follow Nebraska assistant coach and Australia native Chris Harriman, who is helping Nebraska rebuild its basketball program while his

Big Ten Geeks: Is Nik Stauskas the Big Ten POY?

Michigan’s offense continued its surge into the nation’s elite in an impressive win over Iowa. In true Beilein-ball fashion, it was a high conversion rate on twos and a low turnover rate that propelled the Wolverines. Nik Stauskas is making a case for Big Ten player of the year, and he continues to show that he is #notjustashooter: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: What was better here, @umichbball fans: Nik Stauskas' crossover? Or the dime? WATCH – http://t.co/VHl3YsbtSH — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) January 23, 2014 There are still plenty of conference games to be played, but Stauskas currently has the most impressive

B1G Hoops: Ohio State, Penn State end losing streak

There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games on the docket tonight, and both were filled with plenty of excitement. Ohio State kicked off the evening with a much-needed 62-55 win over Illinois, ending the Buckeyes’ four-game losing skid. Penn State followed with an impressive 58-52 victory over Nebraska, giving the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten win of the season. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] OHIO STATE 62, ILLINOIS 55 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) LaQuinton Ross

Ranking the games: Pick a Michigan game this week

Ohio State at Nebraska kicked off the week with a rare Monday night game. And, it was a doozy, as the Cornhuskers sent the Buckeyes to a fourth loss in a row. Was that a portent of things to come this week? A full slate of games is on our doorstep, highlighted by Michigan at Michigan State on Saturday. Before that, Iowa plays at Michigan on Wednesday in another big Big Ten game. Here’s a look and ranking of this week’s contests. Ranked teams, beware! [ MORE: Most pivotal player for every Big Ten team ] 1. Michigan at Michigan