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Big Ten Geeks: Surveying the Landscape

It’s hard to believe, but nearly a third of the 2013-14 regular season is already in the books. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Big Ten, but certain trends and qualities have emerged. With preparation for final exams taking precedence over meaningful basketball games this week, let’s take this opportunity to pause and evaluate what we’ve seen. LaQuinton Ross Has Emerged In our Ohio State preview, we compared LaQuinton Ross’ sophomore conference season to that of Deshaun Thomas with the following table: Poss% Shot% eFG% 3PA/FGA Free Throw Rate Assist% TO% ORtg Deshaun Thomas, sophomore 20 25

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 discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January. 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

Clothes Call: Huskers break out new black uniform

Nebraska basketball broke out a new black alternate uniform Sunday at Creighton. The uniform showcased its share of red, the school’s primary color, too. The “Nebraska” on the front of the jersey was red, outlined in white, as were the player numbers. There also were red accents on the shoulders, waistband and shorts. See the uniform in this post. As you can see from the photo below, the Huskers called the special occasion “Back in the Black.” Our uniforms for tonight #Huskers #GBR #GATA pic.twitter.com/jcbvprJXOA — Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) December 8, 2013 One Nebraska product was very excited about the

Live: Track Sunday's B1G men's hoops action

After a busy nine-game slate Saturday, there were only two Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday. Illinois walloped Auburn, 81-62, in Atlanta, while Nebraska is taking on Creighton. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post. ILLINOIS 81, AUBURN 62 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points Sunday, when he and Illinois shot at a torrid pace on the way to routing Auburn 81-62 in Philips Arena. This was considered a “home” game for Auburn, which last year played Illinois in Chicago’s United Center as a visiting team. The Illini (8-1) made a

Big Ten Geeks: Salvaging a 'Challenge' tie

Wednesday night went much better than Tuesday night for the Big Ten, as a 4-2 showing salvaged a second-consecutive tie in the Challenge. Overall, this was a good result for the conference, but the discussion at the end of the night focused on who to blame for the Big Ten’s failure to outright win the thing. So if results hold, who deserves more blame: MSU or Illinois? — Josh and Mike (@bigtengeeks) December 5, 2013 Responses were mixed, but a slight majority pointed their fingers at Michigan State, a team that was ranked #1 in the polls and was playing

Big Ten/ACC Challenge finishes in 6-6 tie

The Big Ten went 4-2 in the second night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which led to a 6-6 tie between the two power conferences. No. 1-ranked Michigan State fell to North Carolina, 79-65, while Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Nebraska all had impressive victories Wednesday night. Here are the final scores from Wednesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State 76, Maryland 60; Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38; North Carolina State 69, Northwestern 48; North Carolina 79,  Michigan State 65;  Purdue 88, Boston College 67; Nebraska 60, Miami (FL) 49. [ MORE: View our Big Ten scoreboard | Ohio State honors Gary

So long 'Challenge' stickers, hello technology

Before the NCAA banned on-court stickers, Tom Izzo and several of his fellow coaches made it known they weren’t fans of them. It’s not because the stickers resulted in an eye-sore, but because they were a slipping hazard and caused injury. ESPN found another way to get the Big Ten/ACC Challenge logo on the courts during this week’s event. The network digitally inserted the “stickers” on the court. And, you wouldn’t have known the stickers were missing unless you attended one of the games. These ACC-Big Ten Challenge emblems are being inserted digitally by ESPN. Wild: pic.twitter.com/U4Tcj0Aof9 — Land-Grant Holy

Geeks: A look at Wednesday's Challenge games

The Big Ten will enter Wednesday’s second and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge trailing 4-2, and needing to win five of the six remaining games to take the annual event. Here’s our preview and predictions for Wednesday’s Challenge games. [ MORE: Catch up on Tuesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge results ] Maryland vs. Ohio State Pomeroy Says: Ohio State by 11. The Teams: Ohio State enters the game undefeated, though it has not faced any elite teams, yet. Maryland has one bad loss (at home, to Oregon State), and one good loss (a one-point loss to UConn in

Saturday B1G hoops roundup: Iowa, PSU fall in title games

Iowa and Penn State both lost heartbreakers in their respective tournament title games Saturday. Villanova topped the Hawkeyes in overtime in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, while Ole Miss nipped the Nittany Lions in the Barclays Center Classic final. Nebraska, however, topped NIU. Catch up on all the day’s action in this post. VILLANOVA 88, IOWA 83 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY Tournament MVP James Bell scored 20 points and sparked a huge Villanova rally, Josh Hart added 16 off the bench and the Wildcats beat No. 23 Iowa 88-83 in overtime to claim the Battle 4 Atlantis

Sunday men's hoops roundup: Charlotte nips Michigan

There was a quartet of Big Ten men’s basketball games on Sunday. Nebraska took down Georgia, Penn State walloped Longwood, Purdue topped Siena and Michigan fell to Charlotte in the Puerto Rice Tip-Off title game. Catch up on all the day’s scores and stats in this post. CHARLOTTE 63, MICHIGAN 61 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas scored a game-high 20 points, but Terrence Williams put back his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, giving Charlotte a stunning 63-61 victory over No. 14 Michigan on Sunday night in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. NEBRASKA 73, GEORGIA 65