Maggie Lucas scored 26 points, and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half buckets to help No. 8 Penn State hold off Minnesota 64-59 on Thursday night. It was one of five Big Ten games.
Pop quiz: Which school has the longest streak of putting at least one player in the Super Bowl? Alabama? Florida? LSU? Nope, it isn’t a SEC school; it’s Nebraska, according to this USA TODAY story.
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Michigan State won a battle of attrition in frigid Madison, edging Wisconsin by a 49-47 score. The Spartans are now 5-0 in games decided by three points or less, and this win was especially fortunate. The Badgers did an excellent job on defense, forcing Michigan State to take an abnormally high proportion of two-point jumpers:
D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Illinois (15-5, 2-4 Big Ten) held Nebraska without a field goal for the last 8:51 of the first half and led 35-23 at the break. The Huskers got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
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We continue to keep our eyes (and ears) open for Big Ten men’s basketball dunks all season, and there have been plenty. Michigan’s Glen Robinson III went 360 degrees last week, and Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren had his poster moment. Here now in this video clip is our weekly dunk-o-matic highlight reel.
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The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a 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 throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.