This may be the last day of 2012, but it’s the first for Big Ten league hoop action. What a great place to begin my daily links!
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And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post.
Nebraska topped Nicholls 68-59 on Saturday at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Brandon Ubel sparked Nebraska (9-4), as he had 18 points in the win.
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This is a battle between the losers of their respective conference title games. It also is a game that will feature one of the better quarterback matchups, with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez facing off with Georgia’s Aaron Murray. And which Cornhusker defense will show up? The one that allowed 653 yards at UCLA, 63 points at Ohio State and 70 points to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game? Or the one that backstopped a six-game winning streak leading into the league title game?
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Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off.
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, including Penn State topping New Hampshire, 72-45, and Northwestern taking down Brown, 63-42. Get scores, stats, recaps and select highlights from all three games in this post.
Dylan Talley led all scorers with 21 points, David Rivers added 20 and Nebraska defeated Central Michigan 89-75 in the first game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Saturday night.