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Four teams advance at NCAA tourney

Six Big Ten women’s volleyball teams advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and all six played Friday night. Both Penn State and Nebraska swept their opponents to advance to Saturday’s round while Minnesota and Michigan moved on by defeating Big Ten foes Purdue and Michigan State , respectively.

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Big Ten Geeks: Four weeks in & what do we know?

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) leans back after dunking the ball as his team plays Cornell Big Red at the Kohl Center. The basket did not count. Wisconsin defeated Cornell 73-40. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Jared Berggren Rebound Dunk

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With the volume of competitive games slowing considerably this week, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the first four weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season.

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Nebraska can't catch No. 13 Creighton

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Andre Almeida With the Slam

Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 13 Creighton pulled away in the second half for a 64-42 victory over Nebraska in the annual meeting of the state rivals Thursday night. Creighton (8-1) won in Lincoln for the first time since 2004.

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Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern wins in Waco

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It’s been a bit of a quiet week for Big Ten basketball, with most teams facing tune-up games against over-matched opponents. Let’s take a quick look at the games that weren’t complete blowouts.

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Gallegos, Nebraska trip up USC, 63-51

Nov 27, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers center Andre Almeida (32) puts up a shot while Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Travis McKie (30) defends during the second half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Nebraska defeated Wake 79-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

USC at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

Ray Gallegos scored 20 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers to lead Nebraska to a 63-51 victory over Southern California on Monday night. The Cornhuskers (6-1), off to their best start since 2008-09, led by as many as 20 points in the most lopsided game in the four-game series with the Trojans.

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Photos: Meet Big Ten bowl opponents' key players

Sep 22, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Devonte Fields (95) reacts after sacking Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Phillip Sims (14) and forcing a fumble during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Robert Marve interview - Bowl Selection Special

We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game?

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