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Big Ten Geeks: Boiling Over

Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned.

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No. 13 Buckeyes hold on to beat Wildcats

Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points – all in the first half – with Sam Thompson adding 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten).

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BTN Connect 2.0: Follow tonight's games with it

On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season. 

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Swopshire undergoes season-ending knee surgery

There’s more bad health news to report from Evanston, Ill., as graduate student and former Louisville player Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. Swopshire, who was just featured on the latest edition of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” injured the knee in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Iowa.

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Power Rankings: Hot again, Illinois moves on up

It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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