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Wildcats have Twitter handles on back of shooting shirts

Northwestern men’s basketball players have their Twitter handles printed on the back of their shooting shirts for Saturday night’s game vs. Indiana. The Wildcats did the same thing last year – in addition to putting hashtags all over Welsh-Ryan Arena – for their Social Media Night. In addition to the Twitter handles on the shooting shirts, the Wildcats will be wearing their black alternates, which means Indiana will be in white as the road team. The #B1GCats have their Twitter handles on their shooting shirts tonight. pic.twitter.com/YKrF8OtcMJ — NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) February 22, 2014

Review & Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks

If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.

Big Ten Geeks: Surprises and Disappointments

Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the

Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now

Video: Scuffle leads to 10 consecutive free throws

Ever see 10 consecutive free throws in a game? You have if you saw Ohio State’s 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. A scuffle with 5:24 left in the second half led to the ejections of Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, and after an extended delay to sort out all of the penalties, the Buckeyes shot four free throws and the Wildcats six. Watch it in the video above. [ MORE: Nikola Cerina gets one-game suspension for throwing punch ] Here is the scuffle: VIDEO: There's a delay in the NU-OSU game as officials review the

Nikola Cerina gets one-game suspension for throwing punch

Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina has been issued a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in Wednesday night’s scuffle at Ohio State, according to Big Ten official Ray Perone. Cerina, who was thrown out of the game, along with Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, will sit out Saturday vs. Indiana. Ross, who was ejected for pushing Cerina and Drew Crawford, will not be suspended. [ MORE: Scuffle leads to 16-minute delay, two ejections, 10 free throws ] Read the official statement by Big Ten official Ray Perone: Here's the official statement from Big Ten official Ray Perone on NU-OSU incident. (via @OSUADAthComm) pic.twitter.com/J0gNZGYRe2

B1G Recap: Illini, Buckeyes win on Super Wednesday

No. 24 Ohio State rolled by Northwestern, 76-60, and Illinois dropped Minnesota, 62-49, in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up all the stats, scores and watch video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] ILLINOIS 62, MINNESOTA 49 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Illini won for

Big Ten Geeks: Checking in on the Freshmen

We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out. The following table lists the conference-only numbers for every Big Ten freshman that is playing regular minutes (Minute Percentage > 30), is consuming at least a few possessions (Possession Percentage >14), and is at least somewhat efficient (Offensive Rating >96). These are the youngsters that are truly contributing as first-year players, and they are

Dienhart: The future of Big Ten hoops schedules

I long for the days when every Big Ten school played twice every season. It was a symmetrical schedule that crowned a true champ in a neat and tidy 18-game league schedule. The only thing missing was a bow on top. That balance got tossed out the window when Penn State joined the league. And Nebraska’s arrival added to the imbalance to where Big Ten schools now play just seven teams twice and four others once. As you can imagine, that can make for some unbalanced and unfair schedules in the pursuit of a conference title. Now, with Rutgers and

Ranking the games: No surprise at No. 1 this week

The spotlight this week swings on Ann Arbor, where Michigan will play host to Michigan State in a battle between Big Ten front-runners this weekend. Each squad is 10-3 in league action. Wisconsin and Iowa are right behind the Wolverines and Spartans. And, ironically, the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet in a big game in Iowa City this week. Here’s a look at the 10 games this week. [ MORE: Dienhart: The best of the week ahead ] 1. Michigan State at Michigan, Sun., Feb. 23. This is it, the game we’ve all been waiting for. The rivals are tied atop