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Northwestern fends off Baylor, 74-70

Dec 04, 2012; Waco, Tx, USA; Northwestern Wildcats guard Reggie Hearn (11) passes around Baylor Bears guard Brady Heslip (5) during the first half at the Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Crawford went 6-of-11 from the field and led five Northwestern players in double digits with 19 points as the Wildcats defeated Baylor 74-70 on Tuesday at Ferrell Center in Waco. Northwestern also got double-digit contributions from Reggie Hearn (17), Dave Sobolewski (13), Jared Swopshire (12) and Alex Olah (10).

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Big Ten Geeks: Longing for the Bubble

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Purdue isn’t used to this. Under Matt Painter, only once have we seen the Boilermakers struggle, and that was in Painter’s understandably rebuidling 2005-06 season, which managed only a 9-19 record in the wake of Carl Landry’s knee injury that kept him off the court for the majority of the season. Since then, Purdue has won no fewer than 22 games a season. It didn’t matter if the team was relying on freshmen, whether it was short, or whether key players were lost to injuries. Painter somehow kept the whole thing going.

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Northwestern falls to UIC

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Reggie Hearn And-1

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 Josh Crittle’s go-ahead basket with 53 seconds remaining helped UIC to a 50-44 upset of Northwestern on Saturday. Crittle finished with a team-high 13 points, and Gary Talton’s two free throws with 29 seconds left sealed the win for the Flames (6-1). The Wildcats committed 16 turnovers and were just 10 of 20 from the free-throw line.

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Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosier fans cheer during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

UNC at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results.

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Clothes Call: Check out these Northwestern shoes

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When it was announced last week that Maryland was joining the Big Ten, I predicted Under Armour would come up with some crazy uniforms for future Maryland-Northwestern football games. Turns out, we didn’t have to wait until 2014 for it. Under Armour, which outfits both schools, designed some crazy shoes that select players wore during Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

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Future Big Ten member Maryland downs Northwestern

Nov 27, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Maryland Terrapins center Shaquille Cleare (44) and Northwestern Wildcats guard Drew Crawford (1) go for a loose ball during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Maryland at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a 77-57 win on Tuesday night. A week after Maryland announced it would leave the ACC and join the Big Ten in 2014, the Terrapins and Wildcats faced off in a preview of future conference foes and one of 12 contests in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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