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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

Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

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. The night’s marquee game was Indiana vs. North Carolina, and the nation’s number one team did not disappoint. The Hoosiers were  a double-digit favorite, so the fact that they won was not a surprise, but the manner in which they won was mighty impressive. For much of the first half, it was a back-and-forth game, with neither team really playing their best. Indiana closed the half on a run to take a

Clothes Call: Check out these Northwestern shoes

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. [USAToday.com: Maryland, Northwestern’s ridiculous sneakers] In a word, wow! Those almost look more like something a wrestler would wear than a basketball player. But, hey, the insole makes up for it.  Check it out: Yep, Under Armour wants to make

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

Future Big Ten member Maryland downs Northwestern

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. [RELATED: Clothes Call: Check out the shoes Maryland & Northwestern wore Tuesday] Maryland (5-1) led 28-26 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half, scoring on its first 10

Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview, Part One

Time for our season preview! As is BTG custom, Mike and I discuss the season as only we know how—long-windedly. Josh: OK, so we’re a couple weeks in, and the Big Ten still looks like the nation’s best conference. Miles ahead of everyone else. I have the Big Ten winning the Challenge, easily. So with the Big Ten so good, does the “8 and 10 and In” campaign start now? Mike: I’ve wondered the same thing. Illinois has looked quite good, and Pomeroy still has the Illini projected to go 8-10 in the conference. You’d like to believe that the mantra of

Stanford vs Minnesota

Hoops roundup: Minnesota outlasts Stanford

It wasn’t just a Saturday full of Big Ten football. Four Big Ten men’s hoops teams were in action, as well. Minnesota and Wisconsin beat Stanford and Arkansas, respectively, with the former’s coming in overtime. Catch up on all the ction and stats in this post, plus get in-game updates. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | WATCH B1G DUNKS ] MINNESOTA 66, STANFORD 63: BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Minnesota needed one final shot by

Defense helps send Northwestern to win

Northwestern held TCU to 13-of-49 shooting, as defense led the Wildcats to a 55-31 victory on Friday at South Padre Island Convention Center in South Padre Island in the South Padre Island Invitational. Northwestern (5-0) held TCU (4-2) to 27 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well. Northwestern led 11-10 in the first before it widened the margin to 14 points with a 19-6 run that ended with 16:56 in the game. Jared Swopshire gave the Wildcats a boost, thanks to 15

Boise State at Michigan State

Tuesday hoops roundup: MSU holds off Boise State

It was a busy day on the Big Ten men’s hardwood Tuesday, as six teams were in action. No. 19 Michigan State got a scare from Boise State but held on for a 74-70 win at the Breslin Center. Track all of tonight’s action, get live updates and watch in-game highlights in this post. Use these links to enhance the game experience: [ SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | ALL RAPID RECAPS | WATCH B1G DUNKS ] ILLINOIS 84, CHAMINADE 61: BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Behind a solid offensive effort, Illinois defeated Chaminade 84-61 on Tuesday at Lahaina Civic Center in

Big Ten Geeks: Regarding Rutgers

Yesterday, it was Maryland. Today, it’s Rutgers. With today’s news, the Big Ten is primed to become a 14-team conference starting in 2014-15. While Big Ten basketball fans have at least some familiarity with Maryland’s hoops tradition, not much is known about these Scarlet Knights. Let’s take a look at what Rutgers brings to the conference from a hoops perspective. Clearly, not all (any?) conference expansions are driven by basketball. On the football side of things, the Scarlet Knights have been solid for some time and are currently 18th in the BCS standings. It’s not hard to see why the

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Big Ten Geeks: Regarding Maryland

With the news that Maryland will be joining the Big Ten in 2014, there are all sorts of implications to evaluate. Maintaining our narrow perspective of Big Ten basketball, let’s take a look at what the addition might mean strictly on the hardcourt. Maryland has a proud basketball tradition, with the pinnacle coming in the form of the 2002 national championship squad led by Juan Dixon. Otherwise, Maryland has made only one other Final Four (2001) and hasn’t reached the Sweet Sixteen since 2003. Even making the Big Dance has become a bit of a struggle for the Terrapins, who have

Will Carmody ever take Northwestern to the Dance?

Today’s point/counterpoint is more like point/point. Sorry, Northwestern fans. Point: No. Look, this isn’t a big knock on Carmody. Taking Northwestern to the NCAA Tournament is something that no coach has ever done. And there really isn’t much of an argument against the idea that Bill Carmody is the best basketball coach in the school’s history. He plainly is. But for all that Carmody’s teams do well (offense, shooting), they are consistently plagued by the same defensive issues year after year. Every season, Northwestern is shredded in the interior: Big Ten Ranking: Season Opponent 2-Point Percentage Opponent Offensive Rebounding Percentage