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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 vs. Presbyterian

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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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Full slate of hoops action on BTN/BTN2Go

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Michigan State Halftime Locker Room Access

Basketball roars ahead on the BTN as we air five men’s games Saturday beginning with a noon ET tip off between No. 7 Ohio State and Long Beach State. At 2 p.m. ET, No. 17 Michigan State hosts Loyola, then Penn State hosts Army at 4 p.m.

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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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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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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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Big Ten Geeks: Longing for the Bubble

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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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