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Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

Brandon Paul

Burke Dunks in Final Seconds Against Razorbacks

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Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15.

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Gophers cruise, Wildcats fall on Friday

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UM-Kansas City at Minnesota - Women's Basketball Wrap-up

Behind a 29-point performance from Rachel Banham, the University of Minnesota (8-3) women’s basketball team cruised to an 87-49 victory over visiting UMKC (4-6) Friday night at Williams Arena. The sophomore made a career-high 11 field goals, including five from three-point range, while adding seven rebounds, five assists and a block in the win. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more basketball coverage.

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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

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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

Adreian Payne

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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