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Saturday's 'Journey' explores PSU's guard tandem

This week’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” debuts Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go and focuses on several new stories, including how Penn State’s DJ Newbill and Tim Frazier have become one of the nation’s most dynamic backcourts. Also Saturday, learn how Canadian phenom Nik Stauskas was home-schooled in basketball by his father on a court he built. Plus, meet Ohio State junior guard Shannon Scott and learn about his unique and historic basketball lineage. Our show will also have our usual beautifully shot game highlights from Penn State at Michigan and Ohio State at Minnesota.

Early look at NCAA Tournament mock brackets

It’s mid-January. Seems like a good time to start taking a look at some mock NCAA brackets. Things are looking good for Wisconsin and Michigan State, which are primed to be No. 1 seeds. Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State also are solid tourney teams for now. But teams like Minnesota and Indiana may bob in and out of these mock brackets all winter. First, there’s Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, my personal favorite because he’s a Purdue grad who studied computers and played in the All-American Marching Band. And, I know how smart those guys are, having gone to Purdue myself.

Survey says: Big Ten's toughest player

Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference. [ MORE: Ups and Downs: Reviewing and Previewing Hoops ] Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Aaron Craft. Whether by design or accident, he takes more bumps than a pinball — at both ends. Seth Gruen, Chicago Sun-Times: Keith Appling. Smallest guy on the floor and

Ups & downs: Reviewing & previewing hoops

It’s time for my Big Ten basketball 3-Pointers, my look back at the week that was in the Big Ten—with a sneak peek at what’s to come. It has been a good week to be Minnesota and Indiana. It hasn’t been such a good week to be Ohio State and Illinois. And if you’re Richard Pitno’s jacket from Thursday night, you had a little bit of good and bad this week. Read on, Big Ten fans! Three Stocks to Buy: 1. Minnesota. Dinkytown residents probably woke up this morning to hear chants of “Ski-U-Mah!” Why not? Minnesota looks legit after

Big Ten Geeks: The Gophers arrive

Minnesota picked up a huge resume win over Ohio State, 63-53 in 63 possessions. The story of this game was on the interior, where Elliott Eliason made his presence felt on both ends. The bearded big man went 6-for-8 on twos, leading a Gopher attack that scored a point per trip despite a bad night from the perimeter. Minnesota’s poor three-point shooting and bad turnover rate weren’t a huge surprise, given the defensive strength of the Buckeye backcourt, but the Gophers’ ability to score inside was unexpected. %Shots at rim %Shots 2pt J %Shots 3pt Ohio State 18% 51% 31%

Richard Pitino tosses jacket, draws first technical foul

It was freezing cold outside in Minneapolis on Thursday night, but tempers got red hot inside the Barn during the second half of Minnesota’s upset of No. 11 Ohio State. Play began to get chippy midway through the second half as Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross got tied up with Minnesota forward Oto Osenieks. Ross proceeded to shove Osenieks, which led to Minnesota coach Richard Pitino throwing his sport coat into the crowd and being called for his first technical foul as the Gophers’ head coach. VIDEO: Minnesota coach Richard Pitino gets a technical and throws his sport coat into

Gophers send Buckeyes to third straight loss

Richard Pitino notched his first signature win at Minnesota as the Gophers upset No. 11 Ohio State 63-53 on Thursday night in Minneapolis. The victory marked Minnesota’s first win against a ranked opponent this season, while Ohio State dropped its third straight game for the first time since 2009. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MINNESOTA 63, OHIO STATE 53 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a Nebraska football helmet poking fun at the Texas logo. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: New addition to the helmet for the game #hornsdown pic.twitter.com/dM3yGewxVL — Jeremiah Sirles (@Sirles71_HSKR) January 16, 2014 Our take: Think Nebraska has completely forgotten about those Big 12 rivalries? 2018 on an island? I guess I can say …..

Former OSU star Greg Oden returns with huge dunk

No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American. Prior to Wednesday night, Oden had not scored a single point in an NBA game since December 2009. Well, good news Buckeyes fans — The streak is over! Oden tallied in six points and grabbed two rebounds in eight minutes of action Wednesday night. Four of those six points

Appling, Craft earn midseason All-American honors

BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy and Sporting News coworker Ryan Fagan recently teamed up to create their midseason All-American Teams. Two Big Ten stars, both point guards, earned recognition, as Michigan State’s Keith Appling landed on the second team and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft found a spot on the third team. See what they say about both players in this post. [ MORE: See Sporting News’ full midseason All-American teams ] SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling “The conventional wisdom that a player can’t truly convert from a natural scorer to a point guard is being blown away nightly by Appling, who has