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2:00 PMIndiana at Penn St.Watch
3:00 PMNorth Carolina at NebraskaWatch
Tomorrow
1:00 PMSIUE at C. MichiganWatch
3:00 PMSIUE at PurdueWatch
5:00 PMC. Michigan at PurdueWatch
6:30 PMTennessee-Martin at PurdueWatch
9:00 PMQuinnipiac at Michigan St.Watch
Tuesday Dec 19
7:00 PMBinghamton at Penn St.Watch

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Big Ten letters! Fans ask about McCaffery, bowls

OK, the mail has been steadily streaming in. That makes sense since there has been a lot going on these days, what with the bowl season, hoops heating up and … oh, yes, Fran McCaffery! Let’s dig in and address the best of your questions and comments. And, as usual, thanks for writing! You can keep the notes coming at the bottom of this post. My piece on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his behavior in the Wisconsin game elicited many responses. Check out a few of them here. I’ve responded to them below. Is this a blog or a

BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. “Once again, the Big Ten Conference features some of the top teams in the nation,” said BTN Originals Coordinating Producer Bill Friedman “and The Journey will have our cameras rolling to capture the most compelling stories and to take the viewer courtside and into the locker

Big Ten Geeks: Spartan Shooting

In the first epic clash of the conference season, Michigan State held serve at home against a relentless Ohio State team. Does this give the Spartans the inside track on the Big Ten title? Let’s dive in. In a lot of ways, this was a tough game to figure. MSU fans can point to the fact that their team led nearly the entire game, and that Michigan State’s ability to build a 17-point lead over the first 31:58 of game time is indicative of who is the better team. FIRST 31:58 OF REGULATION Points Possessions Efficiency Ohio State 38 51

Why do we love Aaron Craft? Watch these clips

Aaron Craft is as polarizing as any current college basketball player. It’s a known fact. But, if you watch him on a nightly basis, it’s really hard to understand how fans can dislike the four-year Ohio State point guard. His effort in Tuesday night’s overtime loss at No. 5 Michigan State is the perfect example. Craft made a trio of plays that, if nothing else, should make every basketball fan respect him. [ MORE: Video: Izzone breaks out WWE-inspired Yes!” chant ] This is why coaches preach hustle. VIDEO: Hustle! Coaches always stress it. Aaron Craft showed us why. Check

No. 5 Michigan State holds off No. 3 Ohio State in OT

(AP) Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Ohio State entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I. MICHIGAN STATE 72, OHIO STATE 68 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY [ MORE: Video: Izzone breaks

Fun with numbers: MSU offense vs. OSU defense

The Big Ten currently possesses three of the top five teams in the nation. Two of them will collide tonight in East Lansing. No. 5 Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) hosts undefeated and No. 3 Ohio State (15-0, 2-0) in the programs’ first meeting as top five opponents, and the winner will remain perfect in the conference. This already marks the second top-five matchup of the season for the Spartans, who defeated then-No. 1 Kentucky on November 12. [ MORE: Big Ten Whiteboard: Get ready for the week ahead ] MSU Offense vs OSU Defense MSU Offense vs. OSU Defense (B1G

#BTNLive asks: The B1G's best men's team right now is ...?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts debate who is the best men’s basketball team in the Big Ten right now. What do you think? Vote for Ohio State, Wisconsin or Michigan State via the hashtags #BTNOSU, #BTNWisconsin and #BTNMSU. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNOSU #BTNWisconsin #BTNMSU  

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Penn State Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard

B1G Whiteboard: Who else is pumped for OSU-MSU?

One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday. This week, all eyes will be on the Breslin Center in East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Ohio State in a monster league game. Here’s a breakdown of the week ahead. GAME OF THE WEEK: Ohio State

Big Ten Geeks: Did Fran lose it?

The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory. VIDEO: #Hawkeyes Fran McCaffery addresses ejection in postgame presser – http://t.co/AlHFDt79LY — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 6, 2014 But is that true? Iowa held an 11-point lead at halftime, and up until the technical (which were assessed before Nigel Hayes could attempt his free throws on a foul called just prior), Wisconsin was closing fast. If we