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Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

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Oladipo: Out of The Gate With a Dunk

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This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Geeks: It's Ola-doeverything for Indiana

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Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration.

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Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

Tim Miles

Thad Matta Coaches vs Cancer

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It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post.

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No. 15 Ohio State keeps Penn State winless

Sam Thompson

Ohio State at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Sam Thompson scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and No. 15 Ohio State took advantage of cold-shooting Penn State in a 65-51 victory Saturday. Deshaun Thomas added 11 points, well below his Big Ten-leading average of 20.5. Thompson picked up the slack against the Nittany Lions, who went 11-plus minutes of the first half without a field goal.

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Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Outlast Badgers

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Michigan State won a battle of attrition in frigid Madison, edging Wisconsin by a 49-47 score. The Spartans are now 5-0 in games decided by three points or less, and this win was especially fortunate. The Badgers did an excellent job on defense, forcing Michigan State to take an abnormally high proportion of two-point jumpers:

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No. 15 Ohio State holds off Iowa, 72-63

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Ohio State

Iowa at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and No. 15 Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday night. Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.

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