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What a night! Catch up on Big Ten hoops action

Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post. INDIANA 73, LIU-BROOKLYN 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Will Sheehey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left to lead Indiana past pesky LIU-Brooklyn 73-72 on Tuesday. Indiana (2-0) continued its home mastery against non-conference foes barely

Ten Big Ten stars listed on Wooden preseason top 50

The Big Ten placed a nation’s best 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, released Tuesday. Michigan State led the way with three players (Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne), while Michigan (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III) and Ohio State (Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross) also made the list. A freshman made the cut, too. See all the representatives in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks 2013-14 Season Preview Part I | Part II ] INDIANA Noah Vonleh, Fr., F/C INSTANT REPLAY: @IndianaMBB's Noah Vonleh grabs board, takes it length of court

Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview Back & Forth, Part II

We resume our season preview back-and-forth, with Mike answering Josh’s question about Wisconsin–is this team becoming the Atlanta Braves of college basketball? Always a good team, always in the postseason, but never a real threat to win it all? (Part one can be found here.) Mike: It feels that way, doesn’t it? Most programs would kill to have the kind of consistent success enjoyed in Madison, but style-of-play complaints end up putting the Badgers under the microscope. Therefore, any time Wisconsin doesn’t get as far in the NCAA tournament as it should, the result is used as validation of the

Watch Sam Thompson soar for two alley-oops

Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen, and the exciting and athletic Ohio State junior wasted no time adding to his impressive individual reel in Saturday’s season opener. Thompson hammered home a pair of big-time alley-oops in the team’s 89-50 win over Morgan State. Watch both alley-oops in this post. [ MORE: Watch Shannon Scott drain 3 straight 3-pointers ] INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: It's not an @OhioStateHoops game without a great Sam Thompson alley-oop. Thank you, Sam. WATCH – http://t.co/3fXfoqvATf — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) November 9, 2013 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Sam Thompson soars for one-handed alley-oop. @OhioStateHoops WATCH –

Video: Shannon Scott drains 3 straight treys

Ohio State’s Shannon Scott entered his junior season with a grand total of 12 3-pointers. In Saturday’s season opener vs. Morgan State, Scott hit a trio of early treys in succession, the first coming at the 19:03 mark and the final at 17:55. That’s three 3s in 1:08 of game time. Not bad for a guy who’s known for his defense. [ MORE: Watch Sam Thompson’s two alley-oops ] Watch it here, and watch other plays here. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: #Buckeyes Shannon Scott hits 1, 2, 3 straight threes. @ohiostatehoops WATCH – http://t.co/Toj5IdmI2y — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) November 9, 2013

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 photo of well-known rapper Macklemore wearing an Ohio State basketball jersey during a performance. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Here's Macklemore wearing an Ohio State basketball jersey. http://t.co/SCMY8qSbXd — Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 7, 2013 Our take: Maybe he got it at the thrift shop? From earlier today: The 25 Most Intriguing Players

Top 10 Plays from B1G exhibition games

Can you feel it ladies and gentlemen? College basketball is officially here. The Big Ten basketball regular season is scheduled to kick off Friday night with a full-slate of action. But let’s not forget how entertaining the past two weeks of exhibition hoops have been. We have seen everything from dunks, to blocks to a freshman guard scoring seven points in a span of 37 seconds. With that said, let’s go ahead and count down the top 10 plays from this year’s Big Ten exhibition games. [ MORE: BTN.com Big Ten hoops mock draft ] 10. Michigan freshman guard Derrick

BTN.com's Big Ten hoops mock draft results

The Big Ten men’s basketball season officially tips off Friday night. Before the ball goes into the air, the BTN.com team thought it would be fun to hold a Big Ten mock draft. Our draft consisted of five teams and six rounds, and we all selected a starting 5 and one “reserve,” which could be any player. Here are some specifics before getting to the teams. The draft included BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina, BTN.com editor Sean Merriman, BTN.com video operations coordinator Wesley White and Big Ten Geeks writer Josh Reed. It went in alphabetical

Big Ten Geeks: Ohio State 2013-14 Preview

Last season, the Ohio State basketball program just kept on rolling. Its run to the Elite 8 made it four straight seasons that the Buckeyes reached the Sweet Sixteen or beyond. Now, in the final go-round for Aaron Craft, will Ohio State be good enough to do it again? On the offensive end, the problem is obvious and considerable: replace Deshaun Thomas. Statistically, Thomas was absolutely dominant before leaving for a pro career. He took a full third of Ohio State’s shots while he was on the floor, and he rarely left the court. Sure, Thomas was a chucker that

Video: Watch Sam Thompson's inbound alley-oop

Attention, Ohio State opponents: Make sure to account for Sam Thompson on each and every inbound pass under the Ohio State basket. We’ve said it so many times during Thompson’s career, but the high-flying junior soared for another one of his trademark inbound alley-oops in Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Walsh. And, just like the handful or so before it, this one was pretty. [ MORE: Watch all of Sunday’s Big Ten exhibition highlights ] INSTANT REPLAY: Inbound pass + @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson = ridiculous alley-oop. #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/3WLZSqhVF6 — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) November 3, 2013 A few