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Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State outruns Wisconsin

In what amounted to an elimination game for a potentially shared Big Ten title, Michigan State steamrolled Wisconsin by 15 points. This game was certainly no work of art, as both teams struggled mightily to score in the half court set. The defense had the upper hand at both ends of the court, but the difference came in the form of Wisconsin live-ball turnovers. When the Spartans got steals, they were able to score in transition. Otherwise, the Badgers played their typical shut down defense–Michigan State scored only 0.77 points per trip in possessions that did not follow a steal.

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Vote: 2012-13 Ohio State Dunk of the Year

The Big Ten tournament bracket comes out Sunday night. Here at BTN.com, we’re trying something new around the release of the bracket that we hope Big Ten fans enjoy. It’s a bracket with 12 slots that features each team’s best dunk from the 2012-13 season. Watch Ohio State’s dunk of the year candidates in this post and vote for the slam that will represent the Buckeyes in our new tournament. [ RELATED: Vote for other teams’ Dunk of the Year ] Here’s how it works: BTN.com provides the finalists choices for all 12 teams. Big Ten fans will select the

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago. Now, all eyes will be on Ann Arbor, Mich., where Indiana plays Michigan at 4 p.m. ET. Win or lose, the Hoosiers already have a share of their first conference championship since 2001-02. A victory by the Hoosiers will clinch Indiana’s first outright Big

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Taking a close look at Big Ten title scenarios

Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title. The Hoosiers could have put a bow on their first outright Big Ten title since 1992-93 with a victory over the Buckeyes. It didn’t happen, as Indiana now has lost two of its last three games. Some wonder if the Hoosiers still will merit being the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. They may have to do some work

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Big Ten Geeks: Buckeyes break open title race

Ohio State shook up the Big Ten title race with an impressive victory at Indiana. This one was all about the Buckeyes’ defense, spearheaded by Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, as they held the Hoosiers to their second-lowest output of the season (Indiana actually scored slightly worse in the win at Iowa, albeit in a lot more possessions). The lifeblood of the Hoosiers’ offense–frequent trips to the foul line–was cut off by the foul-averse defense we’ve come to expect from Thad Matta’s teams, and Indiana shot a lowly 39 percent on twos to boot (thanks in no small part to

All-Big Ten team selection show airs Monday

BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards during the All-Conference Selection Show at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) will host the show alongside analyst Jim Jackson (@BTNJimJackson). Interviews from select award winners will also be included during the 30-minute program. The show will reveal All-Big Ten teams as selected by both the coaches and media. Coaches and media will select a Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. The coaches’ selections for Defensive Player and Sixth Man of the Year will also be announced. The show kicks off a

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What time are the Big Ten men's tourney games?

The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in Chicago this year. Looking for start times for all of the games? Look no further. BTN’s tournament coverage includes the first two games on Thursday and Game 7 and game 8 on Friday. Gus Johnson and Shon Morris will call each BTN game, with Stephanie White reporting from the sideline. This year the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago, the site of the inaugural event, for the first time since 2007. Throughout this season, the Big Ten has been widely regarded as the strongest conference in

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Defense helps No. 14 Ohio State upset No. 2 Indiana

Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft scored nine of Ohio State’s points in a decisive 11-2 run, leading the 14th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 2 Indiana 67-58 on Tuesday night. Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft added 15 as the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight. After clinching a share of its conference league title in 11 years with losses by Michigan State and Wisconsin on Sunday, the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) were trying to claim their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. They will have another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan. Cody Zeller scored 17 points

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Power Rankings: Penn State breaks out of cellar

It’s been a long time coming, and with Penn State’s upset of then-No. 4 Michigan, coupled with Northwestern’s continued struggles, the Nittany Lions have broken out of the cellar in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (25-4, 13-3) – Yogi Ferrell exploded for a career-high 19 points and added five assists in Saturday’s win over

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean: Listen to Coach McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody: Listen to Penn State Assistant Coach Brian Daly: Listen to Coach Painter: Listen to Coach Izzo: Listen to Coach Ryan: Listen to Coach