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Big Ten Geeks: Christmas Wishlist, Part II

Continuing the discussion of what each team could use this holiday season. Part one here. Nebraska (6-2) Already, Tim Miles has been successful in installing parts of his system. His Colorado State and North Dakota State teams dutifully cleaned the glass on defense, and we’re seeing similar results with the Huskers (a cynic would point out that defensive rebounding was a relative strength for Nebraska last year as well. To the cynic—stop being such a Scrooge.). But the team hasn’t been as quick to adopt Miles’ affinity for attacking the basket. In each of his last three seasons, Miles’ Colorado

December 12, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Evan Ravenel (30) tries to shoot under pressure from Savannah State Tigers forward Jyles Smith (44) at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Ohio State dismantles Savannah State

Deshaun Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first half and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 on Wednesday night. LaQuinton Ross added 13 points, Shannon Scott had 12 and Evan Ravenel 11 for the Buckeyes (7-1), who are three games into an eight-game homestand that will carry them all the way through the Big Ten opener against Nebraska on Jan. 2. Arnold Louis led Savannah State (5-5) with 14 points. The Tigers came in relying on their stingy defense. They were allowing only 53.0 points a

Big Ten Geeks: Should basketball use divisions?

With the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams, there is an open question as to whether basketball should go to divisions. Here’s our take on it. Josh: Now that the Big Ten is expanding to 14 teams, should basketball follow the lead of football and go with two divisions? Well, we can first look to a case study—the SEC. Up until this season, the SEC used a two-division format for basketball, splitting up the conference tournament by East and West. This season, the coaches voted to scrap that model, instead opting for seeding the teams based purely on conference record.

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Zeller, Indiana top Big Ten Power Rankings

A month-plus into the men’s basketball season, it’s time to debut the Big Ten Power Rankings. With six teams landing in the top 19 of the latest major polls, it’s not an easy task to rank the top half of the conference. Indiana and Michigan are the top two teams so far, but what about after that? See my complete rankings in this post. 1. Indiana, 9-0 – The nation’s deepest team is about to welcome highly touted freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin – both opened season on suspension – to a rotation that already goes 10 deep. [RELATED:

Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean:  Listen to Coach McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:  Listen to Coach Chambers:  Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Coach Beilein:  Listen to Coach Matta: 

December 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) scores over the top of Long Beach State 49ers forward Dan Jennings (35) and guard/forward Kris Gulley (0) in the second half at Value City Arena. Ohio State won the game 89-55. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Watch Sam Thompson's Saturday dunk-a-thon

Only a sophomore, Sam Thompson has plenty of individual highlights ahead of him. Thing is, the high-flying Buckeye may have a difficult time topping the highlight reel he directed in Saturday’s rout of Long Beach State. Thompson made a living high above the rim, throwing down a pair of impressive alley-oops and slamming home an inbound pass. Watch Thompson dunk the inbound pass now, and see his two alley-oops in this post. As for the poke on the inbound pass, this is nothing new for Thompson. At some point, teams will learn to keep him away from the paint on

December 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Long Beach State 49ers guard Mike Caffey (5) steals the ball from Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Ohio State pummels Long Beach State

Deshaun Thomas had 18 points to lead No. 7 Ohio State past tired Long Beach State 89-55 on Saturday. LaQuinton Ross had 16 points in a reserve role, Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14, and Sam Thompson had 13 for the Buckeyes (6-1), who built a 42-point lead before experimenting with different lineup combinations. [RELATED: Watch Sam Thompson’s Saturday Dunk-A-Thon] Dan Jennings scored 16 points and James Ennis had 12 for the 49ers (3-6), who have dropped three straight. They lost at No. 4 Syracuse 84-53 on Thursday before taking on another top-10 team just over 40 hours later. Up by

Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) leans back after dunking the ball as his team plays Cornell Big Red at the Kohl Center. The basket did not count. Wisconsin defeated Cornell 73-40. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Geeks: Four weeks in & what do we know?

With the volume of competitive games slowing considerably this week, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the first four weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season. In bullet point format, here’s what I’ve found interesting so far: Jared Berggren is an NBA player. This statement could prove a bit premature, as Berggren has struggled with conference play in his career, but Wisconsin’s senior center has been off the charts. Berggren is shooting 65 percent on twos, 41 percent on threes, and 84 percent on free throws, all while dominating the offensive glass and rarely

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Full slate of hoops action on BTN/BTN2Go

Basketball roars ahead on the BTN as we air five men’s games Saturday beginning with a noon ET tip off between No. 7 Ohio State and Long Beach State. At 2 p.m. ET, No. 17 Michigan State hosts Loyola, then Penn State hosts Army at 4 p.m. All of BTN’s televised games are available on BTN2Go. At 6 p.m., top-ranked Indiana hosts Central Connecticut before Northwestern takes on Butler at 8 p.m.. After that game, Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Scoonie Penn bring you highlights and analysis on the wrap-up show. And if you missed it this week, BTN went inside the

Ohio State to get new floor at Value City Arena

The Ohio State basketball teams will have a late present waiting for them when they return to the hardwood following the winter holiday. According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist, Value City Arena is getting a new floor that will be ready after Christmas. The design rivals that of Illinois’, particularly the school logo at midcourt superimposed over an outline of the state of Ohio. Ohio State fans should enjoy this new feature, because it was a staple at St. John Arena. No, it’s not the same logo as the one in the old gym, but it’s a modern nod