Izzo gets No. 400; No. 3 Ohio State blasts Penn State

No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don’t forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes.

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Craft, Welch hit halfcourters...on alley-oop attempts

Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post.

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Vote: Thompson's best in-bound alley-oop

Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.

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One-on-One: ESPN's Stephen Bardo on Big Ten

The Big Ten race is starting to firm up—at least a little bit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin look like they may be the best teams in the league. But it’s too early to count out Indiana and Illinois. It’s gonna be a fun title chase to watch unfold.

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Big Ten Geeks: Mackey No Longer Impenetrable

Michigan picked up its first road win of the season in a hard fought two-point victory over Purdue. This was a mild upset, as Vegas had the homestanding Boilermakers favored by five points and KenPom had Purdue by four. This outcome certainly changes the season outlook for both squads.

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