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Kansas tops Ohio State for third time in 12 months

Deshaun Thomas

Kansas at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals.

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Big Ten Geeks: Digging deeper on Illinois' offense

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The 2011-12 Illini would push their record to 15-3 with a win over Ohio State (you remember, the Brandon Paul game), and they climbed all the way to 22nd in the AP poll. What followed was a complete collapse–Illinois went 2-12 the rest of the way, and what had looked like a surefire at-large team ended up with no postseason appearance at all. Somehow, the Illini had covered the full range of possibilities we had covered in our 2011-12 season preview (hey, the Brandon Paul/Kemba Walker comparison doesn’t seem quite so insane now!). Could such a nosedive happen again?

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No. 7 Ohio State tops feisty Winthrop, 65-55

Aaron Craft

Winthrop at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points – missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another – to lead No. 7 Ohio State past Winthrop 65-55 on Tuesday night. It was the last tuneup for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday’s rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.

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Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1 team

November 12, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan (52) dunks the ball against the IUPUI Jaguars in the second half of a preseason NIT game at Crisler Center. Michigan won 91-54. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A Windmill Dunk by Thompson

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. There’s a new No. 1 team on the list following Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.

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Did You See This? Sam Thompson windmill slam

Sam Thompson

A Windmill Dunk by Thompson

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Of late, Sam Thompson is turning each Ohio State game into his personal highlight reel. There was this from Wednesday night, and this from last Saturday. Thompson dropped more jaws in Saturday afternoon’s 90-72 win over UNC Asheville, this time breaking out a windmill dunk on a fastbreak. Watch the dunk right here.

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