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Big Ten Mailbag: Is Michigan basketball for real?

It’s time for me to reach into my mail bag to answer your pressing questions. Basketball is on your mind. And that’s understandable, as we are in the heart of the season as I type this. So, let’s begin. [ MORE: Survey Says: Who is the Big Ten’s top newcomer ] Do you think that Michigan is for real? I really love watching the Wolverines play. – J.R. Rinehart Michigan is fun to watch, isn’t it? Making the success even more delicious is the fact no one expected this type of excellence from the Wolverines after they lost Trey Burke

Review & Preview: Every game is a Big Ten adventure

OK, are you as confused as I am? This week of upsets has turned the conference on its side and trashed most everything I thought I knew about the Big Ten. Penn State wins at Ohio State, Northwestern prevails at Wisconsin, and Nebraska dumps Indiana. And the Big Ten standings speak to that. But, hey, Michigan just keeps on winning. So, there’s a constant. Michigan State, too. Otherwise, hang on and buckle up for what could be wild February. Who will be the next upset victim? THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Michigan State. Just when it looked like injuries to

Big Ten Geeks: What Just Happened?

KenPom’s game probabilities gave Northwestern just a five percent chance of winning at Wisconsin, and it didn’t like Penn State’s chances of winning at Ohio State much better (nine percent). In one of the unlikeliest nights of Big Ten basketball you’ll ever see, both road underdogs pulled the upset, an outcome that had a combined probability of less than half a percent. How did this happen? Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria! For Penn State, the key was furious finish in which it scored 16 points on the final eight possessions of regulation. The Buckeyes had held a 10-point

Video: D.J. Newbill hits OT game-winner at Ohio State

Prediction: D.J. Newbill won’t soon forgot his performance in Wednesday night’s win at No. 23 Ohio State. Not only did Newbill score a game-high 25 points, but he hit the game-winner with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to help the Nittany Lions snap their 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Even better: Newbill beat all-world defender Aaron Craft on the final dagger. Watch the shot in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Enjoy this, @PennStateMBB fans! It's D.J. Newbill's gigantic OT game-winner. WATCH – http://t.co/wavYgpuZkS — Penn State on BTN (@BTN_Penn_State) January 30, 2014 Newbill also hit this big bucket late in

Northwestern, Penn State notch B1G upsets

Our Super Wednesday doubleheader was a wild one, filled with two huge Big Ten upsets. Penn State kicked off the action with a memorable 71-70 win over No. 23 Ohio State in overtime. Northwestern followed with another huge upset, a 65-56 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin. Catch up on all the scores, stats and in-game video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NORTHWESTERN 65, WISCONSIN 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the

Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season. And I have some questions—and answers–as we start to head down the backstretch. So, let’s hand it off to the Big Ten Answer Man. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten basketball standings ] Q: What are the best games in the second half of the season? A: Oh, there are several

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Will

Michigan State pulled out an impressive overtime win at Iowa despite the continued absence of Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. The gritty win was all about defense for the Spartans, as they held one of the nation’s top offenses to 1.01 points per trip at home. Iowa posted a lowly 40.6 effective field goal percentage, and it was entirely due to poor jump-shooting (data courtesy of Hoop-Math). IOWA % of Shots FG% At Rim 31.2 66.7 2pt Jumpers 43.8 23.8 3pt Shots 25.0 25.0 The Hawkeyes’ refusal to shoot the three can sometimes hold this offense back, and this was

Dienhart: Q&A with Penn State PG Tim Frazier

This season hasn’t gone as expected for Penn State, but it’s not because of a lack of effort by point guard Tim Frazier. The 6-1, 170-pound Frazier enters the week averaging 16.5 points, ranking seventh in the Big Ten for the 10-10 Nittany Lions. He also has a Big Ten-best 128 assists, averaging 6.4 per game. No other player in the conference has over 100. And Frazier is sixth in steals with 35. Want more? He averages 4.6 rebounds. Bottom line: There are few players more well-rounded or valuable to their team than Frazier, a product of Strake Jesuit in

Yarina: State of Big Ten hoops address

President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union Address tonight. That being the case, I thought I’d do something super-cheesy and address the state of each Big Ten men’s basketball team. See my take on all 12 teams in this post. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Editor’s note: Team records are through January 27 action. ILLINOIS (2-6) It’s hard to be successful when the shots aren’t falling, and the Illini can’t be accused of torching any nets across the Big Ten. How bad has it gotten? Illinois shoots 36.2 percent in

Ranking the Games: Michigan State at Iowa, and then....

The best Big Ten game this week is the first one, tonight in Iowa City when Michigan State visits Iowa. Each team is looking for a win to keep pace with Big Ten leader Michigan. The Wolverines beat each team last week, adding to the sense of urgency for both clubs. Here is my ranking of this week’s action. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Michigan State at Iowa, Tues., Jan. 28. This game has no peer this week. Each team lost to Michigan last week. So, a win is needed to keep