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Big Ten Geeks: Spartan Shooting

In the first epic clash of the conference season, Michigan State held serve at home against a relentless Ohio State team. Does this give the Spartans the inside track on the Big Ten title? Let’s dive in. In a lot of ways, this was a tough game to figure. MSU fans can point to the fact that their team led nearly the entire game, and that Michigan State’s ability to build a 17-point lead over the first 31:58 of game time is indicative of who is the better team. FIRST 31:58 OF REGULATION Points Possessions Efficiency Ohio State 38 51

Court Pass: Live from Penn State & Wisconsin

Leading up to both mens’s basketball games on BTN/BTN2Go tonight, we’re launching another installment of Court Pass, our live online camera delivering exclusive pregame video. Thirty minutes before Minnesota at Penn State tips off at 7 p.m. ET, we turn on our cameras at the arena. We do it again at 8:30 p.m., or thirty minutes before Wisconsin takes on visiting Illinois at 9 p.m. ET. How can you watch? Just make sure you have BTN2Go, then click on in to watch the action. And if you like, you can watch either game live on BTN2Go, too. [ MORE: Daily

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Penn State Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard

B1G Whiteboard: Who else is pumped for OSU-MSU?

One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday. This week, all eyes will be on the Breslin Center in East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Ohio State in a monster league game. Here’s a breakdown of the week ahead. GAME OF THE WEEK: Ohio State

Big Ten Geeks: Did Fran lose it?

The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory. VIDEO: #Hawkeyes Fran McCaffery addresses ejection in postgame presser – http://t.co/AlHFDt79LY — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 6, 2014 But is that true? Iowa held an 11-point lead at halftime, and up until the technical (which were assessed before Nigel Hayes could attempt his free throws on a foul called just prior), Wisconsin was closing fast. If we

Video: Tempers flare in Champaign, Newbill gets ejected

Tempers flared in the second half of the Penn State-Illinois game, and the scuffle led to an extended delay and the ejection of Penn State guard D.J. Newbill. The mix-up occurred when Kendrick Nunn collided with Newbill on his way up the court after driving for an Illini bucket. Newbill didn’t take kindly to the collision and swung his left hand into the back of Nunn’s head. The two players had to be separated. Watch the scuffle in this post. [ MORE: Video: Illinois honors Flyin’ Illini at halftime ] VIDEO: Tempers just flared in the #PennState at #Illini game,

B1G roundup: Illinois, MSU, OSU move to 2-0

Illinois, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 3 Ohio State all improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with convincing victories Saturday. The Illini took down Penn State, 75-55, the Spartans won at Indiana, 73-56, and the Buckeyes rolled past Nebraska, 84-53. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 75, PENN STATE 55 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead four Illinois players in double figures as the Illini defeated Penn State 75-55 on Saturday. Illinois (13-2,

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a current NFL star serving as a guest coach for Illinois basketball. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Drake being on our sideline is absolutely awesome. Only at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/CtrVnKPxt8 — Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) January 3, 2014 Our take: Celebs have been out in full force this Big Ten Bowl season. Guest coach for

Week in Review: Who's up & down in Big Ten?

It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in. Stay in touch with me via my BTN .com mailbox – I get lots of mail and it’s fun to hear from fans. Let’s keep it civil and let’s keep it fun.

Big Ten Geeks: Wolverines Win in the Barn

Thursday brought conference openers for the four Big Ten teams that didn’t get going on New Year’s Eve. One game was a laugher, and one was a barn burner. Let’s dive right in. In a fantastic basketball game, Michigan came away with a hard-fought road victory at Minnesota. This one was tight the whole way, as neither team managed a double digit lead at any point. The Wolverines got a huge boost from their bench, with freshman Zak Irvin going 5-of-8 from three for 15 points, and big man Jon Horford posting 14 points and nine rebounds. Those nice contributions aside,