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Big Ten Geeks: Runnin' Badgers & Escapin' Boilermakers

Most of the Big Ten cruised to easy wins over cupcakes—with one notable exception—but the Wisconsin Badgers faced a formidable challenge against St. John’s. The Red Storm was mediocre last year, but the team returned everyone, including a healthy dose of rising sophomores. The team is expected to be much-improved, much like Wisconsin’s offense. And the Badgers definitely were better on the offensive end, scoring 1.32 points per possession, which was very out-of-character for last year’s team. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the defense was just as unrecognizable. Of course, there’s a legitimate point to be

Watch Friday night Big Ten hoops highlights

Nine Big Ten men’s basketball teams opened their 2013-14 seasons Friday night, including No. 2 Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan, and every team emerged victorious. Watch all of the top highlights and get scores, stats and recaps for all of the games in this post. Illinois 80, Alabama State 63 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in his debut to lead Illinois to a season-opening 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday. Rice is a Champaign native but spent two seasons at Drake before transferring to Illinois (1-0). INSTANT

Video: Did you see that wild Purdue finish?

How close was Purdue to possibly dropping its season opener to Northern Kentucky on Friday? Answer: Really close. The Boilermakers denied Northern Kentucky on three potential game-winning buckets in the final seconds to hold on for the 77-76 win. Strong defense, indeed. But, make no mistake, it was closer than any Purdue fans had envisioned. Watch the wild finish in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Mad scramble & a frenzied finish for @Boilerball. How close was it? WATCH – — Purdue on BTN (@BTN_Purdue) November 9, 2013 Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, these video segments are great football moments clipped

Top 10 Plays from B1G exhibition games

Can you feel it ladies and gentlemen? College basketball is officially here. The Big Ten basketball regular season is scheduled to kick off Friday night with a full-slate of action. But let’s not forget how entertaining the past two weeks of exhibition hoops have been. We have seen everything from dunks, to blocks to a freshman guard scoring seven points in a span of 37 seconds. With that said, let’s go ahead and count down the top 10 plays from this year’s Big Ten exhibition games. [ MORE: Big Ten hoops mock draft ] 10. Michigan freshman guard Derrick

Big Ten Geeks: Purdue 2013-14 Preview

It was a frustrating and disappointing season for Purdue basketball. For just the second time in the Matt Painter era, the Boilermakers missed the NCAA tournament, and they really weren’t even that close. Will things be better this time around? First, let’s look at our standard preview numbers for the Boilermakers: 2013 Record 16-18 (8-10) Conference Offensive Efficiency 0.98 (9th) Conference Defensive Efficiency 1.04 (9th) Percentage of Conference Minutes Returning 60% Percentage of Conference Minutes Played by Returning Freshmen 40% Purdue returns a middling amount of minutes overall, but that preponderance of minutes going freshman-to-sophomore points to meaningful improvement. Those's Big Ten hoops mock draft results

The Big Ten men’s basketball season officially tips off Friday night. Before the ball goes into the air, the team thought it would be fun to hold a Big Ten mock draft. Our draft consisted of five teams and six rounds, and we all selected a starting 5 and one “reserve,” which could be any player. Here are some specifics before getting to the teams. The draft included senior writer Tom Dienhart, senior editor Brent Yarina, editor Sean Merriman, video operations coordinator Wesley White and Big Ten Geeks writer Josh Reed. It went in alphabetical

Video: Watch Monday exhibition hoops highlights

BTN aired a half-dozen Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition games Monday night. As expected, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue all cruised to easy tune-up home wins. We published all the best highlights from the busy night on the hardwood in this post. MICHIGAN 79, WAYNE STATE (MI) 60 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Like watching Glenn Robinson III fly? You'll love these @umichbball plays. WATCH – — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) November 5, 2013 MICHIGAN STATE 83, INDIANA (PA) 45 INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS: If you like dunks, you will love this @MSU_Basketball highlight reel. Watch! – — Big Ten

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 great Mike Ditka costume. Is it Ohio State coach Urban Meyer? You be the judge. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Urban as Ditka. Amazing. RT @spinnershells: Look who showed up at our house tonite!!! Recognize this guy?? — Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) November 1, 2013 Our take: Is this Urban Meyer or not?

Sights & Sounds: Best of 2013 Big Ten Media Day

Big Ten Basketball Media Day was a chance for the media to be introduced to some of the top players and the coaches around the conference. It was also a chance take in all the sights and sounds around the Big Ten, and there were plenty of good ones. With that said, here is a rundown of the best moments from Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. [ More: Media Day: One-on-one with the Big Ten’s best ] Best dressed: Shavon Shields, Nebraska Shavon Shields is a candidate for best dressed @ #B1GMediaDay. Pinstripe suit, Nebraska Red tie and hipster glasses.

Toughest venue? Best uniform? See what B1G stars say

The city of Chicago was filled with college basketball’s best on Thursday as the top players and coaches from around the Big Ten gathered at the annual Big Ten Media Day. It was a chance to ask some out-of-the-norm questions and find out who really are the best personalities around the Big Ten. I conducted a Big Ten poll, asking one player from every team a series of five questions. See what they had to say here in this post. Editors note: Player responses are anonymous. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/city/uniform/coach in their answers. [ More: Hoosiers reload with