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12-21-11 Big Ten Hoops Player Rankings

Indiana's Cody Zeller

Tim Hardaway Jr.: One-on-One

The start of the Big Ten men’s hoops season is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact, Minnesota-Illinois (BTN) and Wisconsin-Nebraska tip off the conference slate. With the holiday break here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

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Big Ten Geeks: Illini Offense Broken

Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before:

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Did You See This? Purdue's Anthrop

Purdue's Dru Anthrop

Dru Anthrop pulls of a Balancing Act

It was garbage time, there was little reason to watch, and then little-used Purdue reserve Dru Anthrop gave us some excitement in the final seconds of Purdue’s 81-56 victory over IPFW. Anthrop had just saved the ball from going out of bounds, when his momentum took him off the floor and would have put him into the expensive seats, if not for some serious athleticism and balance. Anthrop jumped onto a scorer’s table, kept going toward the fans and landed on a railing, where he somehow gained his balance. Tony Hawk would have been impressed.

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Did You See This? Purdue's Hummel

Purdue's Robbie Hummel

Hummel ends half with a slam

Have any doubts whether Purdue senior Robbie Hummel is healthy from his two major knee surgeries? Yeah, um, Hummel showed just how good he’s feeling with an athletic play to end the first half of Tuesday’s game against IPFW. It looked as though Kelsey Barlow was going to end the half with a running layup, but the ball caromed off the rim, and Hummel, who never gave up on the play, was there for the thunderous putback, milliseconds before the buzzer sounded. The refs reviewed the play, but as you can tell, it was good. Watch the putback now.

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Dec. 20 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Hummel ends half with a slam

Purdue took care of IPFW (recap) and No. 2 Ohio State topped Lamar (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Tuesday night, while Nebraska nipped Central Michigan (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and video in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call in Columbus, and we posted his best calls from the Ohio State win. Check out our archive of Johnson’s latest calls. Did you see Robbie Hummel’s thunderous putback to end the first half tonight? If not, watch it now.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

Michigan's Trey Burke

Aaron Craft: One-on-One

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. Also, watch our interview with Aaron Craft, whose Buckeyes host Lamar at 8:30 ET Tuesday on BTN.

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