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Dienhart: Big Ten Hoops Player Rankings

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s weekly Big Ten player rankings are in, with the same big men remaining at the head of the class. Those players, of course, are Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. But who is the Big Ten’s top guard? See Dienhart’s top 15 Big Ten players, plus his next 10, in this post. Also, get ready for Tuesday night’s slate of action with our Big Ten scoreboard. 1. Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State, So. – A man among boys, Sullinger is a lethal combination of talent and effort who never

Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

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. The latest national polls are out, as well. Where does your team land? And check out all of the Big Ten statistical leaders. 1. Michigan State (15-3, 4-1) – This stat from

Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship. Last week’s craziness began with Illinois shocking Ohio State behind Brandon Paul’s 43 points. Thursday saw Minnesota—winless in the Big Ten—dump Indiana. Then on Saturday, Michigan State had its 15-game winning streak end

Big Ten Geeks: At the turn

It’s certainly been an interesting start to the Big Ten season. Wisconsin looks vulnerable, Indiana looks much improved, and Minnesota is still fighting after losing its star. But what do that numbers say at the one-third mark? Below are the tempo free team statistics for the Big Ten. “PPP” refers to points per possession. Team    Offensive PPP       Defensive PPP       Efficiency Margin    Ohio State 1.12 0.87 0.25 Michigan State 1.15 0.98 0.17 Michigan 1.06 0.99 0.07 Purdue 1.06 1.04 0.02 Illinois 1.00 0.98 0.02 Wisconsin 0.99 0.97 0.02 Minnesota 1.02 1.05 -0.03 Northwestern 1.02 1.07

Dienhart: Who's Up & Down This Week

That was quite a week in Big Ten men’s basketball. When I wrote Monday about Wisconsin’s struggles, I didn’t imagine they’d shake it off at Purdue later in the week. Then I spoke with Jerry Palm and he told me the Big Ten had eight tourney teams as of right now – we’ll check back with him next week to see if that’s changed. The week got better when I attended the Illinois game and witnessed Brandon Paul’s amazing 43-point night. That will surely shake up my weekly Big Ten Player Rankings. Now it’s time for me to end the

Big Ten Geeks: A Bad Night for the Hoosier State

How do you break a Big Ten losing streak? Last night, the unlikely answer was to take a trip to snowy Indiana. Wisconsin and Minnesota got their seasons back on track with impressive wins in the Hoosier state. First, the Badgers used a return to shooting form and a bit of good fortune to snap Purdue’s 26-game home winning streak. Wisconsin’s offense was unstoppable in the early going, as the Badgers went uptempo (by their standards) and often took the first available open shot. The strategy worked, as Wisconsin made five of their first six attempts from deep and opened

Minnesota tops Indiana; Wisconsin drops Purdue

Minnesota survived a furious second-half comeback effort by Indiana in Bloomington to beat the Hoosiers 77-74 to win the Gophers’ first conference game of the season. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds. Have you seen our “Best of Gus Johnson” video calls yet? We’ve got some good ones from tonight. Earlier in another conference game, Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62. And we definitely be continued our ongoing feature “Did You See This?’ where BTN.com editors keep their

Say What? Watch These Big Ten Sound Bites

Our TV team took a look at the latest press conferences held by your Big Ten men’s coaches and then compiled this fun montage of sound bites. Can you feel the intensity coming through in every comment? Watch it now and tell us below which part you liked best. And remember: Each week we post the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches teleconferences for your convenience. Listen to your coaches talk with reporters from around the Big Ten.

Big Ten Geeks: The Brandon Paul Game

With an amazing 43-point performance from Brandon Paul, Illinois shocked Ohio State in Champaign. Coming in, this looked like a game that the Illini might hope to keep close with their defense, but it seemed unlikely that Bruce Weber’s struggling offense would be able to scrape together enough points against the nation’s top defense. That analysis went out the window once Paul got rolling. The athletic junior made plays all over the court, but his most obvious contribution was an incredible eight for 10 shooting performance from three. While it is true that Paul was shooting just 28 percent from

Halfway done: 2011-12 midway Big Ten honors

With every Big Ten basketball team having played anywhere between 15-17 games, we’ve reached the unofficial midway point of the 2011-12 season. Pretty soon it will be March, and that means the Big Ten tourney and NCAA tourney aren’t that far off. OK, they’re still two months away, but the first couple of months sure didn’t take long. Find Brent Yarina’s midway Big Ten honors in this post. Midway Player of the Year: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Midway Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana Midway Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Midway First Team G: Tim Frazier, Penn