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Surprise, surprise - the Buckeyes are for real

Last night, Ohio State handled a very good Florida team–a squad that at least one astute observer has picked to win the National Championship–with relative ease. After a slow start, the Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points before finally winning by seven. Thad Matta’s team displayed the same strengths as a season ago–namely a high effective field goal percentage and a low turnover rate–but they also showed a new wrinkle: getting to the foul line. It’s extremely early, but Ohio State now has a free throw rate of 72 FTA per 100 FGA. For some perspective, the Buckeyes only eclipsed that number twice all of last season–and both times were against the hacktastic Hoosiers. Perhaps this increase in trips to the foul line shouldn’t be surprising given the players that are being replaced:

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Early Big Ten Hoops Thoughts

Ohio State's William Buford

Jordan Taylor: One-on-One

Every Big Ten men’s hoops team has played at least one game, and in today’s quick-to-judge world, we thought why not offer some initial thoughts on what we’ve seen through the first week of action. See Brent Yarina’s way-too-early Big Ten impressions in this post.

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Catch up on Monday's Hoops Action

Purdue's Anthony Johnson

High Point at Purdue - Men's Basketball Highlights

It was a busy night of Big Ten men’s hoops Monday. There were seven games, including Purdue barely topping High Point on BTN, and the Big Ten won all of them. Use our Big Ten scoreboard to catch up on all of the action and stats and watch all of the video highlights and analysis. Also, check out our feature on the renovations at Mackey Arena and watch our highlights from Purdue’s close scare now.

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Did You See This? Mackey Renovations

Purdue's Robbie Hummel

Mackey Arena Renovations

At halftime of Purdue’s victory over High Point on Monday night, we aired a quick feature that gave Big Ten fans a behind-the-scenes look at the newly renovated Mackey Arena. From the court to the weight room to the locker room, among several other things, there have been a number of improvements made to Purdue basketball’s home. Everything looks really good, too. Watch the feature, which also includes Boilers talking about Robbie Hummel’s return, now.

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The Journey: Dreams Come True

The piece from which this clip was taken was very interesting to edit.  In the full piece, we followed both Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore as they waited to hear their names called in the NBA draft.  The emotion you see in this clip is the result of a dream coming true, but was only part of the story.  Later that same night, Johnson found out Moore would also be drafted to the NBA … and would become a Boston Celtic. That’s just like Johnson!

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