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Sunday B1G hoops roundup: Badgers improve to 15-0

Ben Brust scored a game-high 19 points as Wisconsin remained perfect with an impressive 75-71 come-from-behind victory over Iowa on Sunday night. In other Big Ten action, Michigan ran past Northwestern, 74-51, while Minnesota edged Purdue, 82-79. Catch up on all action in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Tournament Sweepstakes ] WISCONSIN 75, IOWA 71  | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Ben Brust scored 19 points and No. 4 Wisconsin remained unbeaten with a 75-71 victory over No. 22 Iowa on Sunday night. Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) matched the best start

This just in: Basil Smotherman likes to posterize foes

Basil Smotherman showed off his explosive hops early in the nonconference season with a driving, posterizing left-handed dunk vs. Rider. Believe it or not, the Purdue freshman went for a very similar dunk in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. Watch Smotherman posterize Austin Hollins here, plus see his dunk vs. Rider at the bottom of the post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Did you just miss Basil Smotherman's dunk? We recommend you check it out. @BoilerBall WATCH – http://t.co/V9OgO3ZLxV — Purdue on BTN (@BTN_Purdue) January 5, 2014 Here’s a USA TODAY Sports photo of the dunk: And here’s Smotherman’s dunk vs. Rider. Presented by

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,

Enter Trip to the Tournament sweepstakes

We’re back again with another great contest as the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Tournament Sweepstakes has launched in 2014. Enter at www.BTN.com/BWWcontest, and remember you can enter once a day. There’s a limit of one entry per person per e-mail address per day. Nine prize winners will be selected – eight weekly winners and one grand prize winner. The weekly prize is a $100 gift card to the BTN online store and the grand prize is a trip for two to the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Read more in the official rules. And then enter right

Throwback Thursday Q&A: Purdue's Chris Kramer

BTN.com recently caught up with former Purdue guard and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kramer. Kramer, who played at Purdue from 2006-2010 and has since spent time in the NBA Development League and Puerto Rico, is in his second season with EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany). See his 2013-14 stats here. [ MORE: View Kramer’s pro profile | See Google pictures | Look back at his Purdue bio ] Check out our full email Q&A with the Purdue product below. BTN.com: We’ll start off really easy: What was your favorite part of playing at Purdue and in

Big Ten Geeks: Away we go

On the final day of 2013, two-thirds of the Big Ten got the conference season underway in entertaining fashion. Ohio State withstood a valiant effort from Purdue before pulling away for the road win. More than anything else, this game displayed the Boilermakers’ potential, as they played even with one of the nation’s top teams for long stretches. Purdue nearly managed to score a point per possession on the Buckeyes–a feat which has been accomplished only once this season–despite shooting 3-for-14 from three and getting a lackluster offensive game from A.J. Hammons. The supporting cast did a great job of making

B1G hoops roundup: OSU tops Purdue to stay perfect

That was a fun start to the Big Ten conference slate! No. 3 Ohio State held off Purdue, Illinois topped Indiana in overtime, No. 5 Michigan State rallied past Penn State, and No. 22 Iowa took down Nebraska. Catch up on all the action and get video highlight in this post. [ MORE: View Tuesday’s complete Big Ten schedule ] ILLINOIS 83, INDIANA 80 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Noah Vonleh swat + Will Sheehey transition slam = real nice @IndianaMBB highlight! WATCH – http://t.co/uLOmI7VRP6 — Indiana on BTN (@BTN_Indiana) December 31, 2013 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Just

BTN.com's nonconference honors, teams

With the nonconference season now in the books, BTN.com’s basketball panel decided to release its best of the 2013 nonconference season. From superlative honors to All-Big Ten teams, our guys offer their picks.  See it all in this post. Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your picks in the submission box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Big Ten Geeks hand out nonconference report cards ] BIGGEST SURPRISE (TEAM) Wisconsin. We knew the Badgers would be good. Bo Ryan is still the coach, after all. But not a single person thought they would enter Big Ten play with

Ranking the games: Will anything top Iowa at Wisconsin?

There are 12 games this week to open the Big Ten season. And many of the matchups will go a long way toward shaping the race, with Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin being the headliner. In fact, it could be one of the better games of the season. Here’s a ranking of this week’s games. [ MORE: Get Dienhart’s preview to the opening week of Big Ten play ] 1. Iowa at Wisconsin, Sun., Jan. 5. A must-see early Big Ten game that won’t disappoint, right? The undefeated Badgers will pose a challenge for a deep and talented Hawkeyes’ club that