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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post. Illinois’ John Groce went with blue and orange Nikes, while staff went white and orange As mentioned above, Crean went with the tracksuit again: Iowa’s staff went with white and black Nikes Michigan’s staff went with white and blue low-top adidas shoes

Big Ten Geeks: Who are the Gophers?

I’ll admit—I’ve never truly forgiven Minnesota for 2010. Back in those days, when the internet was over, it was my opinion that the Gophers should have been contending for a Big Ten championship. I wasn’t even close, as Minnesota finished the season at 9-9, and squeaked into the NCAA Tournament (the Gophers barely had enough time to check into their hotel before Xavier dispatched of them in the first round). I’ve since taken an oath of sorts, which is that I can’t believe in Minnesota until the team sorts out the defense. The Gophers have never been all that good

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No. 3 Michigan holds off Purdue, 68-53

Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave No. 2 Michigan a boost on defense, helping the Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half for a 68-53 win Thursday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 in the next AP poll if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Duke, the current top-ranked team, lost Wednesday. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL

Did You See This? Crean, Painter star in commercial

Here’s something well worth your time. It’s a new Infiniti commercial that features ESPN’s Bill Raftery, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Purdue’s Matt Painter and Butler’s Brad Stephens as teammates in a Best Ball Scramble. Thing is, the rivals on the hardwood have a hard time understanding that they’re on the same team. It’s all in good fun, of course. Among the highlights: Crean steps on Painter’s ball in the rough and says, “Ohh, tough lie!” And Painter throws his ball at Crean’s while he’s teeing off, prompting Crean to say, “So, that’s how it’s going to be today?” The commercial is one

Glenn Robinson III

Big Ten dunks: A week's worth of slams

We continue to keep our eyes (and ears) open for Big Ten men’s basketball dunks all season, and there have been plenty. Michigan’s Glen Robinson III went 360 degrees last week, and Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren had his poster moment. Here now in this video clip is our weekly dunk-o-matic highlight reel. Don’t forget to find the best ones here, and then a whole bunch more broken out by team and by month over here. Here’s are the dunks for January 2013 so far: SCHOOL JANUARY DUNKS ILLINOIS Tracy Abrams finds Tyler Griffey for easy jam at Purdue Brandon Paul explodes for alley-oop

Listen to your Big Ten hoops coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions throughout the season right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean:   Listen to Coach McCaffery: Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:   Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Asst. Michigan Coach Jeff Meyer:  Listen to Coach Matta:  Listen to

Big Ten Geeks: Here come the Hawkeyes

On Saturday, Iowa defended its home court with a win over Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes raced out to a 30-10 lead before the Badgers finally got something going on offense, though I think that early start for Wisconsin overshadows what kind of game this really was. Both offenses scored over a point per possession, which is a good sign for this Iowa offense that had been struggling somewhat in conference play. Most of the problem can be traced to some awful outside shooting as Iowa has struggled to replace the shooting acumen of Matt Gatens. And Saturday was no different, as

Glenn Robinson III

Power Rankings: Michigan reclaims top spot

For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Michigan, (17-1, 4-1) – This Trey Burke quote following Michigan’s win at raucous Minnesota is a scary

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Purdue blows out West Virginia, 79-52

D.J. Byrd scored 17 points to help Purdue defeat West Virginia 79-52 on Saturday afternoon. Rapheal Davis added 16 points, Anthony Johnson 12 and Terone Johnson 11 for the Boilermakers (10-8), who won their third straight. Purdue shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountaineers 44-34. West Virginia shot just 29 percent from the field, and the Mountaineers had six assists and 17 turnovers. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] Sandi Marcius throws it down: Rapheal Davis gets easy two points: A.J. Hammons gets early

Terone Johnson

Balanced attack helps Purdue defeat Nebraska

Terone Johnson scored 18 points to lead four Purdue players in double figures, and the Boilermakers turned back Nebraska’s comeback bid in the second half to defeat the struggling Cornhuskers 65-56 on Wednesday night. A.J. Hammons added 14 points and eight rebounds, D.J. Byrd scored all 12 of his points in the second half on four 3-pointers and Ronnie Johnson had 10 points and six assists as the Boilermakers posted their first Big Ten Conference road win. Purdue (9-8, 3-2) has won two straight games and five of seven. The Huskers (9-9, 0-5), playing without senior forward Brandon Ubel for