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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
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8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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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 McCaffery:  Listen to Coach Groce:  Listen to Coach Carmody:  Listen to Penn State Associate Coach Burroughs:  Listen to Coach Painter:  Listen to Coach Izzo:  Listen to Coach Ryan:  Listen to Coach Beilein:  Listen to Coach Matta:  Listen

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Michigan State denies Branden Dawson punch

Earlier Saturday, BTN aired a clip of Michigan State’s Branden Dawson possibly throwing a punch at Purdue’s Travis Carroll during Saturday afternoon’s game. Since then, Michigan State has reviewed the tape from different angles, and said it doesn’t appear Dawson threw a punch. Watch our video of the play in question now. Michigan State sports information director Matt Larson sent the following in an email: “The angle of Branden Dawson that BTN had during the broadcast certainly makes it look like there might have been a punch. However, I’ve viewed an angle from underneath the basket and that does not

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No. 18 Michigan State puts away Purdue, 84-61

Freshman Gary Harris scored a career-high 22 points, and No. 18 Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for an 84-61 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn’t much matter in what quickly became a free throw contest. Michigan State finished 18 of 22 from the line, and the Boilermakers were 9 of 20 – including 6 of 16 in the second half. Branden Dawson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who bounced back

Grab new BTN hoops Facebook headers

With the arrival of Big Ten Conference play in men’s basketball, we’ve updated our BTN Big Ten fan Facebook headers. Scroll down in this post and click on the thumbnail of your school to get the full-sized graphic. Right click to save the large image to your computer, then add it to your Facebook page to show off your school spirit. Enjoy! LEGENDS LEADERS Are we on Facebook? Let us count the ways: www.facebook.com/BTN: Updates, polls, interactive features and much more. www.facebook.com/BTNVideo: Video clips for viewing and sharing right on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BTNJourney: Follow our show “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten

Big Ten Geeks: It isn't the Little Ten

Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose. The fact of the matter is that Illinois is a mediocre defensive team, and especially awful on the defensive glass. Purdue grabbed 44 percent of its misses—including four off of missed

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D.J. Byrd grabs late rebound, on knees, calls timeout

There are plays that fans never forget, and D.J. Byrd came up with one in Wednesday’s 68-61 win over Illinois that the Purdue faithful should have no trouble remembering. With 21.5 seconds left, Purdue leading 63-61 and Jacob Lawson at the free-throw line, Byrd corralled a missed freebie, on his knees, and managed to call a timeout before going out of bounds. Watch the play here. Whether he traveled or shouldn’t have been granted the timeout due to the fact he was falling out of bounds, it’s still a veteran/smart/creative hustle play. And Byrd wasn’t done with the big-time plays.

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Purdue upsets No. 14 Illinois in Big Ten opener

Terone Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and D.J. Byrd spurred a key 19-3 second-half run to send Purdue past No. 14 Illinois 68-61 on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) are above .500 for the first time this season and have won eight straight over the Fighting Illini. Illinois (13-2, 0-1) was led by Brandon Paul with 15 points and Joseph Bertrand with 14, not quite enough to prevent an eighth straight conference loss on the road. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] Terone

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten noncon teams

And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post. [ RELATED: Watch 2012-13 dunks in our Big Ten Dunk Archive ] FIRST TEAM G: Trey Burke, Michigan G: Brandon Paul, Illinois F: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State F: Rodney Williams, Minnesota F/C: Cody Zeller, Indiana

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Purdue holds off William & Mary

Marcus Thornton scored 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to lead William & Mary past Purdue as the Boilermakers won 73-66 on Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL: Terone Johnson sparked Purdue (6-6), as he scored 16 points for the Boilermakers in the game. Purdue hit 47 percent of its field goals (28-of-59). Other Purdue scorers in double figures included Ronnie

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Power Rankings: 12-1 Minnesota on the way up

Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off. 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: View the latest AP & Coaches polls ] 1. Michigan, 12-0 – Nik Stauskas is no ordinary freshman. Even as the team’s third or fourth