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Thursday Hoops Roundup: No. 12 Wisconsin wins big

There were five Big Ten men’s basketball games on Thursday, including Wisconsin’s impressive 88-64 win over Bowling Green. The Badgers had six players score in double figures, led by Ben Brust, who had a game-high 19 points. This is the first time Wisconsin has had back-to-back 80-plus point games since December, 2012. Catch up on all of Thursday’s action in this post. MASSACHUSETTS 96, NEBRASKA 90 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Texas Tech transfer Terran Pettaway led the Cornhuskers with a career-high 28 points, but Massachusetts held on in the final minute to open the Charleston Classic with

Did you see this? Frank Kaminsky & Wilt Chamberlain

Wisconsin junior Frank Kaminsky has seen his popularity grow at a rapid pace after the Badgers’ big man posted a school-record 43 points in a 103-85 victory over North Dakota Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. His name was trending on twitter last night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning. He was the lead on Sportscenter and well-known ESPN personality Steve Levy began referring to Kaminsky as “Special K.” But this tops it all. Earlier today, Wisconsin men’s basketball official twitter account (@BadgerMBB) released a photo of Kaminsky holding up a “43” sign in the locker room following

Big Ten Geeks: Ranking Frank the Tank's effort

Frank Kaminsky clearly had a nice game last night, but where does the Wisconsin single-game record 43 points rank among the Big Ten’s other top single-game performances of the past five seasons? See where the Big Ten Geeks rank Kaminsky’s career night in this post. Honorable Mention: Frank Kaminsky, 11/19/2013 vs. North Dakota There are others that fit into this category. But this one happened last night, so I’ll give it a bit more attention here. Numbers: 43 points (19 shots), 6-6 from 3, in 28 minutes. Geek Numbers: 191.0 Offensive Rating, 28.0% Usage Why it Mattered: It doesn’t, really.

A look at early basketball signing classes

The early basketball signing period started last Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ends today. The Big Ten had a decent haul. According to Scout.com, Ohio State (No. 6) and Indiana (No. 21) are the lone league schools to rank among the Top 25 classes in the nation. But there still will be a spring signing period, so these classes can change. There were just two five-star signees, and both inked with Ohio State: 6-4 off-guard D’Angelo Russell and 6-7 small forward Keita Bates-Diop. There were seven four-star signees. Russell is the highest-rated Big Ten prospect, coming in at No. 16 in

Twitter: Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky did what?!

Tuesday night was Frank Kaminsky Night. The Wisconsin junior erupted for a program single-game record 43 points in a 103-85 victory over North Dakota at the Kohl Center. Kaminsky was on fire all night, making 16-of-19 attempts (84 percent), including all six 3-point attempts. Now, for a little perspective: The 43 points were one more than the previous Wisconsin record, held by Ken Barnes (1965 vs. Indiana) and Michael Finley (1994 vs. Eastern Michigan). Maybe even more impressive, the 43 points were as many as Wisconsin scored as a team twice last season. They also were only five fewer than

Tuesday hoops roundup: Kaminsky nets record 43

There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Tuesday night, including Wisconsin taking down North Dakota, 103-85. The 103 points marked the first time the Badgers eclipsed 100 points since December 1995. But the bigger story was Frank Kaminsky, who scored a team single-game record 43. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post. [ MORE: Get Stephen Bardo’s Power Rankings | Bardo’s top 5 dunkers ] MINNESOTA 82, COASTAL CAROLINA 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Andre Hollins helped Minnesota overcome a sluggish performance, scoring 19 points for the Gophers in an 82-72

Big Ten Geeks: Wolverines Go Down

Most of the conference fed on cupcakes this weekend, but there were a few games of note. The best game of the weekend was Michigan’s trip to Iowa State. Sadly, it did not go as the Wolverines would have liked, although Iowa State was actually favored in this game (which calls the subsequent court-storming into question, for those who dream of joining the Fun Police). A full-strength Michigan played classic Beilein Ball, shooting a lot of threes while minimizing turnovers and shooting a high percentage on twos. And it mostly worked. The Wolverines turned it over on fewer than 16

Week in Review: Looking ahead to Week 12 B1G Games

Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is here. Can you believe it? Here is a rundown of the upcoming games on Saturday and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at noon ET when Purdue travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State. Immediatly following that, Michigan will take on Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Field. Both games will also be available on BTN2Go. Let’s break down the Big Ten games here. GAMEDAY LINKS: LIVE SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | BTN2GO | STANDINGS | POLLS

Big Ten Geeks: Standing Tall

The Big Ten suffered its first losses over the past couple nights, and we learned just a little bit more about the shape of this conference. Let’s dive in. In a formula that might become common this season, Illinois struggled to score over Valparaiso’s length but did enough on defense to secure the victory. After facing two decidedly smaller teams to open the season, Illinois had trouble converting over Valpo’s big and experienced frontline. In fact, the Illini’s 35.6 effective field goal percentage is the lowest mark of the John Groce era, and last season’s team wasn’t exactly a collection

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans make a statement

In the night’s top matchup, Michigan State ran out to an early 10-0 lead against a young Kentucky team and did just enough the rest of the way to pick up a very big win. It was a tale of two halves, as the Spartans made the Wildcats look slow and disorganized over the first 20 minutes. Wish I could say MSU's fastbreaking wing attack from '05 is back, but really UK just terrible at getting back on defense. — Josh and Mike (@bigtengeeks) November 13, 2013 Defensively, Michigan State’s man-to-man defense was severely packed in, making it look almost