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Big Ten Geeks: Bricks, a whole lot of bricks

It was a terrible shooting weekend for the title contenders. Collectively, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan were 14 for 76 from three this weekend. Two of those teams nonetheless found a way to win. Thanks to Trey Burke’s rip of Keith Appling in the final minute of play, Michigan was able to defend its home court against the Spartans. Although this was a hard fought game, neither team played particularly well on the offensive end. Michigan missed all 12 of its three-point attempts, while Michigan State managed to make just 41 percent of its two-pointers. Credit the defense if

Weekly Q&A: Listen to your Big Ten coach

The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly 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 each Monday 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 Penn State Assistant Coach Brian Daly: Listen to Coach Painter: Listen to Coach Izzo: Listen to Coach Ryan: Listen to Coach

Purdue shocks No. 16 Wisconsin on Senior Day

D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset No. 17 Wisconsin 69-56 Sunday afternoon. Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had nine points and Johnson eight. Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5), who had won six of their previous seven. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES |

BTN to go inside NCAA tourney selection process

Greg Shaheen, who ran the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for 12 years, will join BTN host Mike Hall to take fans inside the tournament selection process, from who’s in the room to where the top seeds are headed and why, to how Big Ten teams stack up in 2013. The 60-minute special, Inside the Selection Process, airs at 9 p.m. ET Monday. Shaheen, former NCAA executive vice president of Championships and Alliances, is credited with having a significant impact on the tournament’s success. He’ll talk about such things as how the committee is assembled, how it handles multiple teams from one conference, and

Clothes Call: Short-sleeve jerseys coming to NCAA

When adidas, the official outfitter of the NBA, recently put the Golden State Warriors in a short-sleeve jersey, one knew it was only a matter of time before the company brought the design to the college game. According to SportsBusinessDaily.com, that time is the NCAA tournament. Adidas, the site reports, will have a “handful” of teams rocking the short-sleeve jersey next month. The teams have yet to be announced. Will a Big Ten team be included? Adidas outfits four Big Ten teams, three of which are sure to make the tournament – Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Nebraska is the other,

Big Ten Geeks: Rise of the Gophers

Indiana suffered another road loss to a previously scuffling squad, this time falling at Minnesota by four points. Much has been said about Cody Zeller’s lack of offensive production on this night (nine points, four turnovers, five fouls), but the Hoosiers scored quite well with their big man scuffling. Instead, it was the defensive end where Indiana lost this game, most especially on the defensive glass. The Gophers retrieved a ridiculous 53 percent of their misses and finished nearly every rim opportunity they got. Combined with a surprisingly low turnover rate, it enabled Minnesota to hoist 11 more shots than

Did You See This? Evans' new jump-shot free throw

Ryan Evans finally caved. Mired in a season-long slump at the free-throw line (41 percent), the Wisconsin senior decided to address his struggles Tuesday night. As reports suggested leading up to the game, Evans fired up jump shots on his free throw attempts in the team’s rout of Nebraska. And he made both attempts. Watch Evans’ new form now. That’s a rare, rare sight, to say the least. It looks like Evans has some work to do before he perfects the routine, though, because he was awfully close to committing a violation on the first attempt. Whatever, it wasn’t called.

No. 16 Wisconsin drills Nebraska, reaches 20 wins

Reserve Sam Dekker matched his career high with 19 points to lead No. 17 Wisconsin to a 77-46 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Ryan Evans added 14 points and Ben Brust had 13 for the Badgers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten). Dylan Talley had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Cornhuskers (13-15, 4-11), while Brandon Ubel added 10 points. Wisconsin took control of the game early with a barrage of 3-pointers and then cruised to the blowout as Nebraska’s offense disappeared. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS

'Bleed Out' unis for Badgers, Huskers tonight on BTN

As they did in the season’s first meeting, Nebraska and Wisconsin will wear their adidas “Bleed Out” uniforms tonight on BTN/BTN2Go. Only this time, the home team will be in the traditional whites. In January’s meeting in Lincoln, the Huskers wore their red version as the home team. Tonight, the color scheme will make a little more sense for those who have come to associate white with the home team and any other color with the road team. [ RELATED: Will Ryan Evans start taking jump shots at the free-throw line? ] Nebraska and Wisconsin, two of the Big Ten’s

Power Rankings: Spartans fall in wake of 0-2 week

How tough is the Big Ten this season? A week ago, several people thought Michigan State might be the Big Ten’s top team. Today, following back-to-back losses, the Spartans land at No. 4 on my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (24-3, 12-2) – In two critical games vs. Big Ten contender Michigan State this season,