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Power Rankings: Surging Illini continue ascent

John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in 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, (23-3, 11-2) – About Will Sheehey‘s perfect 9-of-9 effort from the field in Saturday’s 83-55 rout of Purdue,

Big Ten Geeks: Getting ready for the Dance

We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t. Iowa picked up an important win over Minnesota on Saturday, rallying from an early 16-point deficit to an impressive 21-point win. And frankly, this game was over about midway through the second half. The turning point came when Fran McCaffrey deployed a zone defense, which flummoxed the Gopher attack. This isn’t the first time that Minnesota has looked confused against a zone—Northwestern sprung the upset against the Gophers by

Video: Watch Ryan Evans' powerful putback

Prior to Sunday’s tip vs. Ohio State, Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans was listed as questionable due to illness. Evans started despite being under the weather, and it’s a good thing he did. Not only did he help No. 20 Wisconsin beat No. 13 Ohio State, the senior provided one of the best individual highlights of his career with a remarkable second-half putback. Watch the dunk now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post. Here are some of the tweets following Evans’ slam: I thought Ryan Evans is sick? That dunk was sick! #Badgers — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February

Brust, Berggren lead No. 20 Wisconsin past No. 13 Ohio State

Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points as No. 20 Wisconsin routed No. 13 Ohio State 71-49 on Sunday. Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 for Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten), while Traevon Jackson added 10. [ VIDEO: Watch Ryan Evans’ ridiculous one-handed putback slam ] Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5) with 18 points, and Sam Thompson had 10. The win kept Wisconsin tied with Michigan for third in the conference, two games behind leaders Indiana and Michigan State. Ohio State dropped into fifth place. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES |

Big Ten Geeks: Boiling Over

Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned. Illinois also did a good job defensively, especially when it came to

Next 'Journey': MSU's Harris, Maize Rage & Brust

This week’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” debuts at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday right after the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. This week’s episode will include a look at Michigan State freshman guard Gary Harris, who returns to his home state of Indiana for his first game at Mackey Arena. Did you know Harris’s mother, Joy Holmes, once starred for the Boilermakers? The crew also goes behind the scenes with Michigan’s Maize Rage student section they prepare for a bus trip to East Lansing and the showdown with the Spartans. Also featured is Wisconsin’s

Dienhart: Look out for these lurking Badgers

We may be witnessing Bo Ryan’s best coaching job in 12 seasons at Wisconsin. And that’s saying a lot. Ryan, 65, has taken what Dick Bennett started—and elevated it to another level. Ryan’s teams never have finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten and have made the NCAA tourney each season and advanced as far as the Elite Eight in 2004-05. He also has two Big Ten regular-season titles and a .711 Big Ten winning percentage that is the best in league history. Big Ten Standings (through 2/13) Conference Overall W-L W-L Indiana 10-2 22-3 Michigan State 10-2 21-4 Wisconsin

BTN Connect 2.0: Follow tonight's games with it

On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season.  Nebraska plays at Indiana at 7 p.m. ET while Purdue plays at Illinois at 9 p.m. It all starts with our “Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 6:30 p.m. How do you use BTN Connect? It’s simple. Just click over to there now and poke around. We have pages for each school and the topics that are trending for each

Clothes Call: Adidas introduces short sleeve hoops jersey

Adidas, the official outfitter of the NBA, has teamed with the Golden State Warriors on a new uniform that includes a short-sleeve jersey. Yes, you read that correctly. It may look more like a volleyball jersey, but adidas calls it the “adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system,” and it believes it is the next phase in the evolution of basketball apparel. [ USATODAY.com: Adidas unveils short sleeve jersey for Warriors ] Why is this relevant to the Big Ten, you’re probably asking? Adidas outfits Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, and the latter three schools have shown their willingness to showcase the

Power Rankings: Hot again, Illinois moves on up

It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (21-3, 9-2) – The most amazing part