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Big Ten Geeks: Indiana Stunned in Champaign

With one of the most improbable comebacks you’ll see this season, Illinois shocked Indiana in Champaign. This was a game controlled by the Hoosiers most of the way, and Tom Crean’s squad held an eight point lead with 3:01 remaining. At that point, KenPom’s win probability, which factors in time, score, and team quality, gave the Illini just a 1.1 percent chance of coming back to win. With those teams, in that situation, you’d expect Indiana to win 99 out of 100 times. Of course, this game was the one percent. Over those final three minutes, Illinois scored on every possession, and

Wisconsin outlasts Iowa, 74-70, in double overtime

Ben Brust scored 18 points, including three key free throws in double overtime, as Wisconsin beat Iowa 74-70 Wednesday night. Jared Berggren added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Badgers (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes. Mike Gesell led Iowa (14-9, 3-7) with 14 points and Aaron White added 13. Wisconsin, which has shot less than 62 percent from the foul line this season, converted 13 of 14 free throws in the two overtime periods. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G

Dienhart: Time for midseason Big Ten honors

We are halfway through the Big Ten season, and the conference hasn’t disappointed. All of that preseason hype about being the top conference has proven to be true, with Indiana and Michigan already haven taken turns sitting atop the national polls. And Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin all have impressed to varying degrees. Here’s how I size up the conference at midseason. FIRST TEAM G Trey Burke, Michigan G Victor Oladipo, Indiana F Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State F/C Adreian Payne, Michigan State C Cody Zeller, Indiana SECOND TEAM G Keith Appling, Michigan State G Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan G Aaron

Power Rankings: Hoosiers make statement

Fresh off an impressive week that included a rout at rival Purdue and an eight-point win over then-No. 1 Michigan, Indiana reclaims the top spot in my weekly Power Rankings. Where does your team land on my latest list? 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, (20-2, 8-1) – No. 1 again, both in the national polls and right here, the Hoosiers

Big Ten Geeks: Saturday Night Showdown

Indiana reclaimed the top spot in the polls after it held off Michigan in Bloomington. The Hoosiers lit up the Wolverines’ defense to the tune of 1.17 points per possession, the highest mark allowed so far this season by John Beilein’s team. And the reality it that it could have been much worse, as careless turnovers were about the only thing that slowed down the IU offense. Michigan had the opposite problem—while it took care of the ball by only committing 8 turnovers in a 69 possession game, the Wolverines were atypically inaccurate on both twos (49 percent) and threes

Big Ten Geeks: Checking Ourselves

We’re approximately at the midway point of the conference schedule, so it’s a logical time to check in our preseason predictions. Were we close? First, let’s look at the records we predicted against the current KenPom projections for final records: Team BTG Predicted W-L Current KenPom Projected W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 15-3 +1 Ohio State 13-5 12-6 -1 Michigan 12-6 14-4 +2 Michigan State 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 11-7 0 Illinois 9-9 6-12 -3 Iowa 8-10 8-10 0 Purdue 7-11 6-12 -1 Northwestern 6-12 7-11 +1 Penn State 3-15 1-17 -2 Nebraska 2-16 4-14 +2

Halfway home: My All-Big Ten hoops teams

With every Big Ten team having played at least nine conference games, we’ve reached the midway point of the Big Ten season. It’s been a fantastic race thus far, with Indiana one game ahead of the pace, and it should only get better. Halfway home, it’s a good time to consider early All-Big Ten teams. See my teams in this post. For the record, I factored in both nonconference and conference play, with a bigger emphasis on the latter, of course. FIRST TEAM G: Trey Burke, Michigan Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG

Wisconsin hands Illinois fourth straight home loss

Ben Brust scored 20 points and Wisconsin overcame a ragged start on Sunday to beat Illinois 74-68. The Badgers (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten) shot under 30 percent for most of the first half and combined with the Illini to score 14 points in the game’s first eight minutes. Wisconsin eventually started making shots and Illinois (15-8, 2-7) didn’t until it was too late. The Illini closed the gap late but trailed by 15 with 5:13 to play. Frank Kaminsky added 19 for the Badgers and Ryan Evans scored 15. The win keeps the Badgers in fifth place in the Big

'The Journey' profiles Purdue's Johnson brothers

On Saturday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we put the spotlight on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, Purdue’s Johnson brothers and Wisconsin’s new point guards. In this clip, you get a taste for all three of the latest episode’s storylines. Best of all: We have family video of Terone and Ronnie Johnson as youngsters, and it’s nothing short of cute. Check out the Johnson’s family footage from 1993 in this video. Did you miss the debut of the latest episode? We’re airing it three times Sunday, at 6:30 p.m. ET, 8 and 11.

Big Ten Geeks: Defense and Deshaun

In a matchup of the Big Ten’s two best defenses, it was Ohio State that prevailed with a nine-point home victory over Wisconsin. Both of these teams rely on good old fashioned B1G defense: make you miss (without fouling), then secure the carom. Turnovers are optional. True to form, both defenses controlled the glass at their respective ends, and neither team got to the foul line on a regular basis. In fact, for the first time in Bo Ryan’s 12 seasons, the Badgers failed to earn a single free throw. This is a rare occurrence, to be sure, but Wisconsin’s