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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

No freebies: OSU keeps UW off charity stripe in win

Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night. The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them. The physicality was there again, however Wisconsin failed to attempt a free throw for the first time in Bo Ryan’s tenure in Madison (390 games). The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off

Mock brackets: Where do Big Ten teams land?

It’s that time of the week, time to look at the mock brackets. And the Big Ten remains well-represented with seven teams in each of the mock brackets that I check each week. The only conference with more bids is the Big East, which has eight or nine tourney teams—depending on the bracket you check. Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com Michigan a No. 1 in the Midwest playing North Carolina Central. Indiana a No. 2 in the Midwest playing Montana. Michigan State a No. 3 in the East playing Stony Brook. Ohio State a No. 4 in the South playing Louisiana

Power Rankings: Minnesota continues to drop

Just a couple weeks ago, Minnesota was 15-1 and in the top 10 of the national polls. Fast forward to today, and the Gophers have lost four straight – a funk that keeps them dropping in my 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. Michigan, (19-1, 6-1) – The nation’s new No.

Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten. There are some other tantalizing matchups, including Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State, Indiana at Purdue, Iowa at No. 23 Minnesota, Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State and Wisconsin at Illinois. There is nothing better than a Purdue-Indiana hoop game in late January to heat up your house. You just know the

Big Ten Geeks: It's Ola-doeverything for Indiana

Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration. While IU’s perimeter defense isn’t exactly a strength (teams are more than willing

Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post. Illinois’ John Groce went with blue and orange Nikes, while staff went white and orange As mentioned above, Crean went with the tracksuit again: Iowa’s staff went with white and black Nikes Michigan’s staff went with white and blue low-top adidas shoes

Traevon Jackson game-winner: Good or no good?

Traevon Jackson beat the shot clock in the final seconds to lift Wisconsin past No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday. Or did he? This one was about as close as buzzer-beaters come. Remember, if the shot clock buzzer sounds and the ball has yet to leave the shooter’s hand, it’s a violation. On this play, it’s hard to tell if the ball is out of Jackson’s fingertips before the horn goes off. See for yourself in this video and check out a screengrab in this post. Here’s a screengrab of the shot. Again, a violation occurs on the horn, not the

Wisconsin nips No. 14 Minnesota in late thriller

Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin got past No. 14 Minnesota 45-44 on Saturday, the Golden Gophers’ fourth straight loss. After Jackson’s shot gave the Badgers a 45-43 lead, the Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds remaining and inbounded from halfcourt. The Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe on the play, but the big man was unable to shoot the ensuing free throws because of an apparent right hand or wrist injury. Rodney Williams stepped to the line

Big Ten Geeks: Who are the Gophers?

I’ll admit—I’ve never truly forgiven Minnesota for 2010. Back in those days, when the internet was over, it was my opinion that the Gophers should have been contending for a Big Ten championship. I wasn’t even close, as Minnesota finished the season at 9-9, and squeaked into the NCAA Tournament (the Gophers barely had enough time to check into their hotel before Xavier dispatched of them in the first round). I’ve since taken an oath of sorts, which is that I can’t believe in Minnesota until the team sorts out the defense. The Gophers have never been all that good