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Did You See This? Bo Ryan burns Tim Doyle

Let’s get two things out of the way here first: 1.) Bo Ryan gives pretty entertaining postgame interviews, ones often peppered with a joke or two; and 2.) BTN analyst Tim Doyle’s Northwestern career was a lot better than most remember. OK, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get to Ryan’s postgame interview with Doyle following Sunday’s 47-41 victory at Nebraska. As the score indicates, the game wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty. And when Doyle mentioned it wasn’t “pretty” and asked Ryan what he said to Nebraska coach Tim Miles in the handshake line, the

Wisconsin holds off Nebraska, 47-41

Jared Berggren scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, Ryan Evans had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Wisconsin held Nebraska to one basket over the last 6:19 in a 47-41 victory Sunday. The Badgers (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) won their fifth game in a row and held their ninth straight opponent to 60 points or fewer. The Huskers (9-6, 0-2), coming off a 70-44 loss at Ohio State in their conference opener, have averaged just 42 points the last four meetings with the Badgers. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT

Grab new BTN hoops Facebook headers

With the arrival of Big Ten Conference play in men’s basketball, we’ve updated our BTN Big Ten fan Facebook headers. Scroll down in this post and click on the thumbnail of your school to get the full-sized graphic. Right click to save the large image to your computer, then add it to your Facebook page to show off your school spirit. Enjoy! LEGENDS LEADERS Are we on Facebook? Let us count the ways: www.facebook.com/BTN: Updates, polls, interactive features and much more. www.facebook.com/BTNVideo: Video clips for viewing and sharing right on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BTNJourney: Follow our show “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten

Big Ten Geeks: It isn't the Little Ten

Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose. The fact of the matter is that Illinois is a mediocre defensive team, and especially awful on the defensive glass. Purdue grabbed 44 percent of its misses—including four off of missed

Huskers, Badgers to wear alternate unis Sunday on BTN

Nebraska and Wisconsin wore special adidas uniforms this season on the gridiron, and they’ll do the same on the hardwood. On Friday, the schools released alternate uniforms that should look familiar to anyone who watched the NBA on Christmas Day. What does that mean? The uniforms, according to the schools, boast a “monochromatic color scheme with solid color team logo, names and numbers framed with minimal accent color and a shimmer finish for a bold statement.” Despite being the home team, Nebraska will wear an all-red uniform; the Badgers will go all-white. The teams are expected to don the uniforms

Yarina: My All-Big Ten noncon teams

And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post. [ RELATED: Watch 2012-13 dunks in our Big Ten Dunk Archive ] FIRST TEAM G: Trey Burke, Michigan G: Brandon Paul, Illinois F: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State F: Rodney Williams, Minnesota F/C: Cody Zeller, Indiana

Wisconsin handles Samford, 87-51

Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points and shot 6-of-7 from the field to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures as the Badgers topped Samford 87-51 on Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | RAPID RECAPS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL:  Wisconsin (9-4) also got double-digit contributions from Jared Berggren (10 points), Sam Dekker (12 points), Mike Bruesewitz (13 points), and Ryan Evans (14 points). The Badgers hit 53

Power Rankings: 12-1 Minnesota on the way up

Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: View the latest AP & Coaches polls ] 1. Michigan, 12-0 – Nik Stauskas is no ordinary freshman. Even as the team’s third or fourth

Wisconsin puts it on Milwaukee, 74-53

Ryan Evans scored a season-high 19 points, Ben Brust opened and closed a 17-1 first-half run with 3-pointers and Wisconsin routed Milwaukee 74-53 on Saturday night at the Kohl Center. Traevon Jackson added a career-best 13 points and Jared Berggren had 11 as Wisconsin (8-4) beat its state rivals for the 20th consecutive season and improved to 29-1 in the teams’ all-time series. Milwaukee (3-10) got out to an early 10-8 lead behind Paris Gulley‘s seven points, but Brust gave the Badgers the lead with his first 3-pointer 6:15 in, and his second put his team up 25-11 with 9:40

Big Ten Geeks: Should every team play in tourney?

We’ve already argued for and against divisions in Big Ten basketball. Today, we discuss whether every member of a 14-team Big Ten should be allowed to play in the Big Ten tournament. Josh: No. Tournaments are a lot of fun. There’s no atmosphere that’s better than a split crowd at a neutral site. And in the Big Ten Tournament, that happens numerous times over a four-day stretch. But for whatever reason, the Committee just can’t seem to recognize a conference tournament for what it is—a handful of conference games in a single-elimination format. The conference tournament should absolutely not trump