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Best nicknames in B1G basketball history

Yogi, Spike, Money Mike and Tacos — sounds like the names you’d find on a Harlem Globetrotters roster, as oppose to a Big Ten one. There are a ton of colorful and creative nicknames throughout the Big Ten conference this season. But how do they stack up to some of the top nicknames of all time in Big Ten basketball history? The best of the best nicknames have true meaning and serve as clever descriptions of a player’s skill-set and individual personality. We asked our twitter followers to share their favorite Big Ten nicknames with us, which helped us put

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Photos: Big Ten hoops coaches wear suits and sneakers

In case you haven’t noticed by your Big Ten coach’s attire, it’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. See pictures of Big Ten coaches rocking the look in this post. [ MORE: Did you see Purdue’s cancer awareness shooting shirts? ] Illinois’ John Groce Coach Groce prepping for the pregame talk in his sneakers. #Illini #SuitsandSneakers @CoachesvsCancer pic.twitter.com/KUAlYKs591 — Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) January 26, 2014 Indiana’s Tom Crean and staff Tom Crean and #Hoosiers staff

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B1G hoops recap: Michigan takes over first place

The Big Ten’s final two unbeatens met Saturday night at the Breslin Center, and it was No. 21 Michigan upsetting No. 3 Michigan State to take over sole possession of first place. In other Big Ten action, No. 10 Iowa rolled past Northwestern and No. 9 Wisconsin took down Purdue. Catch up on all the action and the best highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MICHIGAN 80, MICHIGAN STATE 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a photo of Penn State fans photobombing ESPN announcers at last nights Penn State-Nebraska men’s hoops game. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Penn State Basketball pic.twitter.com/aBDPPRIy6n — Dan (@sharpalright) January 24, 2014 Our take: Penn State fans get in on the “Free Bieber” madness. ESPN College Gameday before today's @MSU_Basketball practice. #GoGreenWearWhite @ESPNCBB @ESPN_ReceDavis

Big Ten Geeks: Is Nik Stauskas the Big Ten POY?

Michigan’s offense continued its surge into the nation’s elite in an impressive win over Iowa. In true Beilein-ball fashion, it was a high conversion rate on twos and a low turnover rate that propelled the Wolverines. Nik Stauskas is making a case for Big Ten player of the year, and he continues to show that he is #notjustashooter: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: What was better here, @umichbball fans: Nik Stauskas' crossover? Or the dime? WATCH – http://t.co/VHl3YsbtSH — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) January 23, 2014 There are still plenty of conference games to be played, but Stauskas currently has the most impressive

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B1G Hoops: Minnesota, U-M notch huge wins

We had two terrific games tonight on the Big Ten Network. Michigan kicked off the action with an impressive 75-67 win over Iowa in Ann Arbor. Minnesota followed with an 81-68 upset victory over Wisconsin at the Barn. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MINNESOTA 81, WISCONSIN 68 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that pushed Minnesota to an 81-68 victory Wednesday night over No. 9 Wisconsin, the

Big Ten Geeks: Spartans Keep on Rolling

Michigan State continues to rack up wins despite the absence of Adreian Payne, with Indiana serving as the latest victim. This one didn’t come easy, as the Hoosiers’ defense kept them in it for most of the game. Indiana even held a five-point lead with 11 minutes remaining, but it wouldn’t last as the Spartans’ offense came alive down the stretch. Indiana natives Gary Harris and Branden Dawson led the charge, and the outcome was never truly in doubt. Michigan State deserves a lot of credit for its ability to avoid a letdown game as the team deals with injuries.

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Ranking the games: Pick a Michigan game this week

Ohio State at Nebraska kicked off the week with a rare Monday night game. And, it was a doozy, as the Cornhuskers sent the Buckeyes to a fourth loss in a row. Was that a portent of things to come this week? A full slate of games is on our doorstep, highlighted by Michigan at Michigan State on Saturday. Before that, Iowa plays at Michigan on Wednesday in another big Big Ten game. Here’s a look and ranking of this week’s contests. Ranked teams, beware! [ MORE: Most pivotal player for every Big Ten team ] 1. Michigan at Michigan

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Most pivotal player for every B1G hoops team

The college basketball season is just past the midway point, and the Big Ten picture is beginning to take shape. With five teams ranked in the latest polls, it’s clear the Big Ten is, once again, one of the nation’s elite conferences. The conference’s terrific star players have a lot to do with the Big Ten’s standing. But what about the players who aren’t household names, the all-important role players or glue guys who better their respective teams? Here is a list of the most pivotal player for every Big Ten hoops team, listed in order of the Big Ten