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BTN expands studio team of basketball analysts

CHICAGO – BTN will bolster its team of studio analysts to coincide with the start of conference basketball by adding former Maryland and Ohio State head coach Gary Williams and Hall of Fame sportswriters Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Mike DeCourcy, who returns for a third season. In total, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including nine straight weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, and four Big Ten Tournament games. All “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders will begin with the Auto Owner’s Insurance Big Ten Tip-Off Show, hosted by Dave Revsine alongside analyst Jim Jackson. BTN’s lineup

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 great photo of a young Bo Ryan. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Ranking the most memorable sports moments in 2013: http://t.co/hWvG76T5tN — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 20, 2013 Our take: Michigan State spoils Ohio State’s BCS hopes leads the way at No. 47. Congrats on your second 33rd birthday Coach Ryan… we love

Big Ten Geeks: Early Trends

It’s still early, but it can be instructive to look at how Big Ten teams have performed relative to preseason expectations. With so few games of consequence being played this week, now is as good a time as any to pause and see how things have gone. Courtesy of the ever-useful kenpom.com, here’s how the rankings have evolved for Big Ten teams so far this season: The index on the x-axis is the game number from which the ranking was taken. The first ranking is taken from before the first game (i.e. the preseason ranking), the second ranking is taken

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 Tom Izzo playing “Silent Night” on his accordion. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Jingle bells jingle bells at the radio show last night 🎅🎅😂👏👏 A video posted by Denzel Valentine (@denzelvalentine) on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:33pm PST Our take: Favorite part is Denzel Valentine dancing and clapping. Ranking the top 10 players in

Big Ten Geeks: The kids are alright

As most of the Big Ten pauses for finals, it seems a fitting time to evaluate how the first semester went for the conference’s freshmen. We’ve got a third of the season under our belts, so it feels like we can finally take an initial peek at the numbers. The following table lists every Big Ten freshman that has played at least 10 percent of his team’s minutes, sorted by usage rate. Player Team %Min Ortg %Poss OR% DR% DefensiveSOS Rank Bryson Scott Purdue 44.8 111.1 29.0 4.2 10.2 310 Stanford Robinson Indiana 24.3 94.8 25.1 4.0 16.8 332 Noah

B1G hoops roundup: Badgers remain perfect

It was a busy day of men’s hoops Saturday, as nine Big Ten teams were in action. The conference went 4-5 on the day, highlighted by wins from Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Catch up on all the scores, stats, recaps and select video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Saturday’s full scoreboard ] OREGON 71, ILLINOIS 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 15 Oregon remained unbeaten with a 71-64 victory over Illinois on Saturday night. Joseph Young added 14 points for the Ducks in

Big Ten Geeks: Fun with shot data

You can tell a lot about an offense based on its shot selection. Does it force the ball inside? Does it take a lot of threes? The most efficient offenses will thrive on layups, dunks, and open threes. It’s still early, but we can look at shot distribution data (courtesy of hoop-math.com) to get a feel for a team’s offensive tendencies. Here’s the complete data for the Big Ten, with teams sorted from least jump-shot-happy to most jump-shot-happy. Team %shots at rim %shots 2-pt jumpers %shots 3-pointers Indiana 53.8 19.1 27.1 Michigan St. 45.4 21.2 33.3 Ohio St. 42.1 21.5 36.4

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 list of the top college basketball backcourts in America. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: ESPN writer: MSU hoops has No. 4 ranked backcourt in nation http://t.co/0wAW9xgRVN #Spartans — Michigan State (@Michigan_State) December 12, 2013 Our take: Two Big Ten backcourts listed. Michigan State No. 4, Ohio State No. 9. CFN freshman All-America first

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson posterizes Milwaukee

Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson threw down a dunk that will be the talk of the town in Madison, Wis., this week. The Badgers’ junior point guard drove to the hoop and exploded for a thunderous left-handed dunk, posterizing the Milwaukee defender. Jackson’s father, Jim, was announcing the Ohio State vs. Bryant game tonight, but we made sure to let him know about his son’s must-see slam! This dunk is going to make @BTNJimJackson smile! Traevon Jackson throws down a ridiculous one-handed slam! WATCH- http://t.co/Kti5N6Wsaz — Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) December 12, 2013 Enjoy, Badgers fans! Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, these

Big Ten hoops: Wisconsin, OSU remain unbeaten

It was a perfect night for the Big Ten in men’s hoops action. Penn State kicked off the night with an impressive 68-59 win over Duquesne, while both Ohio State and Wisconsin kept their undefeated seasons alive with convincing wins. The Buckeyes cruised to an 86-48 victory over Bryant and the Badgers topped Milwaukee, 78-52. Catch up on all of Wednesday’s Big Ten hoops action in this post. [ MORE: View Wednesday’s Big Ten scoreboard ] PENN STATE 68,  DUQUESNE 59 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Reserve Allen Roberts had 15 points and D.J. Newbill added 13 points