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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.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten noncon teams

Eastern Michigan at Michigan

Rodney Williams 360 Dunk

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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.

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Wisconsin handles Samford, 87-51

Samford at Wisconsin

Samford at Wisconsin - Men's Basketball Highlights

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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.

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Power Rankings: 12-1 Minnesota on the way up

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Coleman's 3rd Dunk Against Lafayette

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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.

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Wisconsin puts it on Milwaukee, 74-53

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Brust to Evans for a Dunk

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.

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