Big Ten Geeks: Getting ready for the Dance

We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t.

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Video: Watch Ryan Evans' powerful putback

Prior to Sunday’s tip vs. Ohio State, Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans was listed as questionable due to illness. Evans started despite being under the weather, and it’s a good thing he did. Not only did he help No. 20 Wisconsin beat No. 13 Ohio State, the senior provided one of the best individual highlights of his career with a remarkable second-half putback. Watch the dunk now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Brust, Berggren lead No. 20 Wisconsin past No. 13 Ohio State

Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points as No. 20 Wisconsin routed No. 13 Ohio State 71-49 on Sunday. Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 for Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten), while Traevon Jackson added 10.

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Video: Hockey City Classic timelapse

There’s never been a hockey game played at historic Soldier Field in Chicago. That all will change Sunday, as No. 18 Wisconsin battles rival and No. 2 Minnesota in the second of two games at the Office Max Hockey City Classic. The Badgers and Gophers are scheduled to battle at 4:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Before the puck drops, though, make sure to catch our “Big Ten Hockey Pre-Game” at 4 p.m.

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Big Ten Geeks: Boiling Over

Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned.

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