Men's Basketball

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Northwestern Wildcats forward John Shurna

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 29th Morning Edition

It was just last week when many felt Northwestern played perhaps the biggest game in school annals. And it lost, 67-55, in overtime at home to Michigan. But the Wildcats rebounded to score a huge win at Penn State over the weekend. Now, comes yet another “biggest game in school history” for the Wildcats tonight when Ohio State visits. In the first of today’s five big links worth a look, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says Northwestern needs another big game from John Shurna if it wants to beat Ohio State.

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Mr. Green Goes to Bloomington

Draymond Green showed just how good he is in a loss to the Hoosiers, but he also proved that no one is good enough to beat Indiana at home by himself. Green racked up 29 points on 17 shots while his Michigan State teammates poured in 26 points on 34 shots. Against IU at Assembly Hall, that’s tough to overcome. The home/road splits for this team in conference play are stunning:

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A first for Indiana: Down goes No. 1, No. 2, No. 5

Tom Crean

Kentucky at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

The Indiana men’s basketball program owns five national championships and 20 Big Ten crowns. Never in its decorated history has it beaten three top 5 teams in one regular season, though. Until now. With Tuesday night’s 70-55 victory over No. 5 Michigan State, the Hoosiers registered their third win of the season over an AP top 5 team. The other wins: No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State. Relive the three wins in this post with video, box scores, AP recaps and pictures.

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Green, Oladipo, Zeller rattle rim

Indiana's Victor Oladipo

Cody Zeller gets to the rim

There were some rim-rattling slams on the hoop going to the right on your TV screen in Indiana’s victory over Michigan State on Wednesday. Draymond Green started it with a steal that he turned into a powerful And-1 in the first 20 minutes; in the second half, Victor Oladipo added a thunderous dunk, and Cody Zeller matched Green’s steal and slam. As they say, things come in threes. Which dunk was the best? Watch Zeller’s slam now and see the other two in this post. Then, cast your vote for the top dunk. Prediction: It’s going to be a close one.

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Best of Gus: Minnesota at No. 15 Wisconsin

Gus Johnson

Gus Johnson: Andre Hollins Drive

Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Andre Hollins’ driving bucket and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Tuesday’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game in this post.

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Dienhart: Is Green the Player of the Year?

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 28th Morning Edition

Entering the final week of the season, Draymond Green’s reign as the Big Ten’s top player isn’t threatened as he’s on course to take home the league’s Player of the Year honors (announced next Monday). Why not? Green is the lone player who averages a double-double. And his leadership is off the charts, as Green already has led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title.

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