Men's Basketball

Big Ten Geeks: Gophers take Spartans head on

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In the opening game of the conference season, Minnesota held serve at home by pulling away from Michigan State in the final minutes. Over the last 10 minutes of the game, the Gophers outscored the Spartans 22-6, erasing a three-point lead by MSU. This was a game between two teams that play very similar styles. For the most part, neither squad is blessed with outside shooting, and they know it—only Purdue shoots fewer three-pointers than these teams.

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No. 5 Indiana fends off Iowa, 69-65

Victor Oladipo

Indiana - Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and fifth-ranked Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off Iowa 69-65 on Monday night. Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

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Ranking the games: The best of the rest of opening week

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The start of conference play began on Monday with two key matchups: Michigan State at Minnesota and Indiana and Iowa. But more interesting games loom this week, including Ohio State at Illinois and Iowa at Michigan. Here’s my ranking of the week’s games.

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Minnesota takes down Michigan State in Big Ten opener

Rodney Williams

Michigan State at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday. Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Huge week for Hawkeyes

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble (4) shoots the ball against Virginia Tech Hokies forward Jarell Eddie (31) during the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

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The Big Ten takes the lid off of conference action this week. Now, we really will discover what these teams are made of. The Chicago States, Slippery Rocks, North Floridas, Bryants and Nebraska-Omahas are being replaced with trips to places like Bloomington, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Champaign and Minneapolis.

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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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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 videos

Dan Conroy

Coleman's 3rd Dunk Against Lafayette

Field goals aren’t the most thrilling play in football. But when a struggling kicker makes a 47-yard field goal to lift a team to a bowl win, it draws its share of attention. Dan Conroy’s game-winning boot in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is proof of that. Where does the kick land on BTN.com’s top 10 most-viewed videos of the past week? Find out in this post.

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