Men's Basketball

Big Ten Geeks: Christmas Wishlist, Part I

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

As we finish up non-conference play, we’re getting a better picture of where the teams stack up, and where they have holes to fill. No team is perfect, so everyone could stand to benefit from some gifts from Santa (or whoever). Here’s a rundown of what everyone needs.

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Daily links: A look at Thursday's Big Ten headlines

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.

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No. 7 Ohio State dismantles Savannah State

December 12, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Evan Ravenel (30) tries to shoot under pressure from Savannah State Tigers forward Jyles Smith (44) at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Thompson One-Handed Slam

Deshaun Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first half and No. 7 Ohio State showed its firepower inside and out in beating Savannah State 85-45 on Wednesday night. LaQuinton Ross added 13 points, Shannon Scott had 12 and Evan Ravenel 11 for the Buckeyes (7-1), who are three games into an eight-game homestand that will carry them all the way through the Big Ten opener against Nebraska on Jan. 2.

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Big Ten Geeks: Digging into Indiana's defense

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s slate is extremely light, so rather than dwelling on the few results we do have (Minnesota handling North Dakota State in impressive fashion, Illinois struggling with yet another low major), let’s delve deeper into a subject that will play a major factor in the Big Ten race: Indiana’s defense.

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