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Illinois tops Minnesota in double OT

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

Minnesota at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime Tuesday night and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed the 81-72 victory over Minnesota. Paul swiped the ball from Ralph Sampson III for the dunk that gave the Illini (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) a three-point cushion at 73-70. Leonard’s layup with 1:11 left made it 78-72 and finished the Golden Gophers (12-2, 0-1). Paul finished with 21 points. Leonard had 20 and a game-high 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Wisconsin hands Nebraska loss in Big Ten opener

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Wisconsin at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Ryan Evans scored a career-high 22 points and No. 11 Wisconsin defeated injury-plagued Nebraska 64-40 in the Cornhuskers’ inaugural Big Ten game Tuesday night. The Huskers closed within five points early in the second half, but the Badgers went on a 27-5 run to put the game out of reach. Jordan Taylor added 15 points as the Badgers (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth consecutive Big Ten opener. Toney McCray led the Huskers (8-4, 0-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Read the full AP recap, view the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Leonard

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Oh My Meyers Leonard - Illini Dunk

Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard has been turning heads all season long, but now that the Big Ten season underway, the rest of the Big Ten is about to see what this guy is all about. In Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota, the athletic 7-footer flashed his unusual skills on a highlight-reel alley-oop. Leonard set a pick, rolled to the hoop, and threw down a perfect pass from guard Brandon Paul with relative ease. Watch the play now.

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Head Decides to Leave Illinois

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Big Ten Blast: Dec. 27th Afternoon Update

Illinois released a statement Tuesday announcing that sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the Illinois basketball program. Head played in 26 career games with the Illini, averaging 1.2 points. Last season he played in 17 games and nine games this season.  “We are disappointed with Crandall’s decision not to continue his career at Illinois, but ultimately we want what is best for him,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in the statement.

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Indiana continues climb in major polls

The Indiana Hoosiers, one of the nation’s final six undefeated teams, continue their ascent in the major college basketball polls. Indiana (12-0) lands at No. 15 in the latest Coaches Poll, released Monday. The Hoosiers, who were No. 18 last week, knocked off Howard and UMBC this past week to enter Big Ten play with a perfect record. Ohio State remains at No. 2, while Wisconsin comes in at No. 11, Michigan No. 16 and Michigan State No. 17. The Big Ten schedule tips Tuesday night, with Illinois hosting Minnesota (7:30 ET, BTN) and Nebraska entertaining Wisconsin (9, ESPN2).

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Big Ten names hoops players of the week

The Big Ten Conference announced its latest Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and the honorees featured two student-athletes who earned their second honors of the young season. See who took home the awards and what they did this past week in this post. Also, check out the women’s winners here.

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Big Ten favorites: Look back & ahead

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The Images of the Year

As we wind things down for this holiday weekend, the team here at BTN.com offers up some of our favorite things. We house a whole bunch of great videos inside but we also rolled out BTN2Go this fall. The reviews have been strong so far but go see it for yourself. Like you, BTN.com loves cool Internet videos. That’s why we created a “Did You See This?” running archive of great nightly Big Ten moments, like this one. And this one. And, yes, this one. Just bookmark it already.

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