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Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins throws down a pair of incredible dunks

Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins is putting together quite the highlight-reel this season. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] The Wolverines’ sophomore forward had a pair of incredible back-to-back dunks to close out the first half of Saturday’s game vs. Youngstown State. The first highlight dunk came at the 3:05 mark in the first half when Derrick Walton connected with Dawkins for a huge alley-oop slam and the foul. Check out that dunk here. Dawkins wasn’t done there as he threw down another huge dunk to close out the first half. This one was a

Big Ten hoops roundup: Indiana, Ohio State card big victories

Ten Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action Saturday. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Indiana used a 17-2 run down the stretch to rally past Notre Dame, 80-73, in the first game of the Crossroad Classic, and previously struggling Ohio State stunned No. 4 Kentucky, 74-67, to highlight the day’s action. Catch up on all of the results below: MICHIGAN STATE 78, NORTHEASTERN 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 17 points, Bryn Forbes added 12 and No. 1 Michigan State matched the best start in school history

Maryland to wear throwback vs. Princeton tonight on BTN

Just like the football team did when it played in Baltimore this year, the Maryland men’s basketball team will wear a throwback uniform tonight in Charm City. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten uniform coverage ] The sixth-ranked Terrapins will don the design pictured in the tweet above vs. Princeton at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch the game on BTN2Go. Like the look, Big Ten fans? The uniform definitely resmebles a throwback – even the length shorts – but the shoes, well, that’s a different story.

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Big Ten big men & Illinois' big issue

This week, in my “Three Takes,” I take a trip back to the 1991-92 season, consider the Big Ten’s top big men and look at Illinois’ recurring issue inside. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Get my latest thoughts below: So much to like about this year’s group of true freshmen bigs This is the best group of big men the Big Ten has witnessed since the decorated 1991-92 class. That was the season McDonald’s All-Americans

Ex-PSU hoops player is Chewbacca double in latest Star Wars movie

Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work. [ MORE: Suotamo represents Penn State in galaxy far, far away ] Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes. Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.

'Big Ten Elite' spotlights Maryland, Indiana seasons in 2002

“Big Ten Elite: 2002 Maryland and Indiana Basketball” debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go immediately after the Maryland-Princeton basketball game. The latest in the “Big Ten Elite” series takes you inside the Maryland and Indiana men’s basketball program in 2002 and looks at the seismic changes for both as they headed toward their eventual NCAA championship game in what was then a Big Ten-ACC showdown. For Indiana, assistant coach Mike Davis took over for Bobby Knight. At Maryland, former Ohio State coach Gary Williams was in the process of rebuilding a Terrapins program in the wake of the

Big Ten Survey: Most pleasant men's hoops surprise so far is ...

We are one month into the college basketball season, and conference play is just around the corner. Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland look to be a cut-above the rest of the Big Ten pack. But which Big Ten hoops team has been the most pleasant surprise so far? I asked some writers who cover the league for their opinion. Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com: I’d have to say Northwestern. 9-1 with the only loss to North Carolina. There’s a chance the Wildcats break their NCAA tournament streak this year. Doug Bucshon, OrangeandBlueNews.com: Northwestern. Coming off of a 10th place finish in the B1G a

Watch top highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten hoops games

There were two Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action on Wednesday night. Ohio State kicked things off with a 67-54 win over Northern Illinois on BTN. With the victory, the Buckeyes improved to 5-5 on the season. Minnesota closed out the evening with an impressive 70-52 victory over Chicago State. Catch up on all of the action with our Big Ten scoreboard. Check out some of the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten basketball action.

Read Frank Kaminsky's full thank you letter to Bo Ryan

Frank Kaminsky is the best player of the highly successful Bo Ryan era. [ MORE: Get our favorite Twitter reaction to Bo Ryan retiring ] The consensus 2014-15 national player of the year candidate led Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Four appearances, including a trip to last season’s national final vs. Duke. It wasn’t always easy for Kaminsky in Madison, though, and that goes for on the court and with his head coach. Kaminsky’s Wisconsin career was typical of a Ryan big. He saw little court time in his first two seasons, all while drawing plenty of criticism, before developing into

It's Monmouth & Bench Mob vs. Rutgers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN

This Sunday, Rutgers takes on Monmouth (N.J.) at 1 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Yes, THAT Monmouth, the one with the high-energy collection of bench players who have become the buzz of college basketball this season. Known on Twitter as @MonmouthBench, the Monmouth Hawks reserve players are anything but reserved. Find out why in this post.