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Northwestern defeats Penn State, 70-54

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Northwestern at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Dave Sobolewski scored 18 points and Jared Swopshire added 17 as Northwestern handled cold-shooting Penn State with ease in a 70-54 Big Ten Conference victory Thursday night. The Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) used a 25-4 run over an 11-minute span to lead by as many as 17 points, 33-16, in the first half. Penn State didn’t score a basket for nearly seven minutes during that span.

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Michigan State rallies to win at Iowa

Tom Izzo

Michigan State at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped No. 22 Michigan State hold off Iowa 62-59 on Thursday night. Gary Harris had 14 points for the Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who hung on late for their eighth win in nine games.

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This weekend: Hoosiers vs. Gophers & 'The Journey'

Victor Oladipo

Watch the Debut of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013"

BTN will be live from Bloomington this Saturday for a one-hour pregame show at 11 a.m. ET leading up to a Big Ten battle between No. 10 Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana at noon. BTN’s Dave Revsine and analyst Shon Morris will lead the show from courtside at Indiana’s Assembly Hall, then Gus Johnson and analyst Jim Jackson will call the game.

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Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 10th Afternoon Update

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Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory.

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Twitter: OK, now 15-1 Minnesota is for real

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Rodney Williams With the Flush

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Heading into Wednesday night’s game at No. 13 Illinois, No. 10 Minnesota still had its doubters. This was, for the most part, the same team that missed the NCAA tournament last season. So, it was only normal that it would have naysayers despite a 14-1 record, the lone loss coming to No. 1 Duke abroad.

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Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

Last night, it was Sam Thompson putting A.J. Hammons on a poster (Watch it). Wednesday night, it was Brandon Paul doing it to Trevor Mbakwe. Paul’s posterizing flush was as impressive as any we’ve seen this year, but it also was a little controversial. The Illini senior was called for a charge on the play, and yet the bucket counted. Maybe because the dunk was just THAT good? Watch the slam now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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