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Best highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball games

It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Sulaimon, transfers & Michigan

In this week’s “Three Takes,” I offer some insight on Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon, the Big Ten’s number of impact transfers and Michigan’s familiar struggles. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Rasheed Sulaimon’s instant impact Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon has had a great relationship with Rasheed Sulaimon and his family for years. If it wasn’t for the power of the Duke brand, the McDonald’s All-American would’ve probably committed to Turgeon and Texas A&M in high school.

Player Rankings: A.J. Hammons plays his way back onto list

Bad news, Big Ten fans: Purdue's A.J. Hammons is starting to heat up. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week returns to Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings, checking in at No. 6. The top 5 remains the same as last week.

Video: Johnny Hill comes from behind for the big-time block

Defense lives here, the Mackey Arena sign reads. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Purdue’s Johnny Hill know this. Monday night, the Purdue point guard flashed his defensive abilities on a must-see block that delighted the Purdue faithful in a 80-53 win over IUPUI. The block came in transition, after the Boilermakers turned the ball over, as Hill came from behind to reject Mason Archie II’s would-be layup nearly midway through the second half. Aside from the block, Hill

Big Ten roundup: Iowa, No. 11 Purdue roll to home victories

Iowa and No. 11 Purdue cruised to easy home victories Monday night. The Hawkeyes drilled Western Illinois, 90-56, while the undefeated Boilermakes made easy work of IUPUI, 80-53. Catch up on all of the action below: IOWA 90, WESTERN ILLINOIS 56 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Jarrod Uthoff scored a career-high 27 points and Iowa beat Western Illinois 90-56 on Monday for its fourth consecutive win. Uthoff grabbed nine rebounds and was 10 of 16 from the floor, helping the Hawkeyes (7-2) shoot 50 percent (33 of 66) from the field. Dom Uhl scored 15 points and Adam Woodbury

Michigan State takes over top spot in AP & Coaches polls

Tom Izzo and Michigan State are on a roll, winning their first nine games to open the 2015-16 campaign. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Spartans are playing so well that they are the new No. 1 team in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday afternoon. Two other Big Ten teams are ranked in the polls: Maryland falls to No. 6 (AP) and No. 9 (Coaches) following its first loss of the season, at North Carolina, while Purdue checks at No. 11 in the

Watch Aaron Falzon drain 3-pointer after losing right shoe

Northwestern’s Aaron Falzon can stroke it from just about anywhere on the court. [ MORE: Track all of today’s Big Ten action on our scoreboard ] As we learned Saturday afternoon vs. SIU-Edwardsville, this also applies when the true freshman is missing a shoe. Falzon, who entered the game shooting 38 percent from distance, drained a first-half 3-pointer after losing his right shoe on the team’s previous possession. The shoe came off in a similar position as another one did in an Iowa-Northwestern game in early 2013, when former Hawkeyes’ star Aaron White threw it off the court, nearly taking