Men's Basketball

Big week leads up to big weekend of games

Aaron Craft & Deshaun Thomas

Indiana at Purdue - Men's Basketball Highlights

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It has been an interesting week in the Big Ten, with the race coming into sharper focus as we hit the halfway point. Here’s what I know: Four schools have separated themselves from the pack, with Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State appearing to be a cuts-above the rest. But don’t count out Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois just yet.

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Today's links: Writers abuzz over big game

Will Sheehey

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 1st Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend is all about No. 1 Michigan’s visit to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night in this year’s first “Game of the Year.” And the hype and analysis already has begun—rightly so. It’s a battle for first place in the Big Ten and position atop the polls. Could this be a Final Four preview? Hmmm. Let’s begin this Harbaugh-free edition of daily links right there.

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White's 27 points power Iowa to win

Penn State at Iowa

Penn State at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

Aaron White had a career-high 27 points and Iowa beat Penn State 76-67 Thursday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Melsahn Basabe had 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first start of the season for the Hawkeyes (14-7, 3-5 Big Ten), who hit 31 free throws in 39 tries.

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Michigan State rallies in second half

Illinois at Michigan State

Illinois at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to help No. 13 Michigan State beat Illinois 80-75 on Thursday night. The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead.

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Big Ten mailbag: Tourney outlook & signing day

Alex Marcotullio

Watch "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013" on Feb. 2nd

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Time to reach into my mail bag, as we head toward the halfway point of the hoop season and look forward to Signing Day on Wednesday. So, without further delay, let’s dig right in and start with a question about … Northwestern basketball?

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'Game of Change' featured tonight on hoops 'Report'

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

"Game of Change" Preview

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Last December the Michigan State Spartans played Tuskegee in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Game of Change” between racially segregated Mississippi State and integrated Loyola of Chicago in the 1963 NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional semifinals hosted by Michigan State. See the photos here and the game recap here.

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