Men's Basketball

Dienhart: Three rise up, three others fall

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Fortunes continue to rise and fall in the Big Ten race, which drips with intrigue. No game this weekend is more fascinating than Michigan State’s visit to Indiana on Sunday. The Hoosiers already have lost once at home to Wisconsin. And that loss isn’t looking too good in hindsight. Indiana surely can’t afford another slip, right? But here come the Spartans, winners of six in a row and the hottest team in the Big Ten.

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Big Ten Geeks: Who are the Gophers?

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I’ll admit—I’ve never truly forgiven Minnesota for 2010. Back in those days, when the internet was over, it was my opinion that the Gophers should have been contending for a Big Ten championship. I wasn’t even close, as Minnesota finished the season at 9-9, and squeaked into the NCAA Tournament (the Gophers barely had enough time to check into their hotel before Xavier dispatched of them in the first round).

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Point guard play: What does our survey say?

Nov 27, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Andre Hollins (1) moves the ball down the court during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Keith Appling One-on-One Interview

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The Big Ten is loaded with great point guards. In fact, no conference may have a better collection. There’s Michigan’s Trey Burke, Minnesota’s Andre Hollins, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Michigan State’s Keith Appling, among others. The collection would be even better if Penn State’s Tim Frazier and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser weren’t out for the season with injury.

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Today's links: Here comes Indiana vs. Michigan State

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Bill Carmody One-on-One Interview

There are story lines galore for this Sunday’s Michigan State at Indiana game. So, let’s start Friday’s daily links right there. Tom Izzo will be matching wits with his protégé, Tom Crean. The battle of big men Adreian Payne and Cody Zeller will be epic. Also fascinating: How Indiana fans will react to Michigan State freshman Gary Harris, an Indianapolis area product who shunned the Hoosiers for the Spartans.

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No. 3 Michigan holds off Purdue, 68-53

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Purdue at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave No. 2 Michigan a boost on defense, helping the Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half for a 68-53 win Thursday night.

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Journey: Behind the scenes with 3 teams

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Watch "The Journey 2013" on Jan. 27th

BTN airs the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” around 8 p.m. ET immediately after Sunday’s men’s basketball game between Michigan and Illinois on BTN/BTN2Go.

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