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Matt Painter

Jan. 15 East-West Shrine Game Practice Report

Great win for Purdue at Illinois last night. In fact, the Boilermakers may look back on that cold January night in Champaign as a turning point in a 2013-14 season that just wasn’t getting off the ground. Watch this video to learn three things Purdue beat writer Nathan Baird learned about the Boilermakers’ victory in Champaign. I learned this – OK, I already knew it – but When A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson play well, Purdue is difficult to beat. And, don’t look now, but Purdue soon could be 4-2 in the Big Ten after an 0-2 start.

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Illinois' John Groce delivers strong postgame statement

John Groce

John Groce 1/15 Postgame Press Conference

After kicking off the Big Ten season with impressive wins over Indiana and Penn State, Illinois has now lost three straight, including Wednesday night’s 66-58 loss to Purdue in Champaign. Illinois coach John Groce addressed the media following the game and had some strong words, making it very clear how unhappy he was with his team’s performance.

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Former OSU star Greg Oden returns with huge dunk

Greg Oden

Greg Oden Interview

No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American.

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Video: Michigan State goes all-Duke vs. Chris Collins

Spartans Slap Floor

Spartan Defense Slaps the Ground

It’s not rare to see teams slap the floor as a group as they set up on defense vs. Duke. It’s a Duke thing, after all, and teams aren’t shy about mocking the tradition when they play the Blue Devils. Who says you can’t also do it vs. former Duke products? New Northwestern coach Chris Collins played for Duke and also spent 13 seasons there as an assistant, so perhaps that’s why the Spartans all slapped the floor early in Wednesday’s game.

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Learn about NU's Purple 'Gotcha Ball Kid Program'

Northwestern Ball kid Program

Lincoln Elementary School “Gotcha” Program

Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern for the “Gotcha Ball Kid Program” that rewards students’ good behavior with opportunities to be a ball kid at Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball games. When Lincoln students display exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork and respect, they receive a special purple Northwestern “gotcha” from a teacher or school staff member.

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

Yogi Ferrell

Crean, Ferrell and Sheehey Talk Win Over Wisconsin

Big win last night for Indiana over unbeaten Wisconsin. BIG win. This was the signature victory that had been lacking from the Hoosiers’ resume. It’s also a victory that may spark Indiana in what thus far has been a lackluster season. How big was the win for IU fans? They rushed the court. Seemed a bit excessive, but, what the heck.

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