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Brandon Paul Q&A: 'It brings back some great memories'

It was just one year ago when Brandon Paul hit an unforgettable buzzer-beater to lift Illinois to a memorable 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. Paul was in attendance at Thursday’s Big Ten tourney opener between Illinois and Indiana. The former Illini star played overseas in Russia with BC Nizhny Novgorod this past season. This past month, Paul signed with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He recently suffered a partially torn labrum and is scheduled to have season-ending surgery next week. I caught up with Paul at halftime and asked him

Big Ten Geeks: Weekend at Tourney's

When the dust settled on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten had four teams standing in the Sweet Sixteen. Here are some scattered thoughts on the action, bullet-point style: Wisconsin lost exactly the way I said it would—by going cold from long range. This is a perimeter-oriented team that does not shoot all that well from the perimeter, and that means that it’s bound to go ice cold at least once every few games. Unfortunately, that came in the very first round of the Tournament. I know Marshall Henderson is outspoken and scored a lot of

Did You See This? Mbakwe dunks, Paul responds

Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe threw down an incredible dunk in the second half of the opening game of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament against Illinois  then Illinois’ Brandon Paul responded with a nice move at the other end of the court. Watch it here, and follow all of our Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament action now. This dunk was pretty good, too. Catch up on all the action for the Illinois-Minnesota game on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | PREVIEW | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS  ]

Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

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. [ RELATED: Watch 2012-13 slams in our Big Ten Dunk Archive ] The dunk made for a terrific

Big Ten Geeks: On the chin

The Big Ten had a relatively bad weekend, dropping marquee games against other high-major conference teams. The main event was a battle between two top-10 teams when Kansas visited Columbus. Given that the game was on the Buckeyes’ floor, Ohio State should have won this game, and probably by more than just a point or two. Instead, Kansas ended up with a relatively comfortable 8-point win. The Jayhawks led most of the way, and started pulling away with about ten minutes left. There was no great mystery as to why OSU lost—they were terrible shooting the ball, both inside and

Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15. That’s because very few people were declaring that this team was actually as good as it looked on paper. That’s partly a function of having not played a murderer’s row of opponents (Butler destroyed the Maui bracket, making it such that Illinois might not have played a single NCAA Tournament

Illinois G Brandon Paul breaks jaw during open gym

It’s been a tough week or so for a couple Illinois standout athletes. Last week, defensive lineman Michael Buchanan broke his jaw in a Champaign altercation, and on Thursday, star guard Brandon Paul suffered the same injury during open gym. Paul, the winner of BTN’s 2012 “Most Dominating Performance,” is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. According to Paul Klee of IlliniHQ.com, the injury occurred when Paul was chasing a loose ball and collided with teammate Devin Langford’s shoulder at the Ubben Basketball Complex. Klee also

Concerning Aaron Craft's Defense

Aaron Craft is a very good defensive player. Let’s get that out of the way. Whatever you think of the next few paragraphs, remember that we all agree that Craft’s defense would improve just about any collegiate basketball team. But the sophomore guard just earned some hardware that bestowed loftier praise than just being “very good.” Indeed, it is the opinion of Big Ten coaches that Craft is the conference’s best defensive player. At the risk of dismissing the opinions of 12 men who know a lot about basketball, I think they got this one wrong. Measuring defense is not

Big Ten Geeks: The Charity Stripe

Indiana made a living at the foul line in a chippy 13-point win over visiting Illinois. For about 30 minutes, this was a tight, back-and-forth game, with six lead changes and 14 ties. Over the final 10 minutes, however, the Hoosiers took advantage of the foul-riddled Illini to pull away. Indiana not only got to the foul line at an astounding rate; it also shot incredibly well from there, going 35 of 42 (83 percent). Paired with the Hoosiers’ customary accuracy from the field and a low turnover rate, it powered Indiana to a scorching 1.26 points per possession, the

Dienhart: Q&A with Illinois' Brandon Paul

It was a night of singular greatness that has been unmatched by any other Big Ten player this season—and few across the nation, for that matter. I’m talking about Brandon Paul’s out-of-his mind, 43-point effort in a 79-74 win over No. 5 Ohio State back in January. On that night, Paul couldn’t miss in carrying the Fighting Illini to victory. I was there and it really was something to behold. The junior guard was at it again recently, posting a 28-point, nine-rebound effort in an overtime loss at Minnesota last Saturday, and then notching 18 points in a home win