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Big Ten Geeks: Foul!

Wisconsin picked up an overtime win over Michigan in a contest with plenty of late-game drama. Wisconsin and Michigan both found themselves with plenty of fouls to give at the end of regulation on Saturday, but neither team opted to hack to deprive the opponent of a desperation heave. While I believe Wisconsin committed error when it opted not to foul Michigan before Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a three-pointer to break a tie with just a few ticks left, I don’ think Michigan did anything wrong by forcing Ben Brust to make a contested 40-foot runner at the buzzer.

Big Ten products up for 2012 ESPY Awards

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, huh? The 2012 ESPY Awards will mark the 20th installment of ESPN’s annual awards show. It all happens Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As is the case every year, Big Ten products are up for their share of awards. See all of the Big Ten nominees in this post. Also, you can vote on the ESPY Awards here. Best Record-Breaking Performance Drew Brees Mike Krzyzewski Mariano Rivera Lexi Thompson Brees, a Purdue product, broke NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s single-season record for most passing yards, with

UK-IU, SU-UW land on SB Nation's top 10 games of 2011-12

That Kentucky-Indiana men’s basketball game in December was pretty memorable, wasn’t it? The guys over at thought it was so great, in fact, the game that forever cemented Christian Watford in Indiana lore claimed the No. 2 spot in the publication’s Top 10 Best College Basketball Games of 2011-12. The only game better than Indiana’s buzzer-beating upset of No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall (AP recap): No. 1 Kentucky’s win over No. 5 North Carolina (AP recap). Another Big Ten team’s game landed on the list, and while Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 defeat to Syracuse (AP recap) didn’t produce a buzzer-beater,

Watford, Zeller to Return to IU Next Season

Let the anticipation begin at Indiana. With the official announcement this morning that Christian Watford and Cody Zeller were returning to the Hoosiers for next season, Indiana can begin thinking big for 2012-13. How big? The Hoosiers may be the preseason No. 1 team. At the least, Indiana figures to be the heavy favorite to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2001-02, when the Hoosiers also lost in the national title game to Maryland with Mike Davis as the coach. Indiana last won the national championship in 1986-87 under Bobby Knight’s stewardship. The decision of Watford and

Big Ten Geeks: Previewing Friday

While Thursday is the potentially big night for the Big Ten, with three schools looking to reach the Elite Eight, Friday night brings the enticing rematch of Indiana and Kentucky. The Hoosiers have surpassed all expectations by reaching the Sweet Sixteen for just the second time in 18 years, and they now have a golden opportunity to knock off most people’s national title pick. Let’s look at the match-up. ** Indiana vs. Kentucky – approx. 9:45pm ET, CBS The Wildcats stormed through their schedule this season, knocking off fellow title contenders Kansas and North Carolina in nonconference play and going 16-0

Big Ten Geeks: By The Slimmest of Margins!

Illinois picked up a much needed victory at Northwestern, but they sure didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Wildcats came out executing their offense to the tune of 1.13 points per possession in the first half, a very solid showing against a good Illini defense. John Shurna was at the forefront of the attack, putting up 17 first half points. Northwestern built a double digit lead before a late Illinois run made it closer at the half. In the second half, Illinois’ defense finally showed up. Northwestern managed just three points in the first nine minutes after the break,

Indiana's Buzzer-Beater set to "Hoosiers"

There’s been no shortage of Indiana reaction since its upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky at the last second Saturday at Assembly Hall, and for good reason. It was an unreal game between two of the nation’s most prestigious programs, and it came down to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that resulted in a crazy scene in Bloomington, Ind. Now, there’s a video that matches the memorable final 5.6 seconds and ensuing madness to the soundtrack of “Hoosiers.” Watch the video in this post. Here’s the voice of Indiana basketball Don Fischer’s call of the play: Brent Yarina is a web editor and

Big Ten Geeks: Is Indiana Back?

No doubt that after the Hoosiers’ dramatic win over top-ranked Kentucky that the talk centers on whether Tom Crean’s rebuilding job of the once-proud program is complete. There are certainly a lot of reasons to think so, even aside from the whole just-beat-the-best-team-in-the-country thing. For one, let’s take a look at the talent on the roster. The core of this team comprises Christian Watford (a one-time top 50 recruit), Victor Oladipo (one of the best freshmen in all of college basketball last season), and McDonald’s All-American Cody Zeller. Each of these players are certainly worthy of major minutes at any

Big Ten hands out weekly hoops honors

The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday. A pair of forwards shared player of the week, while a standout point guard took home freshman honors. See the winners in this post. Co-Players of the Week: Christian Watford, Indiana, F – Jr. – 6-9 – Birmingham, Ala. – Shades Valley Sank the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to help Indiana defeat No. 1 Kentucky, 73-72, in Bloomington on Saturday Finished the game with a team-high 20 points, 17 coming in the second half, along with five rebounds Led the Hoosiers to their first

All over Indiana's upset of No. 1 UK

In case you were busy preparing for the Heisman Trophy presentation or doing who knows what, Indiana upset No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. Yes, Indiana, the same team that combined for two wins over ranked opponents the past three-plus seasons, upset the nation’s top-ranked team. But, as the Hoosiers’ 9-0 start would indicate, this isn’t the same Indiana team. For starters, they have the highly touted Cody Zeller in the fold, along with the most talent they’ve had since Tom Crean came to town. Get reaction, tweets, photos and video from the upset in this post. Speaking of video, watch