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Did You See This? Derrick Nix drops cheerleaders

Derrick Nix is 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds. Save for Nebraska’s Andre Almeida, Nix is the last guy in the Big Ten that anyone would want falling on him or her. That’s especially true when the “her” is a couple of cheerleaders. Yep, Nix accidentally took out a pair of cheerleaders on the baseline in the first half of Wednesday’s win over Minnesota. Watch Nix’s momentum take him out of bounds and the end result now. All I can say is it’s a good think this was the 270-pound Nix and not the 300-plus pound version from the past. Here are

Big Ten Geeks: Inconvenient Truths

This may surprise you, but every now and then we say something that really gets fans riled up. The best example of this is our belief that while Aaron Craft is a very good defender, he is not, nor has he ever been, Ohio State’s best defender. And this year, he’s not even the team’s best perimeter defender. Rather than take this as a complement to Ohio State’s collection of outstanding defenders, a lot of people take this as a slight to Craft. Well, today I want to say all sorts of things that I think are true, but I

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

Michigan State's Derrick Nix tweets he's a vegetarian

Michigan State big man Derrick Nix tipped the scales at 270 pounds last season, according to his MSUSpartans.com profile. Nix wants to be in better shape for his senior season, and he’s doing something about it. Something major. He tweeted Tuesday that he will become a vegetarian for the next year. That’s Aug. 20, 2012 to Aug. 20, 2013. See Nix’s tweet in this post. https://twitter.com/DerrickNix25/status/238085112774922240 Hey, Nix isn’t the first athlete to go the vegetarian route. MLB star Prince Fielder gave it a try in the past, although he never really seemed to slim down. Expect Nix to shed

Michigan State Spartans center Derrick Nix (left) talks with head coach Tom Izzo in the game against the Saint Louis Billikens during the third round in the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena. Michigan State won the game 65-61. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Spartans C Nix reinstated to team

Michigan State center Derrick Nix announced he will stay with the team during an emotional news conference on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Nix pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. Nix had been suspended after his arrest but on Thursday Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reinstated him to the team with certain conditions. Read the latest story here. You can find the audio of the press conference at SpartanSportsNetwork. And if you’re on Twitter, you must follow @BTNStatsGuy, who is fountain of Big Ten statistical information. If you don’t use Twitter, check out these gems from Thursday. #MichiganState

Dienhart: MSU's Nix suspended after arrest

The future looked so bright for Michigan State center Derrick Nix. Now, it’s murky. Nix was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with operating a vehicle with the presence of drugs and marijuana possession. “Based on the information we have received, Derrick Nix has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball team, and his future with our program is uncertain,” coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. “He made an irresponsible decision that has put his future with our program in serious jeopardy.” [AP: Michigan State’s Nix suspended following arrest] This is a bad way for Michigan State to punctuate a

Big Ten Geeks: Previewing Thursday

After a wild opening weekend, the Big Ten emerged with four teams among the remaining Sweet Sixteen. Today, we’ll preview the Thursday games, two of which are conveniently in the same regional. In Boston, it’s a four-team tournament with a Final Four spot on the line, and Big Ten teams are on both sides of the bracket. The other B1G Thursday participant will be Michigan State. We’ll delve into the Boston regional before previewing the Spartans’ path. ** Wisconsin vs. Syracuse – 7:15pm ET, CBS Much has been made of the absence of Syracuse’s starting center Fab Melo for the

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. Also, watch our interview with Aaron Craft, whose Buckeyes host Lamar at 8:30 ET Tuesday on BTN. 1. Ohio State (10-1) – Remember how Deshaun Thomas would enter games last season and