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Floor to mouth: Craft disgusts Michigan State fans

Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft: A Big Believer in the 5-Second Rule

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Earlier this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean dropped a piece gum on the court and put it right back in his mouth (watch it here). To be fair, as Crean later tweeted, it was a fresh piece that he fumbled in the process of putting in his mouth. The five-second rule applies there. But what about a wet mouthpiece that rests on the floor for several seconds?

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Did You See This? 'Halfcourt heave-ho!'

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Klarissa Bell Half Court Buzzer-Beater

Near the very end of the first half of Thursday night’s women’s basketball game between Michigan State and Iowa on BTN/BTN2Go, Michigan State’s Klarissa Bell took the inbound pass, turned, and, well, watch the video for yourself. She’s a few steps from crossing center court, and while the shot doesn’t have much arc, they all count if they go through the hoop. The shot went in just before the buzzer sounded to tie the game, 25-25.

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Did You See This? Check out this halftime show

Penn State Halftime

Halftime Show Moves

Quick Change. Frisbee Dog. Add shirtless man showing off his abdominal strength to the list of Big Ten halftime entertainment. That was the intermission show for Wednesday’s Michigan State-Penn State game at the Bryce Jordan Center. And our guys loved it, especially analyst Jim Jackson. Listen to Jackson and Dave Revsine analyze the halftime entertainment now.

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Tom Crean, Bo Ryan share hurried handshake

Indiana's Tom Crean

Tom Crean and Bo Ryan Handshake

Tom Crean and Bo Ryan have long been bitter rivals. The rivalry goes back to Crean’s Marquette days, when the two coaches faced off once a season. Nowadays, they typically play twice a year. And since Crean came to Indiana, in 2008, Ryan has owned the rivalry, to the tune of a 9-0 record. The latest win came in Tuesday’s upset at Assembly Hall, and neither coach seemed overly excited about greeting the other in the postgame handshake line. Watch the ultra-quick handshake now.

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Who throws a shoe? McCaffery ducks flying shoe

Fran McCaffery

Who Throws a Shoe?

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Warning to the Big Ten: If a player loses a shoe in Aaron White’s vicinity, be alert. In Sunday’s win at Northwestern, the Iowa sophomore nearly took out Fran McCaffery when he threw Alex Marcotullio’s shoe off the court. It was an alert move by White, actually, because play continued despite the flat tire. Thing is, in his attempt to get rid of the footwear and return to his spot on the floor in a timely manner, White tossed an absolute laser toward the Iowa bench.

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Did You See This? Thad Matta 'Semi-Pro' reference

Thad Matta

Everybody Love Everybody

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Without ever seeing Thad Matta’s DVD collection or Netflix queue, it’s safe to say he’s watched Will Ferrell’s “Semi-Pro” a time or two. He’s had to, because the coach referenced one of the movie’s most popular catchphrases in Sunday’s postgame press conference following No. 14 Ohio State’s victory over No. 2 Michigan. The phrase: “E.L.E,” or “Everybody Love Everybody.” Watch Matta’s Hollywood reference now.

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Just another Sam Thompson highlight jam

Sam Thompson

Thompson One-Hands the Alley-oop

I must admit, it’s getting very, very hard to write something creative each time Sam Thompson leaps out of the gym and delivers an incredible dunk (view his highlight reel). So for the sake of saving your time, do yourself a favor and watch the sophomore’s latest effortless alley-oop. And this one was extra sweet, because it provided an important two points in a close victory over heated rival Michigan.

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Vote: Which Wisconsin dunk was best?

Sam Dekker

Slam Dekker: Great One-Handed Dunk

Wisconsin is known for its methodical offense, strong defense and significant homecourt advantage. It is not known for its play above the rim or for registering a bunch of jaw-dropping dunks. That wasn’t case in Saturday’s win over Illinois, when the Badgers totaled four huge dunks, including this Sam Dekker beauty. Watch all of Wisconsin’s big jams from Saturday and vote for your favorite in this post.

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Did You See This? Cody Zeller dribble, drive & dunk

Cody Zeller

A Big Dunk for Zeller

Cody Zeller isn’t your typical big man. The Indiana sophomore runs the floor as well as anyone, almost regardless of height, and he can handle the ball, too. He showed the latter skill on a highlight-reel dunk in Saturday’s win over No. 10 Minnesota. And this one looked like a play a wing would make, as Zeller, from beyond the arc, penetrated and hammered it home. He even took a seat against the basket support after the poke. Watch the highlight now.

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Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

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.

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Did You See This? Ed Hightower, meet scorer's table

Ed Hightower

Referee Ed Hightower Hits the Table

In the first half of No. 2 Michigan’s 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday at Crisler Center, well-known referee Ed Hightower got up close and personal with the scorer’s table. It all happened following a loose ball near the Nebraska bench, when Hightower, the ball and Shavon Shields all met at the same point. The result: Hightower, while trying to signal the call, fell onto the table. Watch the sequence here.

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Video: Best moments from Denard Robinson's career

Denard Robinson

Ultimate Denard Robinson Highlight

During the BTN era, it’s hard to believe there’s been a more polarizing athlete than Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Regardless of how one feels about him, he excited and thrilled on the football field. From his first snap against Western Michigan to his transition to wide receiver-running back this season, Robinson often proved worthy of the national spotlight. On Monday’s Big Ten Football Report, we looked back at Robinson’s best moments. Watch the feature now.

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Trevor Mbakwe gets swat, then big-time slam

Trevor Mbakwe

Mbakwe Blocks and Dunks

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It took Trevor Mbakwe most of the nonconference season to work his way back from last year’s season-ending knee surgery. Either that, or Tubby Smith just decided to bring him back slowly. It was probably the latter, come to think of it, but the sixth-year senior sure looks good now.

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Tim Miles, Nebraska give Tom Osborne framed jersey

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne Receives a Framed Jersey

Before Sunday’s game vs. Wisconsin, Nebraska coach Tim Miles presented recently retired athletic director Tom Osborne with a framed Nebraska jersey. It wasn’t any Nebraska jersey, either. It was the special alternate adidas jersey the Huskers wore Sunday, and it included Osborne’s name above the number, No. 1. Watch the presentation in this video now.

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Did You See This? Bo Ryan burns Tim Doyle

Bo Ryan

Tim Doyle Gets Burned by Bo Ryan

Let’s get two things out of the way here first: 1.) Bo Ryan gives pretty entertaining postgame interviews, ones often peppered with a joke or two; and 2.) BTN analyst Tim Doyle’s Northwestern career was a lot better than most remember. OK, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get to Ryan’s postgame interview with Doyle following Sunday’s 47-41 victory at Nebraska.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 videos

Sam Thompson

McGary Blocks a Dunk, Burke Scores

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Take a quick look at BTN.com’s top 10 videos from the past week, and you’ll notice Ohio State fans miss their football. More specifically, stud quarterback Braxton Miller. A month-plus after Ohio State’s final game, four of Miller’s incredible 2012 highlights made the list. The rest, of course, were basketball. See all of our top 10 most-watched videos in this post.

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Did You See This? Hardaway one-handed dunk

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Hardaway One-Handed Dunk

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No. 2 Michigan came up with more than its share of highlights (watch all of them) during Sunday’s victory over Iowa. None, however, were bigger than Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s terrific one-handed slam. In transition, Hardaway Jr. outraced several Hawkeyes down the floor, took the pass from Trey Burke, and threw it down over Iowa’s Eric May. Watch the dunk here, and see some Twitter reaction in this post.

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Michigan State denies Branden Dawson punch

Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson - Travis Carroll Altercation

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Earlier Saturday, BTN aired a clip of Michigan State’s Branden Dawson possibly throwing a punch at Purdue’s Travis Carroll during Saturday afternoon’s game. Since then, Michigan State has reviewed the tape from different angles, and said it doesn’t appear Dawson threw a punch. Watch our video of the play in question now.

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Did You See This? Bertrand reverse alley-oop

Joseph Bertrand

Bertrand Behind the Back Alley-oop

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While not quite to the level of J.R. Smith a few days ago, Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand went for a silly reverse alley-oop of his own in Saturday’s rout of Ohio State. Brandon Paul set up the highlight-reel play with a pass that he delivered from just inside the halfcourt line. Watch the reverse alley-oop here and see a great picture of it in this post.

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D.J. Byrd grabs late rebound, on knees, calls timeout

D.J. Byrd

D.J. Byrd Quick Thinking Timeout

There are plays that fans never forget, and D.J. Byrd came up with one in Wednesday’s 68-61 win over Illinois that the Purdue faithful should have no trouble remembering. With 21.5 seconds left, Purdue leading 63-61 and Jacob Lawson at the free-throw line, Byrd corralled a missed freebie, on his knees, and managed to call a timeout before going out of bounds. Watch the play here.

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