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Big Ten Geeks: Defense on Day One

Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s team came up with the ball just three times.

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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 3

Tom Izzo & Bo Ryan

Nik Stauskas' Ball Rolls Around the Rim, & then Drops

Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney.

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Nik Stauskas & Shavon Shields share B1G honors

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nik Stauskas Beats the Buzzer with a Three!

The Big Ten office releases its Players of the Week for the final week of the regular season on Monday morning. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Nebraska’s Shavon Shields shared Player of the Week honors, while Indiana’s Troy Williams took home Freshman of the Week. Learn more about each player’s week and watch their highlights in this post.

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Video: Nik Stauskas answers Illini fans' 'U-S-A!' chants

Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas Beats the Buzzer with a Three!

It’s become common for Big Ten fans to shower Nik Stauskas with “U-S-A!” chants. The Canada native takes it all in stride, and in Tuesday night’s 84-53 Big Ten-clinching win at Illinois, he silenced said chants with a deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first half. It amazed everyone, including the fans and the broadcast crew. Watch the whole sequence in this post.

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Yarina: Michigan's top moments on way to B1G crown

Derrick Walton Jr.

Michigan State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlightss

Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 in Tuesday night’s 84-53 victory at Illinois. The Wolverines, who won a share of the 2012 crown, have now been on top of the Big Ten in two of the last three seasons. For fun, I decided to highlight some of the top moments along the way to the outright crown. There are many top moments, but these are the ones that stick out the most. What do you think?

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Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

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Nik Stauskas to Glenn Robinson Alley-Oop Dunk

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten most improved team

Denzel Valentine

Caris LeVert Heads-Up Play, And-1

We’re fast approaching the end of the regular season, so that means it’s time to start considering an All-Big Ten most improved team. Who would make your 2013-14 team? Mine is headlined by a quartet of sophomores, including Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas. See my full team, plus vote for your most improved player, in this post.

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Player of the Year Tracker: Petteway new No. 1

Terran Petteway

B1G Rewind - Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

With a couple weeks left in the regular season, there’s a new No. 1 in my latest Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker. That man is Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, who knocks Devyn Marble out of the top spot. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Nik Stauskas, Kendrick Nunn win weekly B1G honors

Kendrick Nunn

Michigan State at Michigan - Top Plays

The Big Ten office released its Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday morning. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas claimed Player of the Week and Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn took home Freshman of the Week. See what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

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If the Big Ten had an All-Star Weekend...

Devyn Marble

Stop Leaving Sam Thompson Open on Inbounds Passes

NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us, and the BTN.com team thought it would be fun to choose Big Ten participants for the annual Saturday night events and the All-Star Game. See our picks for who would compete in a mythical Big Ten Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game in this post.

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Five Big Ten players in ESPN NBA Mock Draft

Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh Interview

This year’s college basketball season is entering the home stretch, which means the NBA mock drafts are going to begin to appear on a regular basis in the upcoming months. ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman released his initial 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0 this morning, and it’s filled with plenty of Big Ten stars.

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Ready for Michigan-Ohio State? Here's our take

John Beilein & Thad Matta

Ohio State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

It’s a shame Michigan and Ohio State are guaranteed to meet just once on the hardwood this season. That one time is tonight, as No. 22 Ohio State hosts No. 15 Michigan at 9 p.m. ET. It’s a huge game, both in terms of the rivalry and the Big Ten title race. Our guys offer their game analysis in this post.

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B1G Player of the Year tracker: Marble at No. 1

Devyn Marble

Roy Devyn Marble Shake-and-Bake Jumper

Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris topped my initial list last week, but it’s Iowa’s Devyn Marble on top this week. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Here's one topic mentioned every time your team plays

Richard Pitino

Aaron Craft Steal for a LaQuinton Ross Dunk

Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team.

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Who would be the first pick in a Big Ten Draft?

Gary Harris

Gary Harris Steal-Away Jam

If it’s Friday, that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State’s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised?

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Player of the Year Tracker: See our guy's top 5

Yogi Ferrell

B1G Rewind - Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2014

Now that all but one team (Nebraska) has officially reached the halfway point of the conference hoops season, it’s time unveil the first installment of my weekly Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris tops my first list. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

Midway Point Awards

The Dunks of Jamuary 2014

The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season.

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Yarina: State of Big Ten hoops address

Terran Petteway

Terran Petteway Brings Down the House with the Slam

President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union Address tonight. That being the case, I thought I’d do something super-cheesy and address the state of each Big Ten men’s basketball team. See my take on all 12 teams in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Wolverines on Top

Nik Stauskas

Michigan at Michigan State - Men's Highlights

Saturday night brought a clash of the only two remaining conference unbeatens when Michigan traveled west to take on State in East Lansing. The Spartans were down their frontcourt, as Branden Dawson’s hand lost a bout with a table earlier in the week, and Adreian Payne was still a week or two away.

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Nik Stauskas, Derrick Walton Jr. win weekly Big Ten honors

The Big Ten announced its latest weekly men’s basketball honors Monday morning, and a pair of Michigan players swept the awards. Star Nik Stauskas took Player of the Week and Derrick Walton Jr. claimed Freshman of the Week, this after the duo helped the Wolverines beat No. 10 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State to stay perfect in Big Ten play.

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