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Super Seven: Biggest upsets in Big Ten men's play

The idea of David slaying Goliath is what makes sport great. Think about it: Upsets are the games we usually always remember. And the Big Ten has been filled with them this season. Just ask Indiana, which has been victimized more times than any Big Ten club this season. That’s the peril of being ranked so highly. With just a handful of games left in the regular season, here’s a look at what I think have been the seven biggest upsets this season in Big Ten league action. [ PREVIOUS SUPER SEVENS: Intimidators | Clutch shooters | Big men | Freshmen | Seniors ] *** 1. Penn State 84, Michigan 78,

Super Seven: Big Ten names flying under the radar

We all know who the superstars are in the Big Ten—Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas, Brandon Paul, Trevor Mbakwe. This year the list really could go on quite a bite. But who do I think have been some of the most underrated players this season in the conference? Glad you asked. This week’s Super Seven is my look at the players that we’ve all heard of but maybe don’t appreciate as much as we should. Go ahead and tell me your lists at the bottom of this post, via Twitter or in my Big Ten mailbag. [

Super Seven: And my top Big Ten seniors are ...

Seniors in college basketball—good seniors–often times are a rare breed. If a player is really good, he’ll often leave early for the pros before his senior season. Still, a senior is a senior, and most any coach would love to have the experience and savvy they bring to a roster. That know-how is invaluable to any team during its pursuit of a league title and March Madness run. And the Big Ten is loaded with many good seniors in 2012-13. In fact, many top ones didn’t make this list, including Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, Minnesota’s Rodney Williams, Purdue’s D.J. Byrd and

Super Seven: Who can bring the intimidation?

Basketball isn’t all about shooting, rebounding, passing and setting picks. Intimidation also is a factor. Remember those “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams that won world titles? There’s nothing like having a rough and rugged player who strikes fear into opponents. His presence creates operating room for teammates, while also commanding respect from foes. In their prime NBA players like Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, Bill Laimbeer and Maurice Stokes personified intimidation, setting a tone and standard that still stands today. The Big Ten has several players who bring an intimidation factor to the court. Here’s a look at the seven most intimidating

Who would you pick to take the last shot?

Your team has the ball and is trailing by two points with less than 10 seconds to play. Who do you want to take the last shot? It’s no time for the faint at heart or the timid. Nope. This is the time for the clutch players with ice in their veins to step up. Here’s my look at the seven players who I would want to take that critical shot. 1. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State. The guy is the best pure scorer in the Big Ten with seemingly limitless range—witness a league-high 20.5-scoring average. And check out his 41.9

Super Seven: Ranking the Big Ten's best big men

We all know that come March, college basketball becomes all about the guards. In fact, whatever teams have the best guard play typically advance the farthest in the NCAA tourney. But, every coach loves to have a big man–especially a GOOD big man. And, look around: They typically are few and far between. But this year, the Big Ten has a plethora of good players who are 6-10 or taller—and three of them are freshmen. I’ve been chalking up Super Sevens all season, and now here’s my look at who I think are the best big men (6-10 and taller) in

Super Seven: A look at the games that will matter most

This is a big week in the Big Ten, with myriad big games beginning with Minnesota’s contests at Illinois and at Indiana. Along those lines, I take a look at the seven Big Ten games that will go the longest way in determining who will win the conference championship. [ RELATED: Big Ten Whiteboard: Dienhart previews the week ahead ] 1. Michigan at Indiana, Feb. 2. Save the date. This is it, a battle between the Big Ten’s top teams in one of the most iconic venues in the nation. Try getting a ducat to this tilt. This will be

Super Seven: My top Big Ten freshman stars

The Big Ten has a nice collection of freshmen who already are making a big impact. Michigan has the best group, with the likes of Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas already shining. In this week’s Super Seven, I take a look at the Big Ten’s best freshman to date. Vote for your No. 1 freshman at the bottom of this post. 1. Nik Stauskas, Michigan. The Wolverines may have the best collection of freshmen in the Big Ten. Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary got the headlines entering the season, but Stauskas is emerging as perhaps the

Super Seven: Ranking best Big Ten hoops arenas

When it comes to the best hoop arenas in the nation, places like Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse often are mentioned. But the Big Ten has its share of iconic venues, and I rank the conference’s seven best in this week’s Super Seven. [ RELATED: Where does your team land on our latest Power Rankings? ] 1. Assembly Hall, Indiana. The place has been rocking since it opened in 1971. This iconic edifice has been home to three national titles and countless big wins over the years and was at its

Super Seven: Ranking Big Ten's best starts

It’s a new season. So, it’s time for a new feature. Welcome to the “Super Seven.” Each week, I will look at different aspect of Big Ten basketball—and rank it from 1-7. The seven best coaches, seven best arenas, seven best shooters, etc. To kick things off, I’m looking at the seven most impressive starts to the season. 1. Illinois. What a difference a new coach has made. John Groce arrived from Ohio and has the Fighting Illini off to a 10-0 start, which is among the most surprising beginnings of any team in the nation. Brandon Paul is playing