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Victor Oladipo on pace to make Big Ten history

Twenty-four games into the season, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo has reached the minimum (125 field goals made) to qualify for the Big Ten’s all-time single-season field goal percentage list. Oladipo, currently at 127 field goals made, is shooting a ridiculous 64.5 percent, the highest by any guard in Big Ten history, and the highest by any player since Michigan’s Maceo Baston (68.2 percent) in 1995-96. [ VIDEO: Clark Kellogg: ‘Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom…’ ] TOP 10 SINGLE-SEASON FG% IN B1G HISTORY 1. .698 – Stephen Scheffler, Purdue, 1989-90 2. .682 – Maceo Baston, Michigan, 1995-96 3. .676 –

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.

Clark Kellogg: 'Victor Oladipo is like a baby's bottom...'

CBS analyst and former Ohio State standout Clark Kellogg offered quite the descriptive analysis of Indiana guard Victor Oladipo’s game during No. 1 Indiana’s win at No. 10 Ohio State. After showing a montage of Oladipo’s highlights coming out of a timeout, Kellogg spewed this memorable line: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” For real. Watch the analysis in this video. [ RELATED: Want to embed BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] Interesting analysis aside, Oladipo lived up to the hype in Indiana’s win at Ohio State, scoring a career-high 26 points and adding eight rebounds,

Big Ten survey: Toughest player in men's hoops?

Yes, the object in basketball is score. You need athletes, shooters, passers and rebounders. But good teams also possess toughness. You don’t have to be 6-10, 250 pounds to be tough. Nope, toughness comes in many shapes and sizes. I think back to some past Big Ten players who embodied what I felt was true toughness—players like Ohio State’s Chris Jent, Michigan’s Steve Grote, Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves, Iowa’s Jess Settles and Purdue’s Jim Rowinski—among others. Those guys were bulldogs who gave no quarter while on the floor, true warriors. Who is the Big Ten’s toughest player? Using a rather

Did You See This? Oladipo's missed alley-oop

Here’s a first: Writing a post about a missed dunk. Never thought the day would come when such a thing would be worth highlighting, but no one could have guessed Victor Oladipo would come so close to completing an absolutely silly alley-oop. Watch the near highlight-reel dunk and a replay of it in this post. Or, hey, just check out the image of it on the video player here. [ RELATED: Looking for a particular dunk? Find it in our Dunk Archive ] Honestly, look how far he reached just to catch the ball. And, somehow, Oladipo sounded frustrated in

Big Ten Geeks: It's Ola-doeverything for Indiana

Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration. While IU’s perimeter defense isn’t exactly a strength (teams are more than willing

Big Ten Geeks: Early Dominance

This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes. Team Two-Point Pct. Three-Point Pct. Turnover Pct. Points per Possession Indiana 66.7 63.6 12.5 1.63 Minnesota 53.8 38.5 37.5 0.91 Throw in the fact that the Hoosiers secured half of their (rare) misses, and this is about as close as you’ll find to offensive perfection. There was not a single statistical category in

Photos: Early All-Big Ten most improved teams

When talking most improved player, the Big Ten boasts plenty of candidates. There are proven guys who have taken their game to another level, such as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and there are previously unproven guys who have made the most of extra playing time, such as Ohio State’s Shannon Scott. See my All-Big Ten most improved teams in the photo gallery below. About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read

Big Ten Geeks: Christmas Wishlist, Part I

As we finish up non-conference play, we’re getting a better picture of where the teams stack up, and where they have holes to fill. No team is perfect, so everyone could stand to benefit from some gifts from Santa (or whoever). Here’s a rundown of what everyone needs. Illinois (11-0) Illinois’ fast start has been powered by its hot outside shooting. Not only are the Illini making a lot of 3s (39.6 percent), but over 40 percent of their attempts have come from three-point range. That’s good for the 11 wins John Groce’s team has banked, but can the Illini

Did You See This? Oladipo brings down Assembly Hall

There are posterizing dunks, and then there is Victor Oladipo’s in-your-face slam from Saturday night. Oladipo, he of several highlight-reel dunks in his two-plus seasons (remember this one?), threw down perhaps the best poke of his career in the first half against Central Connecticut State. In transition, no one accounted for Oladipo, and he drove to the rim, where Terrell Allen went for the block. Needless to say, Allen didn’t get it. [RELATED: Dunk of the day: Oladipo or Thompson?] The dunk brought down the house at Assembly Hall, and it left the Indiana bench in disbelief. Seriously, look at