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Big Ten Geeks: Michigan stands alone

Glenn Robinson III

Michigan at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week.

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Dienhart: Purdue has plenty of questions this spring

Darrell Hazell

2014 Signing Day - Purdue

There is just no sugarcoating it: Darrell Hazell’s debut was brutal. How brutal? The 1-11 season arguably was the worst in Purdue history. And the one win came vs. a FCS foe that went—you guessed it—1-11. There was very little that this team did well last season during a winless Big Ten campaign in which blowouts were the norm. Perhaps this summarizes things best: The best player on the team was the punter.

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No. 12 Michigan rolls Illinois, claims outright B1G title

Glenn Robinson III

Michigan at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and No. 12 Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first Big Ten title outright since 1986 with an 84-53 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten) were 16 of 23 from 3-point range, including Stauskas’ career-high seven.

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Photos: Michigan celebrates with B1G championship trophy

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Michigan at Illinois - Top Plays

Michigan won its first outright Big Ten championship since 1986 on Tuesday night. Based on the subdued celebration in the locker room, the Wolverines are expecting to do a lot more damage the rest of the season. Check out a few photos of the Wolverines and the Big Ten championship trophy 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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Heart condition ends Jay Simpson's Purdue career

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Simpson Dunks for Purdue

(AP) Doctors have told Purdue forward Jay Simpson his career is over because of a heart condition. In a release issued Tuesday night, coach Matt Painter said the redshirt freshman was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – the same condition former basketball stars Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier all died from.

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