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Power Rankings: Hot again, Illinois moves on up

Tyler Griffey

Illinois Upsets No. 1 Indiana, Fans Rush Court

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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The week that was: BTN.com’s top 10 stories, videos

Wisconsin Fan

Derrick Nix Takes Out Cheerleader

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Today's links: Here comes Spartans vs. Wolverines

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 11th Afternoon Update

Get ready to hear a lot about it: Michigan and Michigan State play on Tuesday in what easily is the biggest game of the week in the Big Ten. Heck, I’m gonna call it the “Game of the Year.” Why? Because I can. So, let’s start daily links here. Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com say history rarely has seen both programs playing at a very high level at the same time … until now. That makes this clash even juicer.

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Illinois cards another upset, wins at No. 18 Minnesota

Brandon Paul

Illinois at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night. Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four.

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Twitter: Turner, Brust discuss big shots vs. Michigan

Ben Brust

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Right when Ben Brust’s buzzer-beater fell Saturday afternoon, it brought back memories of Evan Turner’s game-winner in the 2010 Big Ten tourney. Honestly, the two shots are that similar. Not just from the standpoint they both came against Michigan, either. Both also followed clutch shots by the Wolverines and were released from close to the same spot on the floor.

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Did You See This? Oladipo alley-oop, dunk sequence

Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo Alley-Oop, Dunk Sequence

How about the sequence Victor Oladipo compiled in the first half of Sunday’s win at No. 10 Ohio State? It was so nice, it had analyst Clark Kellogg later uttering this gem: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” Quite the description, huh? But it was accurate, as the junior showed smoothness on a reverse alley-oop layup and explosiveness on a powerful two-handed flush. Watch the sequence now and see tweets about it in this post.

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