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7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
7:03 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:05 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMPurdue at IowaWatch
8:05 PMLindenwood at MinnesotaWatch
Tomorrow
3:05 PMLindenwood at MinnesotaWatch

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Today's links: Spin through Big Ten's headlines

Seeing as how this is Valentine’s Day, I’ll start with this heart-warming tale of the enduring marriage of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and his wife Rebecca. OK. My Valentine’s Day obligations have been met. On to the daily links, including a look at an uphill fight for Ohio State, an update on the slipping Gophers, an uptick for the Illini, and more. If Ohio State wants to win a fourth consecutive Big Ten title, it faces an uphill battle. And it will need a big week to stay in the race. The Buckeyes get Northwestern tonight, then visit Wisconsin over the

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Did You See This? Matt Painter gets booted

Entering Wednesday night’s game at Illinois, Purdue had lost three of its last four contests. That being the case, Matt Painter and his staff were probably already a little frustrated before things tipped. And that frustration only got worse as Purdue couldn’t hold onto the ball (16 turnovers) and allowed offensive rebound after offensive rebound (22). Eventually, it all boiled over. [ RELATED: Want to share a BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] With 8:08 left and Purdue trailing 64-46, Painter decided he had seen enough and was hit with a pair of quick technical fouls to earn an ejection. But,

D.J. Richardson & Tracy Abrams

Illinois tops Purdue, snaps eight-game funk in series

D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota. A dunk by Tyler Griffey with 8:46 remaining put Illinois up 64-46. The margin was too much for a Boilermakers team that had already tried to dig out of a 16-point first-half hole. Griffey scored 12 points and Joseph Bertrand had a career-high 12 rebounds.

Christian Watford

No. 1 Indiana starts slow, blows away Nebraska

Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47 on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead. They are tied with Michigan State. [ RELATED: Indiana “very unlikely” to ever wear adidas alternates ] But it sure wasn’t easy against Nebraska (12-13, 3-9), which frustrated Indiana by limiting possessions and repeatedly taking the shot clock inside of 10 seconds in the first half. Dylan Talley scored 10 of his 16

Victor Oladipo

Video: Watch our Victor Oladipo dunk montage

On our “Tip-Off Show” leading up to No. 1 Indiana’s victory over Nebraska on Wednesday, we aired a Victor Oladipo dunk montage. We’ve done this a couple times this season, already featuring Sam Thompson and Rodney Williams. Like those two highlight packages, this one doesn’t disappoint. Watch the Oladipo dunk reel right here. [ RELATED: Victor Oladipo on pace to make Big Ten history ] Not too bad. And we’re thrilled to see it even includes the ridiculous missed alley-oop against Michigan, which would have been the dunk of the year. There isn’t a player in the nation who’s improved

Cody Zell;er

Indiana 'highly unlikely' to wear alternate uniforms

Indiana fans will love what AD Fred Glass told reporters Wednesday. According to Inside the Hall’s Justin Albers, Glass said it’s “highly unlikely” Indiana will ever wear any adidas alternate uniform. Adidas, of course, has put Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin in its new “bleed out” uniform, the design the company introduced during the NBA marathon on Christmas Day. [ VIDEO: Watch our Victor Oladipo dunk montage ] Glass’ reasoning? “The IU men’s basketball uniform is iconic,” he told Albers. That it is. This news will please many Hoosiers fans who saw the picture of what looks to be an Indiana

Gary Harris

Vote: Who wins Big Ten 3-point, dunk contests?

With NBA All-Star weekend festivities kicking off Friday, I thought it would be fun to compile Big Ten 3-point contest and dunk contest participants. I say it every year, and I’ll say it again: Somebody needs to make such an event a reality. It would awesome. Anyway, see my participants in this post, plus vote for your champion in both events. 3-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS Ben Brust, Wisconsin – 52-130; 40 percent Gary Harris, Michigan State – 48-110; 44 percent Jordan Hulls, Indiana – 57-119; 48 percent Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 61-128; 48 percent D.J. Richardson, Illinois – 60-176; 34 percent

Wisconsin Fan

NCAA Brackets: What are the experts saying?

It’s time to look at the various mock brackets to see how the Big Ten is being forecast for the Big Dance. All four mock brackets that I check each week are in accord by having seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. The only other conference with as many is the Big East. The four mock brackets—entering the week–have Indiana and Michigan as No. 1 seeds. Michigan State is a No. 2 in every bracket but ESPN’s, which has the Spartans as a No. 3. Wisconsin and Ohio State are consistently a No. 4 or No. 5 seed, but CBSSport’s

Matt Costello

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State cruises

In the first 2013 installment of an intense rivalry, Michigan State humiliated Michigan by 23 points, a margin that belies how truly dominant Tom Izzo’s team was. The lead touched 31 points before garbage time began, and Michigan’s deep reserves made a run to bring the margin down at the final buzzer. This was something of a bizarro game, as the turnover-prone Spartans took exquisite care of the ball, while the Wolverines threw the ball all over the court. That, along with a dreadful one for 11 shooting night from Tim Hardaway Jr., was enough to limit Michigan to its worst

Keith Appling

Big Ten links: Experts weigh in on Big Ten race

Humbled. Embarrassed. Can you think of any other words to describe No. 4 Michigan after it was shellacked at No. 8 Michigan State 75-52 last night? Credit the mighty Spartans, who looked like a No. 1 team in the nation last night. Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal notes: The Spartans put it all together at the perfect time. Yes, that sounds about right. No doubt, Michigan State looked like a championship team last night, hitting on all cylinders in what arguably was its best effort of the season. The Final Four in Atlanta looks like a real possibility