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Nov 18, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) looks to pass after taking the ball away from Cornell Big Red guard Johnathan Gray during the first half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 videos

No Big Ten football, no problem. Big Ten basketball is in full swing, and as a result there was no shortage of video highlights from a jam-packed week on the hardwood. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-viewed videos from the past week in this post. Here’s the complete countdown: 10.Victor Oladipo slams on Central Connecticut State 9. 2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year 8. Sam Dekker one-handed slam vs. Nebraska Omaha 7. Iowa State at Iowa men’s basketball highlights 6. Victor Oladipo steal and reverse slam vs. Central Connecticut State 5. Bret Bielema joins us on set at Big

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Wrestling roundup: Wisconsin holds off Nebraska

Wisconsin held off No. 9 Nebraska, 19-17, to improve to a surprising 2-0 in Big Ten play Sunday afternoon at NU Coliseum. Meanwhile, the Huskers fell to 0-2 in conference action with the loss. Nebraska, which trailed 19-9, took the final two matches to make things interesting late. Read full recap at UWBadgers.com. Also, check out our video wrap-up from the match here and read about No. 1 Penn State’s win over Indiana in this post. No. 1 Penn State 52, Indiana 0: The Penn State wrestling team, holding the No. 1 spot on Intermat’s TPI, shutout visiting Indiana 52-0

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Big Ten Geeks: Contenders and Pretenders

Up until Saturday night, Illinois’ season has been described in strange terms. At that point, it was “surprising” that Illinois was undefeated. The Illini won the Maui Invitational, which was a very “prestigious” early-season tournament. This isn’t normally how one talks about an undefeated team that’s ranked in the top-15. That’s because very few people were declaring that this team was actually as good as it looked on paper. That’s partly a function of having not played a murderer’s row of opponents (Butler destroyed the Maui bracket, making it such that Illinois might not have played a single NCAA Tournament

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Women's hoops roundup: Lucas, Lady Lions roll

There were a total of seven Big Ten women’s basketball teams in action Sunday, including ranked Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue. No. 10 Penn State, the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team, blasted Georgetown, 97-74, behind Maggie Lucas’ career-high 39 points. Catch up on all the action in this post. Illinois 73, Memphis 65: BOX | RECAP Senior forward Karisma Penn led all scorers with 21 points, and she and Alexis Smith drained 8-of-10 free throws in the final 2:11 to seal a 73-65 victory over Memphis on Sunday. Penn passed all-time great Tauja Catchings for 10th place on Illinois’ career

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Dunk of the day: Victor Oladipo or Sam Thompson?

On the first Saturday sans Big Ten football, BTN aired five consecutive men’s basketball games. It all started at noon ET and came to an end just before 10:30 p.m. There were too many highlights to count during the 10-plus hours of action, but it’s safe to say none were bigger than Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s ridiculous dunks. Did you miss the slams? Watch each one now and cast your vote for the best of the day at the bottom of this post. [RELATED: Catch up on all the day’s action on Big Ten scoreboard] Thompson slams home the

Dec 8, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats guard Reggie Hearn (11) grabs a rebound against Butler Bulldogs forward Erik Fromm (4) during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Butler sends Wildcats to third straight home loss

Andrew Smith scored a season-high 24 points and Butler pulled away in the second half for a 74-65 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Smith had 19 points in the second half – including nine straight – and added 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-2), who shot 48 percent en route to their fourth straight win overall and fourth straight against the Wildcats (7-3). Rotnei Clarke was 4 for 6 on 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points for Butler. Kellen Dunham added 11 points and Roosevelt Jones had 10. Dave Sobolowski scored 21 points for Northwestern, which shot just

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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

Dec 8, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) dunks against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Indiana flattens C. Connecticut State, 100-69

Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (9-0) dominated on both ends of the floor. They opened the game by making 15 of their first 21 shots and finished at 54.2 percent for the game. [VIDEO: John Mellencamp, Meg Ryan take in Indiana game] Indiana was even more impressive on defense, holding Kyle Vinales, the nation’s No. 1 scorer at 25.9 points, to just 3-of-15 shooting and seven points. Matt Hunter led the Blue Devils (4-4) with 40 points. [ BOX

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Video: Mellencamp, Ryan take in Indiana game

Indiana University’s unofficial First Couple took in Saturday night’s men’s basketball game vs. Central Connecticut State. Yes, we’re talking about John Mellencamp and wife Meg Ryan. The Hoosiers, in particular junior guard Victor Oladipo (Watch Oladipo’s dunk-a-thon), treated the two celebrities to quite the highlight show. It was almost difficult to keep up with all the slams (Watch all of them here). See our camera catch Mellencamp and Ryan now. This isn’t the first time the two have been spotted at Assembly Hall. They were there last year against Minnesota, too.

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Did You See This? The Nittany Lion honors Army at halftime

The Nittany Lion in a flight suit. The Nittany Lion balancing on a pair of rifles. The Nittany Lion marching and twirling a rifle. It was a special afternoon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center, as Penn State hosted Army, on the same day the service academy played its annual rivalry game vs. Navy on the gridiron. And with the Black Knights in town, the Penn State mascot teamed with Army Cadets to provide the halftime entertainment. Watch the Nittany Lion entertain the crowd now. We’re tracking the Army-Penn State game right here. About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent