Welcome to the first installment of “Three Pointers,” a fun, informative and informal spin around Big Ten men’s basketball every Friday afternoon. There is a lot to explore with the start of Big Ten action this week. Early signs indicate the conference will be as good as advertised, as six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20. And four are in the top 13.
First he’s gone, then he’s staying. It has been a crazy few days tracking the saga of Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. But, according to many reports last night, O’Brien is staying in State College, Pa. So, let’s begin Friday’s daily links right there.
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Wisconsin held a small lead late in the game on Thursday night, but Penn State wouldn’t go away for most of the second half. And then the 6-foot-10 Jared Berggren delivered two smashing dunks. On the first, he took a nice bounce pass from Mike Bruesewitz.
Driven by a group of four scoring in double figures, the Iowa women’s basketball team upset No. 24 Ohio State, 77-71, in overtime. Theairra Taylor scored the first six points in overtime for the Hawkeyes and put an exclamation point on the outcome with a steal with four seconds remaining.
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The time is now for Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble. This is his Hawkeyes team. He must be a leader and he must show the way if the program is to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.
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Wisconsin (10-4) trailed 14-10 with 9:03 to go in the first half, but went on a 22-4 run over the next 11:24 to take a 14-point lead. The Badgers never trailed again and beat Penn State, 60-51.
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