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Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off.
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, including Penn State topping New Hampshire, 72-45, and Northwestern taking down Brown, 63-42. Get scores, stats, recaps and select highlights from all three games in this post.
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During Sunday’s Penn State game on BTN, a trio of Penn State coaches, including football’s Bill O’Brien, joined the telecast. O’Brien sat down with our crew following the first media timeout. The Big Ten Coach of the Year spent several minutes with us, and even provided his share of analysis. Watch O’Brien break down the action now. Looks like the coach has a career when he’s done coaching.
Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey received plenty of attention for his powerful message about the Newtown tragedy following his team’s loss at Ohio State on Tuesday night. The video went viral, so it’s no surprise it took the No. 1 spot on BTN.com’s top 10 most-viewed videos of the past week. Check out the entire countdown in this post.
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It was another busy Saturday on the Big Ten hardwood. Seven teams were in action (catch up on all the games), and even though Illinois (Missouri) and Ohio State (Kansas) fell in the day’s biggest tests, there were plenty of highlights and strong individual performances. Watch Saturday’s top plays and see the top statlines in this post.
Ryan Evans scored a season-high 19 points, Ben Brust opened and closed a 17-1 first-half run with 3-pointers and Wisconsin routed Milwaukee 74-53 on Saturday night at the Kohl Center. Traevon Jackson added a career-best 13 points and Jared Berggren had 11 as Wisconsin (8-4) beat its state rivals for the 20th consecutive season and improved to 29-1 in the teams’ all-time series.