Sean Merriman, web editor, December 29, 2013

The Big Ten went 5-1 on Saturday to close out the nonconference season with a bang. There were plenty of memorable moments early on this year, so how do we go about summing up 12 teams and 153 total nonconference games? Simple — We follow the rules of twitter.

Here is a summary of every Big Ten teams' nonconference performances in 140 characters or less.

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1. Ohio State (13-0): Great defense and better than expected on offense. Craft has been terrific. Consistent play down low makes this a championship-caliber team.

2. Wisconsin (13-0): Most balanced starting five in the Big Ten. Kaminsky has been a pleasant surprise and Dekker is a superstar. Bo Ryan is an early COY favorite.

3. Michigan State (11-1): Loaded with talent, but health is a concern early on. Payne is the top big man in the Big Ten. When healthy, this team is as good as anyone.

4. Iowa (11-2): One of the deepest teams not only in the B1G, but throughout the entire country. The bar is set high, and Fran's team is up for the challenge.

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5. Illinois (11-2): No Brandon Paul, no problem. Rayvonte Rice is one of the most explosive players in the league. Win over Missouri proves this team is for real.

6. Minnesota (11-2): First-year coach Richard Pitino has installed confidence in his team, riding a six-game win streak into B1G play. A big surprise early on.

7. Indiana (10-3): Young, talented and fun to watch. Vonleh is a stud. If underclassmen can mature quickly, Tom Crean's team could be dangerous in March.

8. Purdue (10-3): Superb guard play and a talented trio of freshmen has led to early success. But this team will go as far as A.J. Hammons is willing to take them.

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9. Penn State (9-4): Frazier and Newbill make up one of the top backcourts in the league, but lack of size will hurt. A 1-3 record against teams above .500 says it all.

10. Michigan (8-4): The loss of Burke and Hardaway to the NBA, combined with an injury to McGary, could make for a long season. Stauskas is good, but can't do it alone.

11. Nebraska (8-4): Nice win over Miami, but Nebraska struggled against other big-name opponents. Huskers need to improve their passing and rebounding.

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12. Northwestern (7-6): The most common used phrase in Evanston this season will be "rebuilding year." Crawford can flat-out score, but can anyone else?

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