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Tom Crean: Big Ten Twitter King

December 19, 2012

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Tom Crean is the undisputed Twitter king of Big Ten coaches. The frenetic Hoosier coach has more Twitter followers and has Tweeted more than the rest of the Big Ten coaches combined: Coach Followers Following Tweets Tom Crean 98,740 120 5,312 Tim Miles 37,025 59 2,571 John Beilein 14,895 27 314 Tubby Smith 12,487 45 […]

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Big Ten Power Rankings

December 9, 2012

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The Big Ten is deeper and stronger than ever: Three unbeatens. Six teams in the Top 25. A handful of the best players in the country. But which team is best so far? We take a look below at where they’ve been, what they have done well, what hasn’t gone well and what is ahead. […]

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Illini Snubbed By NIT

March 11, 2012

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After its dismal season, at least Illinois can get a couple extra weeks of practice in as it makes its way through the NIT, right? Right? Well… After a cataclysmic collapse, a first-round exit from the Big Ten tournament and the firing of coach Bruce Weber, Illinois basketball received one final kick in the gut. A snub from the NIT. […]

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Big Ten Tournament: Day Two

March 9, 2012

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Curious. All four games Friday feature teams that only played once during the regular season – and three of the games were quite close. Should make for an entertaining day in Indianapolis. Here are your game-by-game previews (and betting tips, after we went 3-1 against the spread yesterday because we didn’t stick to our bracket […]

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Big Ten Tournament: Day One

March 8, 2012

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Here is a game-by-game look at the surprisingly interesting day one matchups of the 2012 Big Ten basketball tournament – which looks somewhat wide open with three co-champions and five teams in the top 15 in the nation. No. 9 Illinois vs No. 8 Iowa Time: 11:30 a.m. Favorite: Illinois (-2 – down from -2.5 […]

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Big Ten Predictions: A Look Back

February 14, 2012

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At the beginning of the Big Ten season, we gathered our collective wisdom and predicted how we thought each team would do in conference play. (Our collective wisdom didn’t work out to .500, as each writer got to make predictions independently of the others.) How are we doing? Not terrible, so far. Here’s what we […]

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Team By Team Predictions For Big Ten Stretch Run

February 10, 2012

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We’re in the stretch run of the Big Ten season, with each team having just five to seven games to play before the conference tournament. Who will win the regular season? Who is in the tournament? Who is out? Who is on the bubble? Here’s a team-by-team look at what we expect to happen over […]

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Big Ten Basketball Coach Rankings

January 30, 2012

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The Big Ten is deeper and more competitive than it has been in a long, long time. And we’re not just talking players or teams. The Big Ten has more quality coaches – with more stability – than at any time since Knight, Keady, Heathcote and Henson roamed the sidelines. But who is the best? […]

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Iowa AD: Fran McCaffery Was A Bad, Bad Boy

January 16, 2012

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Fran McCaffery has been made to feel shame for brutally attacking a chair during the Michigan State game – and got a talking to from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta: “I love his passion, his style of play, his recruiting, his work ethic, and his love for his guys,” Barta said. But he added, “It’s […]

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From 1 To 12: Ranking Big Ten Hoops

January 11, 2012

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Now that football is over and all of that SEC business is behind us, we can fully turn out attention to Big Ten hoops. Or, as Dickie V Tweeted last night: “BIG 10 BEST HOOPS CONFERENCE IN USA!” Without a doubt. But who is the best team in the best conference in all of the […]

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Big Ten Roundup: An Upset In Champaign

January 10, 2012

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The Big Ten race took an interesting turn Tuesday night. Brandon Paul had the game of the year in the Big Ten, scoring 43 points on 11-15 shooting – 8-10 from three-point range – to lead the Illini to a 79-74 win in Champaign over No. 5 Ohio State. That included a desperation three with […]

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Big Ten Roundup: New Year’s Eve Hoops

December 31, 2011

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Indiana has done it again. Three weeks after upsetting No. 1 Kentucky in Bloomington, the Hoosiers bounced back from their first loss of the year to beat No. 2 Ohio State at Assembly Hall. It was one of the best played and poorly officiated games you’ll ever see. There was drama, big shots, lead changes, […]

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Big Ten Betting: Nebraska Joined For Basketball?

December 29, 2011

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Someone hop on the Pony Express, get a message out to Lincoln: Every Big Ten home team covered the spread in the openers this week – except you. Why does this matter right now?  Well, there’s one more game to play this week. Penn State travels to Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines are currently handing […]

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Buckeyes, Spartans, Boilermakers Get Early Wins

December 29, 2011

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A roundup of Wednesday night’s three Big Ten openers: No. 2 Ohio State 87, Northwestern 54 If healthy, the Buckeyes look ready to roll over a fairly strong Big Ten. William Buford dominated the opener, scoring 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead Ohio State (13-1, 1-0) to an easy win over Northwestern (10-3, 0-1). […]

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Big Ten Hoops Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

December 28, 2011

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Season so far: 8-5. Completely hard to figure. Just when it seemed this team had no hope after five losses in seven games (to Creighton, Campbell, Clemson, Northern Iowa, and Iowa State), the Hawkeyes have put together a string of blowouts like we saw early in the year – against admittedly shoddy opponents (Drake, Central Arkansas […]

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Big Ten Roundup: Three Romps And Illinois

December 20, 2011

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It looks like the UMKC will not win the Big Ten this year. A month after losing 77-31 to Wisconsin, the Kangaroos took a similar beating – 89-54 – to Michigan State on Monday. The Spartans led 16-2 early and 40-20 at halftime. That just about tells the story. It was a similar show in […]

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