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Big Ten Road Wins Hard To Come By

January 5, 2013

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There have been eight Big Ten games in the 2012-13 basketball season and the home team has won six of them, including: Purdue beating No. 11 Illinois 68-61 in West Lafayette, followed by the Illini beating No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 in Champaign (the Buckeyes had beaten Nebraska by 36 in their opener in Columbus). […]

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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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Daily Big Ten Podcast: Talking Hoops

December 18, 2012

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The good people at Crimson Cast welcomed us on to their new Big Ten Special podcast this week to talk smart about Indiana hoops, the coming Big Ten season, Northwestern’s Big Dance hopes and the groundbreaking Red-Not Red divisional realignment. Click here for a listen: The-Big-Ten-Special. They do a great job over there.

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Big Ten Poll Watch: Week 7

December 17, 2012

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The big question for this week’s poll was: “How far will Indiana fall?” We guessed No. 7 or 8. We were wrong. The secondary question was: “Will Michigan get any of Indiana’s No. 1 votes?” We guessed four. We were wrong. Speaking of Michigan’s No. 1 votes, all three voters who picked the Wolverines also […]

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Big Ten Poll Watch: Week 6

December 10, 2012

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It’s the return of Big Ten Poll Watch – our weekly look at which voters voted for which Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25. There’s nothing too egregious in this week’s watch, other than the New Haven Register’s Dave Borges failing to include Minnesota on his ballot. Indiana (No. 1) Best: No. 1 (44 […]

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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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John Groce Named Illinois Men’s Basketball Coach

March 29, 2012

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For Illini fans, the long national nightmare is over. After being spurned by Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, enduring reported meddling by the Board of Trustees, and a twitter campaign launched by the players last night to name assistant Jerrance Howard head coach, AD Mike Thomas has finally landed a coach. Groce brought his Ohio […]

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Shaka Passes On Champaign

March 21, 2012

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Shaka Smart ops to stay in the commonwealth of Virginia: Illinois struck out on landing the coaching candidate that many in the basketball world called a “home run” option when Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart turned down a lucrative offer to replace Bruce Weber in Champaign. Athletic director Mike Thomas now will turn to his second-choice options, which […]

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Shaka Watch 2012

March 19, 2012

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Illini fans have been in a breathless frenzy since VCU’s loss to Indiana in the second round (now the idiotically named third round) in the NCAA Tournament. Following the firing of Bruce Weber, it’s become increasingly obvious that any hire outside of VCU’s Shaka Smart will be seen as a letdown by Illini faithful. As […]

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Illinois Leading Export: Basketball Players

March 14, 2012

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Based on this interactive map, here’s a look at how many NCAA tournament players each of the Big Ten states produced – and what percentage of those players play on home state teams: State Number Home % Illinois 29 0% Indiana 28 32% Ohio 23 43% Michigan 19 69% Pennsylvania 15 20% Minnesota 13 0% Iowa […]

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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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Bruce Weber Latest Illini Coach To Be Fired

March 9, 2012

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Mike Thomas is just about done cleaning house in Champaign. The Illinois athletic director – on the job for a mere seven months – has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. today. By all accounts, it is to announce the dismissal of basketball coach Bruce Weber. This comes six days after Thomas fired women’s basketball […]

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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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Meyers Leonard’s Brother Pays A Surprise Visit

March 2, 2012

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Meyers Leonard’s brother is in the military, and the Illinois center is considering going to the NBA in part because he doesn’t want him to re-up and have to go overseas again. This was a nice surprise moment for the big guy last night. Related articles Meyers Leonard: Big Guy With A Big Decision (dailybigten.com)

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Bubble Watch: Purdue, Northwestern And … Illinois?

February 28, 2012

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Andy Glockner has some interesting thoughts on Big Ten bubble teams (beyond the five locks of Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin). None of them are listed in the “should be in” section – with three in the “in the mix” section: IN THE MIX Purdue (19-10, 9-7; RPI: 40, SOS: 19) A huge, […]

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How Did Illinois Manage Five Big Ten Wins?

February 26, 2012

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Going into tonight’s game against Iowa, Illinois is 5-10 in the Big Ten – leading to countless what-happened-to-Illinois and will-Bruce-Weber-be-fired stories. But it could be worse. Much worse. How did the Illini win five Big Ten games? It’s a miracle. The Illini won those five games by a combined 21 points. Two of the wins […]

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