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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 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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Shorthanded Gophers Roll Into NIT Finals

March 29, 2012

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Hiding within the massive shadow cast by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have quietly worked their way thru an interesting mix of middling opponents and into the NIT Championship Game.   The Big Ten’s 9th place team has taken down LaSalle in Philly, ‘Da U’ in Miami, Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, […]

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Big Ten Hoops Has Their First Team In the Final Four

March 22, 2012

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the first of the remaining Big Ten basketball squads still active in postseason play that is formally headed to the Final Four.  Ok, so it’s the NIT Final Four. And it’s probably not even worth mentioning given the March landscape rightly dominated by the Big Dance and glut of NFL […]

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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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When Is A Foul Not A Foul? When It’s The First Half

February 23, 2012

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This post is not well thought out. It is also not well-researched. It is, in short, a rant. It is about one of the things that drives me crazy in sports. Because I can’t find any data to back me, I’m going to just say this: Referees in college basketball call many fewer fouls in […]

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Weekly Golden Gopher Grab Bag – 2/20/12

February 22, 2012

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Plenty of goings on for the Big Ten’s northernmost member these days, and it’s high time we caught up on it. SKI-U-MAH! First and foremost, University President Eric Kaler’s search for a new AD has begun (if it hadn’t already behind the scenes), and he’s hired a search committee and assembled a 21-person advisory committee.  Parker Executive Search will also be retained […]

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Big Ten Bubble Watch

February 17, 2012

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Here’s where Joe Lunardi has the four Big Ten bubble teams, along with the teams above and below them: IN 34-Connecticut, 35-West Virginia, 36-Alabama, 38-Iowa State, 40-Purdue, 41-BYU, 42-Arizona, 43-Illinois, 44-Texas, 45-Kansas State, 46-Seton Hall, 48-Cincinnati, 49-North Carolina State, 50-Miami (FL), 51-Xavier OUT 69-Washington, 70-Minnesota, 71-Northwestern, 72-Wyoming, 73-Colorado State, 74-Central Florida, 75-Oregon, 76-Colorado, 77-Saint Joseph’s, 78-Dayton, […]

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Big Ten Bracketology Roundup

February 14, 2012

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With 26 days before Selection Sunday, let’s take a look at how the major bracketologists are projecting Big Ten teams in the NCAA field (click on outlet names to see the full field): CHN ESPN CBS NBC Ohio State 2 2 2 1 Mich St 2 2 2 2 Michigan 4 4 4 4 Wisconsin […]

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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 Alumni Among Most Disliked Athletes

February 8, 2012

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Forbes has a new poll out on America’s most disliked athletes – and it has a heavy Big Ten flavor near the top. After the top two of Michael Vick and Tiger Woods, a trio of former Big Ten players round out the top five: No. 3: Former Michigan State Spartan Plaxico Burress, which seems […]

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