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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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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 Teams Shot 31.6 Percent Tuesday

January 31, 2012

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There was some putrid basketball played in the Big Ten tonight, with Illinois edging Michigan State 42-41 (not a halftime score) and Wisconsin beating Penn State 52-46 (not a halftime score). The point totals – which don’t match the combined Indiana-Iowa total from Sunday – actually fail to do the lousiness justice. It requires a […]

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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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Nebraska Gets “Historic” Win

January 12, 2012

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When it comes to basketball, the Big Ten has been less than welcoming to Nebraska. That includes senior guard Bo Spencer: LINCOLN — Nebraska point guard Bo Spencer’s welcome to the Big Ten has been more like a cold slap in the face. The senior transfer from LSU averaged 16 points a game in NU’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: Wolverines, Hoosiers, Boilermakers Win Again

January 8, 2012

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Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds Sunday to lead No. 13 Michigan to a 59-41 throttling of No. 19 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor. The Badgers shot 32 percent and took just five free throws (making two) as their jump-shot offense was largely stagnant throughout the game. Wisconsin had just 23 points with 12 minutes […]

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Big Ten Hoops Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

December 29, 2011

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Season so far: 8-5 Good wins: None. The Nittany Lions beat Boston College in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but they’re terrible, too. Bad losses: Lafayette and Duquesne, but mostly Lafayette. That’s a bad team there. Leaders: Scoring: Tim Frazier 17.2, Jermaine Marshall 9.5; Rebounds: Frazier 5.8, Ross Travis 4.8; Assists: Frazier 7.2, Matt Glover 1.5. Best […]

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A Crazy Day In Big Ten Hoops

December 10, 2011

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A mere four days after a putrid display of Big Ten basketball, the conference was front and center in the college basketball world Saturday – with two marquee games on national television and two others with big implications come March. Here’s a quick recap of what happened and the associated story lines of the day: […]

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An Awful Night Of Big Ten Basketball

December 7, 2011

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Well, that was an interesting night of basketball in the Big Ten. A week ago, the Big Ten was dominating the ACC in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. On Wednesday, however, virtually every conference team in action played nail-biters against low-to mid-major teams in what should have been nothing more than a series of tuneups. Only […]

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Computers Love The Big Ten

December 1, 2011

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Fresh off an 8-4 drubbing of the ACC in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Big Ten teams are very popular with our computer overlords. Ken Pomeroy’s rating system at kenpom.com and the Jeff Sagarin power ratings released after last night’s games both have conference teams ranked quite highly, as shown in the fancy chart to […]

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Big Ten Dominates ACC In Challenge

November 30, 2011

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After losing the first 10 ACC-Big Ten Challenges, the Big Ten has won the last three – the latest thanks to a dominant 2011 performance. Indiana, Penn State and Michigan State swept the three opening games Wednesday night to lock up the Challenge with seven wins. Minnesota added another win in the late games to […]

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Preview: Penn State At Boston College

November 30, 2011

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This is probably the worst ACC-Big Ten Challenge game of the year. Or ever. Penn State is a reasonably respectable 5-2. The two losses are to Kentucky (85-47) and St. Joe’s (65-47), with wins over Hartford, Radford, LIU, South Florida and Youngstown State. That’s the good. The bad? The Nittany Lions are 282nd in the […]

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