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B1G Basketball Links: 8/18/2011

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Illinois Fighting Illini:

Illinois men's basketball beats West Virginia in Italy -
In the most anticipated games of Illinois' exhibition tour in Italy, the Illini defeated West Virginia 47-26 in front of about 500 military personnel and their families at the Aviano Air Base.

Indiana Hoosiers:

Kiel or 2012 basketball recruits: Which is more important to IU? | The Indianapolis Star |
The Indiana University football and men's basketball teams are coming off a combined 4-22 Big Ten record in 2010-11 . . . and Hoosiers fans haven't been this excited in years.

Iowa Hawkeyes:

Guard Patrick Ingram of Indianapolis makes verbal commitment to join Iowa’s basketball program | TheGazette

The University of Iowa is adding a basketball player who was part of Indiana's Class 4A state-championship team this year.

Michigan Wolverines:

Michigan's John Beilein talks money, Big Ten, Darius Morris and more | Detroit Free Press |

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein was a guest on ESPNU’s "Katz Corner: College Basketball Coaches Special" on Tuesday. On a panel with Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings and Mississippi’s Andy Kennedy, Beilein addressed a number of topics:

Michigan St. Spartans:

MSU’s Draymond Green, UDM's Ray McCallum keep U.S. perfect at World University Games | Detroit Free Press |

Michigan State’s Draymond Green scored six points, and Detroit Mercy’s Ray McCallum added four as the United States defeated Israel, 94-84, at the World University Games this morning in Shenzhen, China.

Minnesota Golden Gophers:

Gophers get first 2012 basketball commitment from Wisconsin wing Wally Ellenson -

Tubby Smith picked up his first oral commitment for the 2012 recruiting class Monday with Rice Lake (Wis.) wing Wally Ellenson.

Nebraska Cornhuskers:

Point guard commits to Huskers' 2013 class

Still without a known oral commitment for its upcoming recruiting class, the Nebraska men's basketball team has a jump-start on the 2013 class.

Northwestern Wildcats:

Northwestern Basketball: Purple Court? | SportsGrid

We were amazed when the design for Oregon's new basketball court was unveiled last year, but something that might happen at Northwestern could take the court craziness factor to heretofore-unseen levels.

Ohio St. Buckeyes:

ESPN College GameDay Coming to Ann Arbor for Michigan-Ohio State Game - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site

ESPN's College Basketball GameDay will visit Ann Arbor for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 18, for U-M's game against Ohio State.

Penn St. Nittany Lions:

Recruiting Central: Lions' Newbill wants company | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/18/2011

Penn State looking toward future.

Purdue Boilermakers:

Purdue's Bade ready to get physical | Journal and Courier |

Patrick Bade's decision to leave the Purdue men's basketball program and join the Boilermaker football team was about opportunity.

Wisconsin Badgers:

GT's Showalter commits to play hoops at Wisconsin - GermantownNOW 

Wisconsin gets another commitment.