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Badger Bits: Latest Update On Men's Basketball Around the Big Ten

Nearly two weeks into the college basketball season, there's already been plenty of storylines in the Big Ten.

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Losing Tim Frazier is a huge blow to PSU hoops.
Losing Tim Frazier is a huge blow to PSU hoops.
Andy Lyons

Indiana survives a scare against Georgetown

Last night the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY featured a great game. The Hoosiers led 63-56 with just a 1:18 to play, but a pair of Georgetown 3-pointers and an Otto Parker bucket with six seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime. But it was all Indiana in OT as IU made 14 of 17 free throws in the extra period alone! The backcourt looked especially sharp for Tom Crean's team last night. The highly-touted freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell had 14 points and four assists, while senior guard Jordan Hulls showed why he's a great leader and notched 17 points himself.

Penn State loses Tim Frazier for the season

The news came out yesterday that Frazier had ruptured his left Achilles tendon and you certainly can't underestimate this loss for the Nittany Lions. There is arguably nobody who means more to his team in the Big Ten than what Frazier means to Penn State. While most expected another tough year for PSU, Frazier was sure to be a bright spot again. Last season, he averaged 18.8 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 boards per game last season. After being named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List and the preseason All-Big Ten team, he was already off to another hot start until suffering the injury to his Achilles.

Lack of early-season marquee matchups

There's only been a combined four games against ranked opponents for Big Ten teams so far this season. Wisconsin lost 56-74 to No. 10 Florida, Penn State fell 55-72 to No. 6 NC State, and Michigan State opened with a 62-66 loss to No. 23 UCONN but rebounded with a very nice 67-64 victory over No. 7 Kansas. Fear not though, the next weeks brings about some great non-conference games.

What's on the slate for the coming week:

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 9 North Carolina (Nov. 27 in Bloomington, IN)

Minnesota vs. No. 5 Duke (Nov. 22 in the Bahamas)

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 16 North Carolina State (Nov. 27 in Ann Harbor, MI)

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Duke (Nov. 28 in Durham, NC)

Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Creighton (Nov. 23 in Las Vegas, NV)

Wednesday's Links:

Right tackle Rob Havenstein's status is still up in the air for the Penn State game.

Jeff Potrykus provides a scouting report on Penn State football.

The Badgers received an oral commitment from a highly-touted safety out of California for its 2013 recruiting class.

Ben Brust recorded his third double-double of the season in just four games during last night's win over Presbyterian

Bo Ryan with a classic comical response when asked about the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten.

The Big Ten bloggers make their predictions for the final week of the regular season.