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Illini Contributor

A 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, Joe Kutsunis has followed the Illini, the Bears and the Cubs for as long as he can remember. When not covering the Illini basketball and football teams for Hail to the Orange, or contributing to SB Nation he is also pursuing a master's degree in history.


Wisconsin Leads Belmont 34-27 At Half As Big Ten Looks For First Win In NCAA Tournament

Penn State lost a heart breaker to Temple earlier today, so its up to Wisconsin to bring the first victory home for the Big Ten Conference in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament against the scrappy Belmont...

2011 NCAA Tournament: Can No. 4 Wisconsin Survive Upset Hungry Belmont?

Wisconsin is heading into tonight's game coming off of a 36-33 loss to Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament, and a blowout win at No. 1 Ohio State, and now must face one of the most dangerous mid...

2011 NCAA Tournament Day 1: Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin Set For Second Round Action

Three of the seven Big Ten teams get underway today in the first full day of the NCAA Tournament. The Penn State Nittany Lions, Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans all have a tough game...

Ohio State Wins 2011 Big Ten Tournament, 71-60 Over Penn State

Ohio State has won its second straight Big Ten Tournament against the heavy underdog Penn State 71-60.  Ohio State broke free from the tough defense and methodical pace of the Nittany Lions in the...

2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Ohio State Takes 29-26 Lead Over Penn State To Halftime

If Ed Dechellis' strategy for beating the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes was to slow the pace, limit the number of possessions and keep things close until the end, his team is executing it to...

2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Ohio State And Penn State Ready For Surprise Championship Game

One player is a freshman who has seen success immediately as a college player, leading his team to a No.1 national ranking, and likely a No.1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.  The other is a...

2011 Big Ten Tournament: Talor Battle Propels Penn State Past Michigan State 61-48, Will Face OSU in Championship

Talor Battle has been playing these past three days for a chance to make the first and only NCAA tournament of his career. Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, the senior guard broke the record for...

2011 Big Ten Tournament: Michigan State And Penn State Tied At 26 At Half.

it looks like there is going to be yet another Big Ten Tournament going down right to the wire here in Indianapolis, as Michigan State and Penn State are playing tight tied at 26 apiece heading...

2011 Big Ten Tournament: Michigan State And Penn State Square Off In Surprise Semi-Final

Nobody expected either of these teams to be playing on Saturday, but in March, in the Big Ten Tournament, all it takes is the right combination of luck and big plays and any team can win and...

2011 Big Ten Tournament: Buckeyes Overpower Michigan - Advance To Championship

Things got a little dicey for the No.1 ranked Buckeyes in the second half. Ohio State led for most of the game, but could not quite shake the pesky Wolverines, letting the lead dwindle all the way...

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