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Big Ten Geeks: The window is closing

While the NCAA Tournament is without question a national treasure, the madness comes at a cost—sometimes, teams with a combined 18 losses will play for the right to credibly call themselves the best team in the country. For the most part we all play along, accepting that the bounces and breaks that necessarily play a large role in a single-elimination tournament do nothing more than lead us to the correct answer. It’s not random, it’s clutch. Or so we say.

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Geeks: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky preview

As the lone Big Ten team still standing, Wisconsin has finally broken through for its first Final Four under Bo Ryan. Can the Badgers keep it going? We’ll find out Saturday night as Wisconsin will take on Kentucky in a national semifinal.

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Big Ten Geeks: Fouling Up Three

Minnesota avoided a crushing end to the season by pulling out a tight win over Florida State in Tuesday’s NIT semifinal.

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Big Ten Geeks: Left Hanging

America’s High Five was locked out of the Final Four, as both Michigan State and Michigan fell in the Elite 8. And while each team lost for very different reasons, it was peculiar that both games came down to the other team scoring three points after the defense forced a contested heave from 23 feet.

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Big Ten Geeks: Narrative no more

Up until Saturday, plenty of college basketball fans appreciated Bo Ryan’s coaching ability in a patronizing, half-insulting kind of way. Yes, he’s a fantastic Big Ten coach, that much is beyond dispute.

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Geeks Preview: Michigan State vs. Virginia

Michigan State arrives in the Sweet 16 on a five-game winning streak, with fans and analysts around the country espousing the Spartans as one of the main contenders for the national title. First things first – to reach the Elite Eight, Michigan State must defeat Virginia tonight at Madison Square Garden.

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Big Ten Geeks: In the Zone

Wisconsin is one win away from Bo Ryan’s first-ever Final Four after destroying Baylor last night. The Badgers scored 1.11 points per possession, and frankly, it should have been higher. Baylor largely stuck to its zone all night long, but what a strange zone it was. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a zone where four players are on one side of the court—the side without the basketball:

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Geeks Preview: Michigan vs. Tennessee

Michigan has strolled into the Sweet 16 with nary a challenge, beating Wofford and Texas by a combined 31 points. The level of difficulty ramps up considerably tonight as the Wolverines take on Tennessee in Indianapolis. Casual fans may look at the seed matchup – a 2-seed against an 11-seed – and conclude that this will be a cakewalk for Michigan, but that’s nowhere near the truth.

If you were to devise the ideal defense to slow down Michigan’s attack, the end result might look a lot like these Volunteers.

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Big Ten Geeks: Wisconsin vs. Baylor previews

Three Big Ten teams remain in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, with Wisconsin first taking the floor against Baylor on Thursday night.

Given that the Bears opened their tournament against Nebraska, we’ve already written a scouting report on Baylor. Since then, the Bears have been impressive in blowout victories over the Huskers and Creighton, but the team’s overall characteristics remain the same.

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Big Ten Geeks: Living Dangerously

Every Big Ten team remaining in the Round of 32 advanced to the Sweet 16, but it wasn’t easy for a couple of those teams. Wisconsin found itself in one of the most entertaining games of the Tournament thus far, but it did not look promising for the Badgers in the first half. Facing a team that could not miss, Bo Ryan’s team found itself in a 14-point hole just before the half. But Wisconsin came roaring out of the gate in the second half, and narrowed the gap to just one point by the first TV timeout. From that point on, it was a back-and-forth affair until the last minute or so.

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Big Ten Geeks: Defense on Day One

Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s team came up with the ball just three times.

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Big Ten Geeks: Preview of Nebraska vs. Baylor

With the rest of the conference’s NCAA tournament teams already done with their first games, Nebraska will be the lone representative in action today. At 12:40pm ET, the Huskers will seek the first NCAA tournament win in program history as they take on 6-seed Baylor in San Antonio.

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Big Ten Geeks: Preview of Michigan vs. Wofford

Michigan was rewarded for an excellent season with a 2-seed in Milwaukee, where the Wolverines will get their tournament started today against Wofford.

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Big Ten Geeks: Preview of Michigan State vs. Delaware

After an impressive run to the Big Ten tournament title, Michigan State became a trending pick to reach the Final Four. That journey starts today with a 4:40pm ET tip against Delaware. Do the Spartans have any reason to worry about the Blue Hens?

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Big Ten Geeks: A Puzzling Season Ends for Iowa

In a fitting end to a frustrating season, Iowa lost yet another close game to a good team, this time to Tennessee in overtime.

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