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Top 5 Big Ten efforts of NCAA opening weekend

One weekend of the NCAA tourney down, and the Big Ten has three teams in the Sweet 16. The teams: Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Before the Sweet 16 tips, it’s time to look back at the Big Ten’s top five performances of the first two rounds. Who takes the top spot? It has to be Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, who poured in a career-high 41 points in the Spartans’ NCAA opener.

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Photo: Iowa women put 'Team Pat' on shoes for NCAA play

The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant.

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Photo: Badgers tweet out Duck Hunt-themed graphic

Wisconsin fan? Duck Hunt fan? Even if you’re neither of those, it’s hard not to appreciate the art @BadgerMBB tweeted out prior to its Round of 32 game vs. Oregon on Saturday night. Oregon, of course, is the Ducks, so the Twitter handle got creative and made a Wisconsin-centric Duck Hunt graphic that has Bucky’s face on the dog’s face. Check out the graphic in this post.

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Photo: Wisconsin team store sells '#KARMA' shirt

Wisconsin fans will appreciate a shirt for sale at a store across from the University Book Store. It’s a simple red shirt with “#KARMA” across the chest, an obvious dig at former coach Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema. Jen famously tweeted “#karma” after the Badgers lost early last season at Arizona State, the controversial game in which the officials let time expire on Wisconsin’s final drive in enemy territory.

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Twitter: See tweets in support of #teampat

Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick, 13, underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning, and the coach said the surgery “went as planned.” After the surgery, McCaffery headed to Dayton, Ohio, for Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Twitter world showed incredible support for Patrick, to the point that #teampat was trending nationally, and here is a (large) sampling of some of our favorite tweets.

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Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tourney

College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all.

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Photo: Visual proof of B1G branding with Yankees

It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium.

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Fran McCaffery juggles coach, father duties

Fran McCaffery has a lot more on his mind than Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Hawkeyes open the NCAA tourney Wednesday night vs. Tennessee, but, in the hours leading up to tip, McCaffery will have traveled to Dayton, Ohio, back to Iowa City, and to Dayton again.

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CBSSports ranks tourney coaches playing careers

This is fun. CBSSports.com ranked the playing careers of the NCAA tournament coaches. No. 1 is no surprise at all: Tulsa coach Danny Manning. But, there are some surprises. For example, former Indiana star and current UCLA coach Steve Alford is just No. 5. Anyway, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery paces the six Big Ten coaches. See a Big Ten-centric breakdown of the site’s ranking in this post.

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Site: Spartans B1G's best chance to win NCAA title

NCAA tourney predictions are all over the internet today. But few are as comprehensive as fivethirtyeight.com‘s forecaster that calculates the chance each team has of reaching each round. The site reached its results by “taking into account a composite of power rankings, pre-season rankings, the team’s placement on the NCAA’s 68-team S-curve, player injuries and geography.

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They've got next: Check out this team of B1G assistants

The Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s elite basketball players and coaches. The conference also boasts an impressive who’s who of players-turned-assistants. From a familiar Big Ten name, Dane Fife, to a familiar national name, Chris Quinn, the Big Ten could field a very competitive pickup game featuring assistants. View my All-Big Ten assistant team in this post.

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Nebraska back in NCAA tourney for first time since 1998

For the first time since 1998, Nebraska is back in the NCAA tourney. The Huskers, who finished fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 record, earned the No. 11 seed in the West Region and will play No. 6 Baylor. Check out some of the team’s reaction to the big news from its watching party at Pinnacle Bank Arena in this post.

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Video: So close! A look at B1G tourney's late misses

The Big Ten tourney has featured plenty of highlights and exciting finishes. Strangely, with all of the said intense finishes, trailing teams are 0-for-3 on potential game-winning or game-tying shots in the final seconds. What could have been, right? Regardless, the missed shots haven’t taken much away from an enjoyable tournament. Relive the three shots in this post.

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Twitter: How would you fix Iowa before NCAA tourney?

Iowa’s struggles continued vs. Northwestern on Thursday night in the opening round of the Big Ten tourney, as the Hawkeyes lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. What’s wrong with Iowa? What do they need to fix or change before the NCAA tourney? I asked Iowa fans on Twitter for their answers, and they were quite entertaining.

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What a night! Relive Nebraska's Senior Night highlights

It’s going to be tough to top the Senior Night that Nebraska put on Sunday night. Let’s see, there was the record crowd, the NCAA tourney hopeful team hosting No. 9 in the nation, the marriage proposal in pregame, the recognition of the Nebraska women’s team’s Big Ten tourney title, the upset and the court storming. Got all that? Yeah, Nebraska set the bar rather high. Relive the top moments in this post.

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