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Video: Our top 15 Wisconsin basketball clips

With Wisconsin off to its first Final Four since 2000, we decided to compile a list of our most-watched 2013-14 Wisconsin videos. From Frank Kaminsky’s program-record 43 points vs. North Dakota to Traevon Jackson’s game-winner vs. Michigan State and from Bo Ryan’s reaction to 700 wins to Nigel Hayes’ “Chocolate Thunder” interview, we have the top 15 videos, in chronological order, in this post. [ MORE: Behind-the-scenes look at Wisconsin’s Final Four run ] Sam Dekker baseline jam vs Florida: Frank Kaminsky scores Wisconsin-record 43 points vs. North Dakota: Sam Dekker behind-the-back dunk vs. North Dakota: Bo Ryan has food

Photo: John Harbaugh dons Michigan State hat

John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, is a former Michigan quarterback, and his brother in-law, Tom Crean, is the Indiana basketball coach. So, when the CBS cameras caught the Baltimore Raves head coach wearing a Michigan State hat during the team’s Elite Eight game Sunday afternoon, it had people talking. John seemed to be enjoying himself, too. He was seated directly to the right of Magic Johnson, after all. The next family gathering should be interesting, huh? Speaking of the Harbaughs, in recent years, Jim has visited the Hoosiers, whether it be to offer a helping hand on the bench or to

Photo: Bo Ryan delights with classic picture

There’s a picture of Bo Ryan that is all over social media Sunday, and for good reason. On the plane headed home to Madison following Saturday night’s exciting Final Four-clinching overtime win over Arizona, Ryan flashes the team’s recently adopted hand symbol at the camera. If it looks familiar, it should. So classic. See the picture of Ryan in this post. This picture, man. pic.twitter.com/yBqw7EMQXw — Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) March 30, 2014 It’s nice to see Ryan enjoying the high of advancing to his first Final Four and Wisconsin’s first since 2000. Congrats, Coach! And then, there’s this glorious side-by-side

Twitter: Are Michigan, MSU fans rooting for rival?

It’s no secret Michigan and Michigan State are fierce rivals. Sometimes, however, conference pride and a chance to make rare history can supersede a rivalry. Consider this: If Michigan and Michigan State both win today, the Big Ten will be the first conference to put three teams in the Final Four since the Big East did it in 1985. So, are Wolverine and Spartan fans willing to root for their rivals for conference pride? I asked on Twitter. Yes! Let's decide it in the final! RT @BTNBrentYarina: Curious, #Michigan and #Spartan fans: Are you pulling for your rival today. #b1gpride

Photo: Michigan's Mitch McGary returns to uniform

Mitch McGary’s attire had a lot of people talking before, during and after Michigan’s Sweet 16 matchup vs. Tennessee on Friday night. That’s because, for the first time since Dec. 14, his final game before undergoing back surgery, the preseason All-American was in full uniform. No, McGary didn’t play, although he did go through layup drills and was listed in the official scorer’s book. Why the change in wardrobe? John Beilein just wanted McGary back in uniform, both to reward him and to give the Wolverines some added motivation. Here’s what McGary told Mlive.com about being back in uniform: “It’s

Photo: You'll want to see this old Tom Izzo shot

Tom Izzo has Michigan State two wins away from another Final Four. The Spartans can get to Arlington, Texas, with victories over Virginia and either Iowa State-UConn this weekend in the East Region. With Izzo and his team in the spotlight, Steve Mariucci, one of Izzo’s best friends, decided to share an epic throwback photo of the two on Twitter. Thank you, Mooch! This is classic; in fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone not getting a laugh out of it. That said, Nike, the outfitter of Michigan State’s uniforms, probably isn’t the biggest fan of Izzo’s shirt. Tom Izzo &

Throwback Thursday Q&A: Badgers' Mike Bruesewitz

With Wisconsin set to play in the Sweet 16 tonight, this week’s Throwback Thursday Q&A shines the spotlight on Mike Bruesewitz. Bruesewitz, who is in his rookie pro season with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Winners League, averaged 4.6 points, four rebounds and 1.2 steals during his Wisconsin career (2009-2013). We got in touch with the former Wisconsin bundle of energy to discuss his much-talked-about hairdos, new pro career (view his player profile) and the Badgers, among other things. Read BTN.com’s full email Q&A with Bruesewitz below. [ MORE: Listen to Bruesewitz’s “Life Beyond the Fro” podcast ] BTN.com: You

Chris Collins: 'I was very pleased with our year'

Northwestern coach Chris Collins was a special guest analyst on Wednesday night’s #BTNLive. The first-year coach helped our team break down the Big Ten’s three Sweet 16 matchups, plus discuss his season in Evanston. BTN.com caught up with Collins for a Q&A to discuss his first year, Coach K and the NCAA tournament, among other things. Read the Q&A in this post. BTN.com: Any one thing surprise you the most about your first year as a head coach? CC: I think the main thing was going through the rigors of the whole conference. You hear about it, but once you

Video: Nebraska's Bo Pelini helps serviceman surprise wife

These days, when he’s not tweeting (example 1, example 2), calling into a Nebraska radio show or discussing his faux cat, Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini is busy organizing military homecomings. Pelini recently helped Sergeant Matthew Salomons surprise his wife, Becca, at the team’s football facility. Becca thought she was just getting a tour of the facility when Salomons, who spent nine months in the Middle East, comes in from another room and surprises her. No matter how many of these you see, they never get old. Great stuff, Nebraska! h/t: @Huskers About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina

GIF: Richard Pitino spikes chair in Minnesota huddle

Richard Pitino didn’t seem to want to any part of his chair during a timeout in Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game vs. Southern Miss. With his players gathered around him, the five on the floor sitting in their respective stools, the first-year Minnesota coach picked up his seat and spiked it to the Williams Arena court. Watch Pitino in this post. [ MORE: View the official NIT bracket ] It was a quick outburst, and Pitino clearly got his point across. The top-seeded Gophers held off Southern Miss, behind Austin Hollins’ career-high 32 points, to advance to the NIT semis