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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

Video: See making of 2014 Final Four court

Three Big Ten teams are one weekend, or two wins, away from advancing to the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The court is ready for the event, and there’s a great time-lapse video of its construction, courtesy of Connor Sports. See the court that Big Ten teams hope they will be playing on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, in this post. [ MORE: Nine Sweet 16 teams led by coach with Big Ten ties ] Here’s a look at the 2013 court, and the 2012 court. h/t: @rushthecourt About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor

Nine Sweet 16 teams boast coach with Big Ten ties

As every college basketball fan knows, 16 teams remain in the NCAA tournament. Here’s something every fan probably doesn’t know: Nine of the teams are led by a head coach with ties to the Big Ten. Yes, nine of the remaining 16 head coaches have spent time on a Big Ten bench in some capacity. See the full list in this post. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten’s top performances of NCAA opening weekend ] For some recent perspective, the last two Sweet 16s, both of which included four Big Ten teams, have featured six coaches with Big Ten ties. Steve

Photo: Notice the error on this Aaron Craft jersey?

Check out what is on sale at a Foot Locker in Columbus, Ohio. Yes, that’s an Aaron Craft Nike alternate jersey, which is no surprise. But, take a closer look. It doesn’t take an English teacher to spot the spelling gaffe. @darrenrovell Jersey being sold at a Foot Locker on Ohio State's campus pic.twitter.com/r2k4VNPKra — Brett Spivack (@BrettSpivack) March 24, 2014 Prediction: Ohio State fans won’t soon be forming “O-I-H-O.” On an unrelated note, this throwback alternate is great, so much so that Nike and Ohio State should make it the Buckeyes’ primary look. h/t: LostLettermen About Brent Yarina BTN.com

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. [ MORE: Dienhart: Could three Big Ten team make Final Four? ] 5. Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson, vs. American. All of the Badgers got off to a slow start

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. [ MORE: Dienhart: McCaffery news hit us all hard ] Talk about a classy gesture. Well done, Hawkeyes! The team looked good on the court, too, downing Marist, 87-65, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In my office a few hours before our NCAA tip, feeling blessed. Team

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. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 13. Let's go hunting. #Badgers #Fieldof32 pic.twitter.com/bmr4plvvyA — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 22, 2014 The winner of the game will advance to play either

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. At the time, the Bielemas and Arkansas were feeling confident, with the Razorbacks jumping out to a 3-0 record in the coach’s first season since leaving Madison. Arkansas would go on

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. [ MORE: Tennessee fan board shows support for #teampat ] McCaffery released this statement early Wednesday afternoon: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned. Doctors will continue tests in the coming