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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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Watch Tim Miles' postgame speech to Nebraska

BTN cameras were in the Nebraska locker room to capture Tim Miles’ postgame talk to the Huskers following their exciting and all-important 77-68 win over No. 9 Wisconsin. The win clinched a bye and the No. 4 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, plus it might have been enough to get the Huskers (19-11, 11-7) in the NCAA tournament.

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Video: Nebraska's Mike Peltz proposes on Senior Night

Mike Peltz will never forget Sunday night. Not only was it his Senior Night at Nebraska, the Huskers reserve also got engaged. Yep, Peltz closed our his Senior Night speech by proposing to his girlfriend, Shelby, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Hate to spoil the surprise, but she said, “Yes.” Congrats! Watch Peltz’s proposal in this post.

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Matt Painter, on 2014: 'It is my fault we are in this position'

Matt Painter was brutally honest about the state of the Purdue basketball program and the coaching job he did this season in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a season-ending loss to Northwestern, which clinched the No. 12 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, Painter, on several occasions, said, “It’s my fault.” Watch Painter in this post.

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Video: Sam Thompson explodes for crazy fastbreak jam

The way the play started off, you just knew it was going to result in a Sam Thompson highlight. One thing’s for sure: Thompson didn’t disappoint with his fastbreak flush early in the second half of Ohio State’s 69-67 victory over No. 22 Michigan State. Watch Thompson soar for the highlight-reel two-handed flush in this post.

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Charles Woodson photobombs Michigan team photo

Michigan officially celebrated its Big Ten title after Saturday’s 84-80 Senior Night victory over Indiana. The Wolverines clinched the outright title, their first since 1986, in Tuesday’s rout at Illinois. On Saturday night, a special guest joined the festivities at Crisler Center. That would be Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, who just so happened to photobomb the team picture.

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Indiana, others to wear new adidas unis in postseason

The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”

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Throwback Thursday Q&A: Ohio State's J.J. Sullinger

J.J. Sullinger had a consistent and solid three-year career at Ohio State. From 2003-06, the older brother of Jared Sullinger started 86 of 94 games, shot 49.5 percent and averaged 9.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals. Also, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2006 Big Ten title, their first since 1992.

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Photo: Big Ten champs 'recreate' Ellen's Oscars selfie

Surely, you saw the Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie that featured a host of Hollywood celebrities. It has more than 3.2 million retweets. Well, to honor the team’s first outright Big Ten crown since 1986, the Michigan basketball team “recreated” the shot with mugshots of their players.

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Video: Relive Will Sheehey's top Indiana moments

Will Sheehey was part of the recruiting class that helped make Indiana relevant again. Sheehey, out of Florida, arrived at Indiana with future 2013 NBA Draft pick Victor Oladipo. The Hoosiers struggled in his first season, racking up a 12-20 record, but they have gone 69-26 since. For that, plus his inspired play along the way, Sheehey will garner plenty of love during tonight’s Senior Night festivities. Watch the ceremony on BTN2Go.

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Video: Relive Ben Brust's top Wisconsin moments

Ben Brust, along with Zach Bohannon, will play his final game at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night. The game tips off at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Before Brust is honored during the pregame festivities, which you can watch on BTN2Go, I have compiled some of his top moments. Enjoy, Badgers fans!

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GIF: Dice roll? Andrew Dakich did it after Stauskas 3

Michigan is a fun team to watch. Nik Stauskas, of course, paces the high-scoring attack that helped the Wolverines claim their first outright Big Ten title since 1986. It’s fun to watch the Michigan bench, too, because the reserves are having as much fun as the key contributors. Especially freshman walk-on Andrew Dakich.

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Video: Nik Stauskas answers Illini fans' 'U-S-A!' chants

It’s become common for Big Ten fans to shower Nik Stauskas with “U-S-A!” chants. The Canada native takes it all in stride, and in Tuesday night’s 84-53 Big Ten-clinching win at Illinois, he silenced said chants with a deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first half. It amazed everyone, including the fans and the broadcast crew. Watch the whole sequence in this post.

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Yarina: Michigan's top moments on way to B1G crown

Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 in Tuesday night’s 84-53 victory at Illinois. The Wolverines, who won a share of the 2012 crown, have now been on top of the Big Ten in two of the last three seasons. For fun, I decided to highlight some of the top moments along the way to the outright crown. There are many top moments, but these are the ones that stick out the most. What do you think?

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Video: Le'Veon Bell shows off dunking skills

The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post.

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Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina.

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Video: Purdue's KK Houser (ACL) starts on Senior Day

When KK Houser tore her ACL on Feb. 2 at Michigan State, it was assumed the Purdue senior would never touch the floor again in a college game. In a chilling moment Sunday, also Purdue’s Senior Day, the Boilermakers started Houser. She played the first 2:34, and then went back on the court in the closing moments to get her final curtain call.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III dances during shootaround

Michigan sits in first place and is eying its first outright Big Ten crown since 1985-86, so it’s only normal that the Wolverines are having fun. That applies on the court, on the bench, and in warmups. See Glenn Robinson III, he of the buzzer-beating game-winner Wednesday night, having a good time during shootaround.

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Nebraska unveils new adidas throwback uniform

Nebraska has unveiled a new cream throwback uniform for Saturday’s Legends Weekend game vs. Northwestern. The uniform, designed by adidas, will honor Nebraska’s 1911-12 team, which went 14-1 and won the Missouri Valley Conference. See a photo of the uniform in this post.

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Throwback Thursday Q&A: Iowa's Jeff Horner

Jeff Horner had a fantastic four-year career at Iowa. From 2002-06, Horner started 122 games and was a stat-sheet stuffing point guard who averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 3-pointers. He finished his career as Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (262) and assists (612). He also helped guide the Hawkeyes to their last two NCAA tournaments, in 2005 and 2006.

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