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Dienhart's rapid reaction: Purdue ends Penn State's Cinderella run

CHICAGO — No. 13-seed Penn State’s Cinderella run in the Big Ten tourney came to a close in Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 4-seed Purdue rallied and held off Penn State to record a 64-59 win and advance to the semifinals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Saturday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Purdue’s win. Star player: Purdue big man A.J. Hammons played like an all-star. The 7-footer hit 7-of-10 shots (9-of-11 from the free-throw line) en route to notching a game-high 23 points. Wait,

Dienhart's rapid reaction: No. 1 Wisconsin fends off No. 9 Michigan

CHICAGO — No. 1-seed Wisconsin is advancing to Saturday’s Big Ten tourney semifinals. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Badgers, the regular-season Big Ten champ, took down No. 9-seed Michigan, 71-60, in a closer-than-the-score indicates game Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win below. Star player: Let’s go with Big Frank Kaminsky, who was his usual great self. The Big Ten Player of the Year had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, as the Badgers blasted Michigan on the glass—34-19. Top stat: 0, free throws made

2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: Best of Day 2

CHICAGO — Four more games down, and we’ve reached the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. It’s going to be a fantastic Friday of hoops, with No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 4 Purdue, No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 2 Maryland and No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan State. The latter two games are on BTN/BTN2Go, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the link to watch Indiana-Maryland, and here’s the link for Ohio State-Michigan State. Get my Best of Day 2 below. Biggest surprise: It’s Penn State. No one saw this coming. Pat

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Ohio State holds off Minnesota, 79-73

CHICAGO — No. 6-seed Ohio State held off No. 11-seed Minnesota, 79-73, in the Big Ten tournament Thursday night at the United Center. The victory sets up a quarterfinals matchup with No. 3-seed Michigan State. The two teams have combined to win the last five Big Ten tourneys. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Ohio State’s win. Star player: D’Angelo Russell. This is a role he’s familiar with. The freshman totaled 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers and six free throws in a win that will send the Buckeyes on to face No. 3 Michigan

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Indiana takes down Northwestern

CHICAGO — No. 7-seed Indiana took down No. 10-seed Northwestern, 71-56, Thursday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Hoosiers, who lost to Northwestern in the season’s only meeting, dominated this one from start to finish en route to advancing to play No. 2-seed Maryland on Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Indiana’s win. Star player: James Blackmon Jr. looked like a freshman All-American, tallying 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range). He also had six rebounds and seven assists. Top stat: 56, points allowed

Dienhart's rapid reaction: No. 13 Penn State stuns No. 5 Iowa

CHICAGO — Iowa entered the Big Ten tourney winners of six consecutive games and as a popular sleeper pick to win the 18th annual event. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 13 seed Penn State would have none of it, stunning the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes, 67-58, on Thursday at the United Center. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the upset below. Star player: Gotta go with Penn State’s D.J. Newbill. He hit 7-of-14 shots (2-of-3 3-pointers) for a team-high 18 points. And he hit some big shots at key junctures of the second

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan roll Illinois

CHICAGO — John Beilein still hasn’t lost an opening game in a Big Ten tournament. Beilein and No. 9 Michigan rolled past No. 8 Illinois, 73-55, on Thursday at the United Center. The Wolverines advance to play No. 1 Wisconsin, which it lost to in overtime in the lone meeting this season, at noon ET Friday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Michigan’s win below. Star player: Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins continued his recent tear. Entering the game fresh off 21- and 31-point efforts, both career highs, the freshman hit 8-of-12 shots (2-of-5 from 3-point range) for a

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Minnesota beats Rutgers in nightcap

Day 1 of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books. Minnesota closed out the day with a 80-68 victory over Rutgers at the United Center in Chicago. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside for all the action. Here’s his rapid reaction from the Gophers’ win over Rutgers. Star player: It’s big Joey King, who ripped off 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior was on fire from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-9 bombs. King also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Top stat: 51.7, Minnesota’s field-goal percentage. The Gophers hit 30-of-58 shots in tallying

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Penn State tops Nebraska in opening game

How about that for a start to the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament? D.J. Newbill scored a team-high 26 points and Penn State recorded 16 blocks, which is a Big Ten Tournament record, in a 68-65 win over Nebraska in the opening game of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside to take in all the action. Star player: D.J. Newbill was the man for Penn State. He had 31 points in a regular-season finale win at Minnesota and followed that with 26 points today vs. Nebraska. He hit 9-of-22 shots (4-of-8