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Big Ten links: Indiana's 2017 roster, spring football updates & more

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There was a lot to like about Indiana’s run to the outright Big Ten title this past season. But, the Hoosiers still failed to get past the Sweet 16, something the program hasn’t done since 2002 when it made a run to the national title game under Mike Davis. Peegs.com takes a look at what next year’s team could look like.

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Wisconsin's magic ride ends with loss to Notre Dame

Mar 25, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Demetrius Jackson (11) and Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) react after a semifinal game in the East regional of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Notre Dame won 61-56. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Gard talks with BTN

Wisconsin’s magic ride ended like a kick in the gut in the Sweet 16. After leading No. 6 Notre Dame for most of the game and failing to put away the poor-shooting Fighting Irish when they had a chance, the No. 7 Badgers let it slip away with some crucial late turnovers.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's football & hoops headlines

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Michigan State basketball is already talking about next year. Michigan football says it’s open to renewing one special rivalry. Wisconsin football is holding a spring practice not in Florida but some place north. These football and basketball stories and more in Friday’s Big Ten news digest.

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Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Oct 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer waits to lead his team onto the field before a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeats Indiana 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BTN talks with Urban Meyer

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up.

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Upon further review: How did our Big Ten predictions shake out?

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At the beginning of the basketball season, our panel of Big Ten men’s basketball experts came together and made some predictions. Some were pretty good, others not so much. See what they predicted and how it compares to the end results.

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Dienhart: 16 Big Ten things to know for the Sweet 16

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; The Indiana Hoosiers bench reacts in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana players talk win vs. Kentucky

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The 2016 NCAA tourney has been an exhilarating ride so far, with upsets and last-second shots bringing America to its knees while clutching its chest. The Big Ten has three schools that have survived and advanced to the Sweet 16: No. 5 seeds Maryland and Indiana, along with No. 7 Wisconsin.

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Sweet 16 Preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Notre Dame

Mar 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Hill (11) and his teammates celebrate after the game in the first round against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 47-43. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin celebrates victory over Xavier

In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start.

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Sweet 16 preview: No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 1 Kansas

March 20, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) reacts following the 73-60 victory against Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Melo Trimble talks Hawaii win, Sweet 16 berth

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Some in College Park, Maryland, are calling Maryland’s game vs. Kansas the biggest in a generation for the program. Hyperbole? A bit. Still, no matter how you label it, this is a big one for the Terps.

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NCAA Tournament: What just happened? And what's ahead?

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30) and Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) reacts from the bench in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana takes down fellow national power Kentucky

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The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day.

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Dienhart: Koenig, Wisconsin advance to third straight Sweet 16

Mar 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) walks off the court after the game against the Xavier Musketeers in the second round in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Wisconsin-Xavier analysis

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And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years.

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Dienhart: Maryland moves on to first Sweet 16 since 2003

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Watch our Maryland-Hawaii analysis

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It took a while, but No. 5 Maryland subdued pesky No. 13 seed Hawaii, using a balanced attack with four double-digit scorers and a strong defense to survive and advance. The Terps were too big and too talented for the Warriors, who toppled Cal to reach the second round after Maryland dumped South Dakota State in its opener.

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Rutgers to hire Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell as men's head coach

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A new chapter in Rutgers basketball is about to begin with reports indicating the school will hire Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, per multiple reports on Saturday. Pikiell takes over for Eddie Jordan and will look to breathe life into what has been a moribund Scarlet Knights program that hasn’t reached the NCAA tourney since 1991 and hasn’t won an NCAA game since 1983.

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