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Spring Preview: All about defense for Indiana

NCAA Football: Indiana at Illinois

2013 Signing Day - Indiana

Indiana is a program on the rise as it enters its third season under Kevin Wilson. It also is a young program that’s still developing and lacking a strong senior core. Still, there is some excitement for a program searching for its first bowl since 2007. To take that next step, the Indiana defense needs to improve—a lot. Hope floats for a program that may be on the verge of turning the corner.

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Dienhart: Cody Zeller makes 'wise' choice

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Cody Zeller Future Plans Analysis

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Victor Oladipo turned pro on Tuesday. It was Cody Zeller’s turn Wednesday. And, like Oladipo, Zeller made a wise choice. Zeller has accomplished a lot in two scant years in Bloomington, helping revive the Indiana program by leading it to its first outright Big Ten title in 20 seasons.

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Spring Preview: Ohio State's big expectations

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

The debut for Urban Meyer was smashing, as he led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in 2012. If not for being on NCAA probation, Ohio State would have been in the thick of the national championship race. The shackles are off this season—and expectations are sky high for a team that should have a terrific offense. How will the defense develop? That will be the key for a Buckeyes team that has legit national championship aspirations.

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Spring Preview: Talented Michigan eyes Big Ten title

Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

Michigan came close to breaking through to the Big Ten title game last season in Year Two under Brady Hoke. But, alas, it didn’t happen—as a loss at Nebraska in which Denard Robinson got hurt proved to be detrimental. So, the program still is searching for its first Big Ten championship since 2004. It could come this season, if among other things, Devin Gardner proves to be the real deal and the defensive line develops. Yes, this is still a relatively young team, but it has lots of talent, potential and hunger as it begins life without Robinson, a Michigan icon.

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Today's links: What next for Michigan?

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John Beilein Talks NCAA Championship Loss

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Michigan’s run for the national championship game up short. But the Wolverines have no shame in falling 82-76 to No. 1 overall seed Louisville. Have to start daily links right there. Michigan’s improbable march to the national championship game is evidence that the program is back among the nation’s elite—and it’s not going anywhere.

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7-year-old's magical TD scamper stays popular

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Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

Little Jack Hoffman has captured the attention of fans nation-wide. The 7-year-old Nebraska fan who is battling brain cancer got to run a play in the Husker spring game on Saturday, bolting around right end for a 69-yard touchdown run. It was the highlight of the day—not just in Lincoln, but across the nation. In case you missed it, check it out.

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Dienhart: 'Paint this season a success'

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Trey Burke Talks NCAA Championship Loss

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s trip to the national championship game was further validation of the Big Ten’s greatness this season. But, without this journey to the summit of college basketball, I don’t think that would have been true.

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Quick Hit: Michigan denied first title since 1989

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With Trey Burke saddled with foul trouble, Michigan was fueled in the first half by none other than Spike Albrecht, who had 17 points. Yes, 17 points. That helped the Wolverines hold a 38-37 halftime cushion, although it could have been more as they led by as many as 12 points. But Louisville turned up the heat in the second half, outscoring Michigan, 45-38, and holding Albrecht scoreless to win its third national championship (1980 and 1986).

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Dienhart: 9 keys to a Michigan victory tonight

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Trey Burke Gearing Up for Championship

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan will take on Louisville tonight, looking for the school’s first national title since the Wolverines knocked off Seton Hall in overtime in 1989. I’ve watched every Michigan game this tournament pretty closely, and plenty more during the regular season. Here are my nine keys to victory for No. 4 seed Michigan tonight vs. No. 1 seed Louisville.

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Today's links: All eyes on the Wolverines

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Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

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Tonight’s the night when Michigan aims to win its first national championship since Glen Rice shot the Wolverines to the top in 1989. Gotta start daily link there. It has been 24 years since “interim” head coach Steve Fisher led Michigan to the Promised Land. Since then, the school has been through four coaches, one scandal and some bad basketball.

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Quick Hit: McGary continues amazing breakout

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Burke scored just seven points, but Michigan used a balanced attack to dispatch Syracuse on Saturday night and advance to Monday’s national title game vs. Louisville. Tim Hardaway Jr. (13 points), Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III (10 points) carried the offensive load as Michigan helped John Beilein record his first victory over Jim Boeheim in 10 tries.

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Dienhart: Nebraska offense looks good - really good

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini watches prior to the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Bo Pelini: Mic'd Up

Lincoln, Neb. — What did we learn today at the Nebraska spring game? Not a lot, really. Never do in these things. But that’s not the point. The point is to excite the fan base for the coming season, to get some young players live work—and to avoid injuries.

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Dienhart: Who will be the Big Ten favorite?

Ohio State’s announcement today that Deshaun Thomas was turning pro after his junior season was about as surprising and anticlimactic as the conclusion to a Roadrunner-Coyote cartoon. We all knew what was coming. So, when the Buckeyes’ season ended with a surprising Elite Eight loss to Wichita State last Saturday, it seemed almost a certainty that we had just watched Thomas play his final game in scarlet and gray following a glorious three-season run.

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Reader mail: On Michigan, Pitino & more

Michigan's South Region Trophy

Norwood Teague Talks Pitino Hiring

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It’s time to reach into my mail bag. There is a lot going in, with the Final Four this weekend and spring football in high gear. In fact, April is when all of the Big Ten spring games will take place. Nebraska goes on Saturday. Keep the cards and letters coming. Good stuff! Thanks.

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Today's links: Burke racking up honors

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The honors keep rolling in for Michigan’s Trey Burke. And more likely are coming. Let’s start daily links there. The latest Burke bauble: AP player of the year. The only other Wolverine to win the honor was Cazzie Russell in 1966. Yes, it has been that long. And I still can’t believe those are the only two Wolverines ever to win the honor.

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Quick Hit: Marble couldn't get going

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Hawkeyes Reflect on NIT Loss to Baylor

Iowa didn’t get Roy Devyn Marble going, and he was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scoring just four points. And he didn’t get his first hoop in the second half until the 9:19 mark. Marble finished with six, hitting 3-of-12 shots and missing all four of his 3-pointers. But the junior had scored 24, 28, 24 and 21 in the previous four NIT games.

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Latest look at salaries for NCAA tourney coaches

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The USA Today has a nice chart the ranks the salaries of each coach in the NCAA tourney that the publication could obtain information on. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is No. 4 on the list, making $3.7 million. Compare that to No. 62 (last) on the list: Southern’s Roman Banks, who makes $115,000. That’s soda pop and candy bar money for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who tops the list at $7.2 million per year.

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Spring Preview: First look at Huskers coming

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2013 Spring Game Preview: Nebraska

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will try to repeat as Legends Division champs, as the program searches for its first conference championship since winning the Big 12 in 1999. Nebraska’s potent offense may have to carry the load early on while a re-tooled defense takes shape.

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Dienhart: My top Big Ten spring questions

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Seth Littrell Conversation

Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions.

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Today's links: Iowa plays on, others plan ahead

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Let’s hear it for Iowa! I said: Let’s hear it for Iowa!! The Hawkeyes beat Maryland last night in the NIT semifinals. Gotta start daily links there. When folding seemed possible, Iowa seemingly found a way to straighten up and seal the deal against the Terps, notes the great Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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