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Taking one more look at NCAA mock brackets

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Dunks of the Week - March 12th, 2013

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With the major league tournaments about to start, let’s take one last look at some mock brackets to see where the Big Ten rates. Indiana remains a No. 1 seed in the four brackets I checked. And there’s nothing that can happen in the Big Ten tourney—or elsewhere, for that matter—that will change that. And a spot in the cozy Midwest Region (Dayton, Ohio; then Indianapolis) also is basically a given, too, no matter what the Hoosiers do in Chicago.

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Today's links: Burke the right choice for POY

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Last night was awards night in the Big Ten, and all eyes were on who would win player of the year honors. Let’s start daily links there. The famous race debated for weeks was between Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. In the end, the voters got it right in tabbing the Wolverines sophomore guard.

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Dienhart: My 2012-13 top 10 Big Ten games

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Michigan at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Putting together a list of the top 10 games of the 2013 Big Ten season is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. It’s impossible to do. But, I have attempted to select the best of the best from a regular season that left fans in a heap of exhaustion from an overdose of excitement and exhilaration. This truly was one of the Big Ten’s best seasons in more than 20 years—and it isn’t over yet!

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Iowa will provide the drama in Big Ten Tourney

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Marble Sinks a Three To Join Iowa's 1000-Point Club

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There doesn’t appear to be much drama in the Big Ten tourney. Indiana likely already has the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tourney sewn up after winning the outright Big Ten crown with that breath-taking victory at Michigan on Sunday.

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Today's links: IU's title win sets Big Ten abuzz

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Hat’s off to Indiana for showing moxy and toughness—yes, toughness—in winning at Michigan, 72-71, to clinch the program’s first outright Big Ten championship since 1992-93. Indiana was down by five points with 52 seconds left. That’s when Cody Zeller went to work—and Michigan bricked some key field goals to blow the game. Daily links has to start from Ann Arbor, which is still pulsating.

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Reader mail: Who's my Big Ten Player of the Year?

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag to answer your questions. And, there’s a lot going on, what with the hoop season about to hit its full postseason stride and spring football about to heat up. So, let’s begin.

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Big finish looms for Big Ten regular season

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Examining Iowa's Tournament Chances

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The Big Ten will put on bow on the regular season this weekend, capping what has been a wild and wondrous ride during a season that has seen Indiana and Michigan each hold the No. 1 ranking at some point. And Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all have been ranked in the top 10 at various points this season.

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

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Shannon Scott: One-on-One Interview

Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.

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Super Seven: Biggest upsets in Big Ten men's play

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Michigan at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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The idea of David slaying Goliath is what makes sport great. Think about it: Upsets are the games we usually always remember. And the Big Ten has been filled with them this season. Just ask Indiana, which has been victimized more times than any Big Ten club this season. That’s the peril of being ranked so highly.

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Taking a close look at Big Ten title scenarios

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Ohio State at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.

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Big Ten links: Wild conference race continues

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Big Ten Blast: March 6th Morning Edition

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The outright Big Ten title was there for the taking for Indiana and the Hoosiers blew it—on Senior Night, no less—falling 67-58 to Ohio State. It was Indiana’s lowest point total of the season. Gotta start the daily links there.

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Dienhart: Latest look at experts' mock brackets

Will Sheehey & Cody Zeller

Zeller Hustles All Over The Floor, Steals and Dunks

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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. How do the various mock brackets rate the conference entering the final week of the regular season?

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Today's links: IU seniors to get honored tonight

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Big Ten Blast: March 5th Afternoon Update

It’s Senior Night tonight in Bloomington, as Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will play their final games in venerable Assembly Hall. So, I’m gonna start daily links there. A big part of this annual rite is speeches by the seniors. And these speeches figure to be emotion-packed, given what these three seniors have witnessed in their time at Indiana.

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Today's links: Battle for tourney seeds tightens up

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Big Ten Blast: March 4th Afternoon Update

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Losses Sunday by Michigan State at Michigan and Wisconsin at home to Purdue allowed the Indiana Hoosiers to clinch at least a share of their first Big Ten championship since 2002. Indiana can claim its first outright league title since—are you ready for this?—1993 if it wins one of its last two games: vs. Ohio State on Tuesday and at Michigan on Sunday. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star says it has been quite a ride for a program that was 1-17 in Big Ten play as recently as 2009.

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Taking stock after another wild Big Ten week

Trevor Mbakwe

Trevor Mbakwe One-on-One Interview

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If you are a fan of rushing the court, then you should be loving this season. Upsets and unpredictability have been the norm. This week, began with No. 1 Indiana falling at unranked Minnesota on Tuesday. Then, No. 4 Michigan got unceremoniously dumped at unranked and Big Ten-winless Penn State on Wednesday. I can hardly wait to see what type of zaniness awaits this week.

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Spring football: Previewing Big Ten Legends Division

Spring football has kicked off in Big Ten territory, with Northwestern the first to take off the wraps this past Wednesday. Yesterday, we posted spring previews for the Leaders Division teams. Today, we take a look at the Legends Division, which is filled with many interesting story lines: How will Nebraska’s defensive front seven take shape? Will Michigan’s offense transition smoothly from the Denard Robinson era to a more conventional attack? How will the overhauled staff work at Iowa?

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Today's links: Spin around the Big Ten headlines

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Big Ten Blast: March 1st Morning Edition

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Michigan’s fall from grace has been swift and stunning. In their last seven games, the Wolverines are 3-4. Big Ten title and NCAA No. 1 seed dreams basically vaporized in that shock-the-world loss at Penn State. Before things careen totally out of control, Trey Burke insists changes are needed for a team that 28 days ago was No. 1 in the nation. But I’m not sure how much can be changed at this point. It’s March 1, for crying out loud!

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