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Big Ten links: Can Iowa football build off of 2015 success

Can Iowa football follow up a 12-2 season with sustained success? Josh Whitman made a splash hiring Lovie Smith, but here's what Illinois' new athletic director has on his plate. And spring football is rolling along. Have a look at Wednesday's Big Ten news digest.

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

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. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Wisconsin went 11-3 from that point to now, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. Now, the Badgers have their sights set on getting back to the Final Four for the

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

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. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] No doubt, great opportunity awaits a Maryland program that in the preseason some were hailing as the best in the nation. That didn’t materialize, as the Terps didn’t even win the Big Ten regular-season crown or get to the league tourney title game. Regardless, Maryland can make amends for any perceived shortcomings during the season

Sweet 16 preview: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 1 North Carolina

It’s all right there for the taking for Indiana in the East Region: A trip to the Final Four. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] But, to get there, the Hoosiers will need to knock off mighty North Carolina, a No. 1 seeded squad that is peaking. The Tar Heels are a talented club that has experience. They won’t flinch or be intimidated. The last time Indiana got to the Sweet 16, in 2013, it fell to Syracuse, 61-50. That was an uber-talented Hoosier squad that was a No. 1 seed and was led by Cody Zeller, Victor

Big Ten links: It's time to check out all of Tuesday's top headlines

How about those Wisconsin Badgers? Know this: In close games, this team won’t flinch under Greg Gard. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes Wisconsin fell by two points to Western Illinois, by one to UW-Milwaukee and by two to Marquette early in the season. Big Ten losses to Purdue, Indiana, Maryland and Northwestern — by a combined 15 points — left UW 2-7 in games decided by six points or fewer. “I think we forget about how many close games we were in from early on in the season,” UW assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “We had one-possession games,

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

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. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] The Big Ten had its share of big moments … and heartbreaking setbacks. Here is a look back … and glance ahead at the Sweet 16 week. Best play: Bronson Koenig vs. Xavier. C’mon. This is an easy one. It’s the falling-out-bounds-I-can’t-believe-it bomb launched from the

Big Ten links: So much 'Madness,' football updates & more

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they call it “March Madness.” Bless you, College Basketball gods. “I knew it was going in before it even left my hand. That’s a shot I practice a lot pregame,” Koenig said of his game-winner. “I just let it fly and I knew it was going in.” And this … “I just tried to channel my inner Steph Curry,” Koenig said, referring to the reigning NBA MVP. Mission accomplished. *** And how about Maryland? Yes, the Terps fell short of winning the Big Ten, as many pegged them to do so. But Maryland has

Dienhart: Koenig, Wisconsin advance to third straight Sweet 16

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. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final

Dienhart: Maryland moves on to first Sweet 16 since 2003

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. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] The Terps have never lost to a team seeded 13th or lower (12-0 all time). And the program is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since

Dienhart: Villanova runs past Iowa, 87-68, to advance to Sweet 16

There is no way to sugarcoat No. 7 Iowa’s 87-68 demolition at the hands of No. 2 Villanova in the second round of the NCAA tourney. It was through and utter domination. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Sometimes, a team is gonna have days like this. The Wildcats were just the better team … a WAY better team. This was Iowa’s worst NCAA loss since a 21-point defeat to Colorado in 1955. Much credit goes to the Wildcats, who at one time looked primed to be a No. 1 seed in