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Saturday primers: Serious starpower in these semis

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Bo Ryan on 700th Career Win: "I'm Old"

The Big Ten tourney semifinal field is set, and it will be No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Hard to complain about those matchups, huh? Get Tom Dienhart’s previews to both games, plus vote for your winners, in this post.

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Dienhart: Dawson, Spartans look ready for March

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Gary Harris Reverse Layup

Healthy again, Michigan State toppled Northwestern, 67-51, on Friday night in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. The win marked the third-seeded Spartans’ third win over the Wildcats this season. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to the game in this post.

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Dienhart: Ben Brust was the man on this night

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Brust Steal, Layup And 1

No. 2 seed Wisconsin delivered a significant blow to No. 7 seed Minnesota’s NCAA tourney hopes in an 83-57 victory over the Gophers on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tourney. Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points to lead Wisconsin to the semifinal. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Wisconsin’s win in this post.

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Dienhart: LaQuinton Ross is becoming a 'flat-out stud'

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Huskers Miss the Lob, Ross Scores the And 1

Never count out the champion, right? Reigning Big Ten tourney champ Ohio State rallied from 18 points down in the second half to top Nebraska, 71-67, and advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The Buckeyes will play Big Ten regular-season champ and rival Michigan in the first of two semifinal games Saturday. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Ohio State’s win in this post.

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Dienhart: Setting the stage for today's action

Thad Matta

Northwestern vs. Iowa - 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Highlights

Well, that was a fun opening day of the Big Ten tourney, wasn’t it? Officially, there was a pair of upsets, although No. 9 Illinois’ win over No. 8 Indiana isn’t all that much of a stunner.

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Dienhart: Take a bow, Tre Demps & Wildcats

Tre Demps

Marble and Demps Back-to-Back 3s

The way the regular season went you just knew there would be an upset or two on the first day of the Big Ten tourney. No. 9 Illinois beat No. 8 Indiana, but that’s not much of an upset. No. 11 Northwestern over No. 6 Iowa, the team that beat the Wildcats by 26 in both meetings this year? That would be an upset. And that’s just what we had. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction in this post.

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Dienhart: Austin Hollins leads Gophers in must-win

Austin Hollins

Maverick Ahanmisi Beats Halftime Buzzer

In a game it needed to win to keep its NCAA tourney hopes alive, No. 7 Minnesota was able to hold off Penn State, 63-56, Thursday night in Indianapolis. The Gophers, led by Austin Hollins’ 18 points, meet No. 2 Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction in this post.

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Dienhart: Ohio State wins back-and-forth affair

Amir Williams

Johnson Misses Buzzer Beater, OSU Escapes

Reigning Big Ten tourney champ Ohio State nipped Purdue, 63-61, in the second of four games Thursday in the Big Ten tourney. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes avoided becoming just the second team, and first since 1999, to lose to the lowest seed in event history. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Ohio State’s narrow Round 1 win in this post.

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Dienhart: Let's hear it for Tracy Abrams

Tracy Abrams

Coach Groce, Tracy Abrams Talk Win vs. Indiana

No. 9 Illinois dropped No. 8 Indiana, 64-54, in the opening game of the Big Ten tourney Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the win, the Illini advance to the quarterfinals and will face Big Ten champ and No. 1 Michigan on Friday. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to the Illini’s win in this post.

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Dienhart: Four quick thoughts for Day 1

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Nebraska

B1G Basketball Tournament Storylines

The Big Ten tourney kicks off in a few hours and I’m in Indianapolis ready to watch all the games up close and personal. Like so many of you, I’ve been following this Big Ten season from the very start. Before the first game tips on BTN/BTN2Go, here are four quick thoughts on today’s matchups. I’ll be posting to all day from press row – follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart.

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Catch up with these 10 Big Ten headline links

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John Beilein Coach of the Year Interview

Getting named Coach of the Year by his Big Ten peers was sweet for Nebraska’s Tim Miles. Maybe even better: His contract calls for him to get a $50K bonus for it. That’ll buy a lot of Runza’s. But his contract stipulates Miles will get the loot for being “consensus” Coach of the Year. John Beilein was voted the honor by league media. Hmmmm. Regardless, Miles still expects to cash in.

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Drew Crawford Q&A: 'We’re a blue-collar team'

Drew Crawford

Northwestern Honors its 2014 Seniors

The Big Ten will lose one of its most unsung, talented and classy players soon, as Northwestern’s Drew Crawford figures to be suiting up for the last time in his Wildcat career in the Big Ten tourney this week. Enjoy every last dribble.

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Dienhart: Husker football's focus is up front

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As spring practice dawns, Nebraska seems to be primed for some big things. I know, I know. It seems the Cornhuskers are primed for big things each year, but it may really happen in 2014 for a team that could have one of the top defenses in the Big Ten.

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Four Openers: Let's preview Thursday's games

Yogi Ferrell

Aaron Craft Defensive Player of the Year Interview

The Big Ten tourney kicks off on Thursday in Indianapolis with four games. Teams seeded No. 5-12 will play. The bad news for these clubs: Just one team seeded lower than No. 4 ever has won the Big Ten tourney: No. 6 Iowa in 2001.

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Get 10 Tuesday Big Ten headlines worth a read

Kendrick Nunn

John Beilein Coach of the Year Interview

The debate will rage: Who is the Big Ten Coach of the Year? The Big Ten media bestowed the honor on John Beilein. The Big Ten coaches bequeathed the award on Tim Miles. Probably a good idea to just split it. A great case can be made for each guy. Personally, my vote would have gone with Beilein, who just isn’t comfortable with these things. And he means it, too.

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Dienhart: What each team has at stake in Indy

Ohio State Buckeyes

Nebraska Dances

The Big Ten tourney bracket is set. Tip-off is early Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The top four seeds: 1. Michigan; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Michigan State; 4. Nebraska. Those four, of course, all earn first-round byes. Here’s a quick look at what each team has on the line in Indy.

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Dienhart: Defense key for Indiana in spring

Kevin Wilson

2014 Signing Day - Indiana DC Brian Knorr

It has been slow, steady growth for Indiana under Kevin Wilson. And, that’s good. Progress is being made as the Hoosiers inch closer to their first bowl since the 2007 season.

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What sub-.500 team can make a B1G tourney run?

Yogi Ferrell

Troy Williams Thunder Junkie

The upcoming Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament promises to be full of intrigue and potentially wide-open. Five of the last seven No. 1 seeds have won the Big Ten tourney. The last time someone lower than a No. 3 seed won it was Iowa, which turned the trick as a No. 6 seed in 2001.

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