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Dienhart: 'Paint this season a success'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Today's links: Hoops & football updates

Michigan’s Trey Burke continues to show why he’s the best college basketball player in America. His next stop: The Final Four. Let’s begin daily links there. I wonder how Ohio State fans feel about a Columbus, Ohio, kid leading rival Michigan to the summit of college hoops. Kinda weird. Oh, well.

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Spring Preview: First look at Huskers coming

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: 'Pitino' name enough for Gophers

The hiring of Richard Pitino as Minnesota coach is a gamble. But, it’s one worth taking.

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Dienhart: My top Big Ten spring questions

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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