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Tuesday links: McGary, Iowa's NIT run & Collins

No doubt, the emergence of freshman big man Mitch McGary in the NCAA tourney has turned Michigan into a dangerous team that’s capable of winning the national championship. Let’s start daily links with the big fella.

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Purdue's Keady lands in Hall of Fame

In 25 years of coaching Purdue, Gene Keady never made it to a Final Four. But, he has made it to the College Basketball Hall of Fame it was announced on Monday night. And, it’s a well-deserved honor despite that one void in an otherwise stellar resume.

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Burke, Michigan highlight NCAA second weekend

A weekend that began with promise for the Big Ten ended amid more disappointment than joy.

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Monday's links: Final Four, Gophers' job & Alford

Michigan is off to the Final Four for the first time since 1993—I didn’t think it would be 20 years between appearances. I also thought more than one Big Ten team would be headed to Atlanta for the Final Four. Nonetheless, let’s celebrate Michigan! And, let’s start the daily links here.

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Quick Hit: All Michigan, all day today

Michigan raced to a 13-0 lead and led by as many as 24 points en route to dismantling Florida 79-59 on Sunday afternoon in the South Region final. With the convincing win, the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four in Atlanta. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Michigan’s big-time win in this post.

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Quick Hit: Buckeyes go cold in Elite Eight

After winning the last two games over Iowa State and Arizona on last-second shots, Ohio State’s luck finally ran out. The Buckeyes dug themselves a hole they couldn’t dig out of vs. Wichita State and saw their 11-game winning skein and season end in the Elite Eight.

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Quick Hit: Spartans can't overcome Duke

Coming in, most felt Duke needed to win the battle at the 3-point and free-throw lines, while the Spartans needed to win the clash in the paint. Which team could impose its will on the other? It was the Blue Devils. Scoring came much easier for Duke, which was propelled by the sweet shooting of Seth Curry, who tallied a game-high 29 points and hit 6-of-9 3-pointers. And the Blue Devils played good defense, especially in the second half. At one point, MSU went almost 14 minutes between field goals in the second half. The Spartans won the battle on the boards, 38-29. But MSU had 11 turnovers to Duke’s six.

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Quick Hit: Trey Burke shines on national stage

Time and again, Michigan looked dead in the water. But the Wolverines never stopped fighting, rallying from 14 points down to force overtime and win in the extra session. Trey Burke played like the national player of the year. He went 0-for-4 in the first half and didn’t score. But he came alive after intermission, scoring 23 points (five in OT) to save the day.

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Big Ten mailbag: Tourney time & hoops questions

With a brief break in all of the hoop action, it’s time for me to reach into my BTN.com mailbag. Lots of interest in Ohio State, which looks like it has a good shot to perhaps reach the Final Four.

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Today's links: 3 contenders remain

Where were you when LaQuinton Ross hit that impossibly long three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left that propelled Ohio State to the Elite Eight? What a dagger. So, if you are scoring at home, that’s two last-second, game-winning shots in a row by the Buckeyes—Aaron Craft did the honors vs. Iowa State in the third round. Gotta start daily links right there. Here’s a video of Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the shot heard ‘round the Buckeye State.

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Collins hire an anomaly among Big Ten coaching moves

Northwestern hiring of Duke assistant Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach has created a buzz in college hoops circles. Many love his pedigree, youth and energy. Collins sizzles with potential. Do you smell it? Could the thirtysomething wunderkind lead the Wildcats out of the wilderness of basketball hopelessness and to their first NCAA tourney ever? Collins will be hailed a hoop savant if he does so.

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Quick Hit: Another late trey keeps OSU alive

For the second game in a row, Ohio State needed a last-second shot to pull out victory. Aaron Craft did the honors vs. Iowa State in the third round. This time, LaQuinton Ross threw the dagger that killed Arizona to lead the Buckeyes to their 11th victory in succession.

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IU must make Final Four or season falls short

How much more does Indiana have to achieve this season for it to be deemed a success? Or, have the Hoosiers already done enough? Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star recently wrestled with the conundrum.

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Today's links: All eyes on Hoosiers, Buckeyes

The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, with No. 2 Ohio State playing No. 6 Arizona in the West and No. 1 Indiana tangling with No. 4 Syracuse in the East. Let’s start daily links there. Each team survived hair-raising third-round games to advance. Are they teams of destiny?

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Dienhart: Collins hiring 'makes so much sense'

Moments after Bill Carmody was fired as Northwestern coach on March 16, speculation began to swirl about Duke associate head coach Chris Collins being a top target. That speculation became reality today when Collins was named Wildcats coach.

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