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NCAA tournament preview: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Montana

John Beilein’s teams always are known for offense. And this year’s team is no different. But what makes this year’s club a cut-above is how it defends. Couple that offensive acumen with tenacious defense and terrific coaching, and you can see why the Wolverines could be poised for a deep run in March.

Dienhart: Big Ten in 2018 NCAA tournament, at a glance

The NCAA bracket is out, as the Big Ten looks to win its first NCAA title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. The conference received just four bids: No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State. Here is a breakdown of the Big Ten in the bracket.

Dienhart: 10 things I learned in 2018 Big Ten tourney

The 2018 Big Ten tourney is in our rear-view mirror. Now, the conference watches and waits for Selection Sunday, which is a few days away. What did we learn while in New York?

Game 13: Michigan beats Purdue to defend Big Ten tourney title

Purdue beat Michigan two times this season. No way were the Wolverines going to let the Boilermakers best them a third time. The Wolverines won the matchup with the most riding on it Sunday, though, taking the Big Ten tourney final, 75-66, to claim the program's second consecutive event crown.

Game 9: Penn State tops Ohio State, again, advances to Big Ten tourney semis

This one took your breath away in what was the best game yet in the Big Ten tourney. Plucky Penn State, a No. 7 seed, took down No. 2 Ohio State, 69-68, to advance to the semifinals. It was the third time this season that the Nittany Lions toppled the Buckeyes.

Game 8: Michigan downs Nebraska, 77-58, advances to play rival MSU

This is familiar territory for Michigan. It won the Big Ten tourney as a No. 8 seed last year. And, it’s looking to make a similar run this March as a No. 5 seed as it rides a seven-game winning streak. Michigan took a step closer to another title with a 77-58 win vs. No. 4 Nebraska.

Game 6: Corey Sanders, Rutgers rally past Indiana, 76-69

Seeded 14th, Rutgers turned some heads by beating No. 11 Minnesota in the first round. It was the second year in a row the Scarlet Knights had opened with a win in the Big Ten tourney. But Rutgers wasn’t satisfied, taking down No. 6 Indiana, 76-69, to advance to the quarterfinals.