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Tom's Take: Best of Day 1 of 2016 Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Day 1 is in the books, and there were no surprises, as higher seeds in No. 11 Illinois and No. 12 Nebraska both prevailed in the opening round of the 19th Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini took down No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, and the Huskers dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, to advance to play No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Wisconsin, respectively. Get my Best of Day 1 below. Biggest surprise: Seeing Rutgers keep its game close with Nebraska into the second half. The game was tied 43-43

Dienhart: Shields, Nebraska pull away from Rutgers, 89-72

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 11 Nebraska had lost nine of its last 11 games entering Wednesday night, so beating No. 14 Rutgers in its opening round of the Big Ten tourney offered some relief to the program. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Cornhuskers used a balanced attack to subdue the Scarlet Knights, who closed with a 7-24 mark and just one Big Ten victory, which came in the season finale vs. Minnesota. Nebraska, which snapped a three-game losing skid in the Big Ten tourney, play No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday night. NO. 11 NEBRASKA 89,

Dienhart: Illinois routs Minnesota in Big Ten tourney opener

INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Ten tourney tipped off Wednesday afternoon with No. 12 Illinois playing No. 13 Minnesota, two programs whose seasons never got on track. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini have had to deal with injuries that have proven ruinous, while the Gophers have been impacted by youth and suspensions that effectively torpedoed any hopes they had for success. It was all Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, though, as the Fighting Illini rolled to a commanding 85-52 victory to advance to play No. 5 Iowa on Thursday. *** ILLINOIS 85, MINNESOTA 52

Tip-off time: One last glance before Big Ten tourney begins

Who is seeded too high and too low for our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart? Who has the most on the line? Who has the best shot at an upset? Catch up on the Big ten tourney before the first game tips off today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Dienhart: 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, A to Z

The Big Ten tourney tips off at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] That being the case, let’s take a look at the Big Ten tourney, A-Z. A is for anything, as in anything is possible in March. And, that’s what makes it the most wonderful time of the year. This looks like a wide-open Big Ten tourney. Michigan State? Indiana? Maryland? Wisconsin? Purdue? Iowa? They all could win this thing. B

2016 spring football preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for a fat raise and the same post at LSU after leading a unit that led the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and total defense (268.5 ypg) in

Big Ten links: Big Ten tourney talk, Big 12 expansion & much more

This upcoming Big Ten tourney looks to be a wide-open affair … so says Tom Izzo. “Do I think we’re good enough to be one of the teams considered? One hundred percent,” Izzo said. “Do I feel comfortable? Zero percent. I just don’t.” Izzo is correct. This looks to be an open race in Indy. MSU, IU, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa all have legit chances to win. *** Jarrod Uthoff is Iowa’s first All-American in 19 years. How about that?! Uthoff was named a third-team all-American by USA TODAY on Monday, the first of many honors expected to be

Bracketology: A look at experts' mock brackets as we head to Indy

The regular season is over. Let’s check to see how the Big Ten looks in the mock brackets of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana was a big winner this week. Conversely, Michigan has fallen off the brackets and will have work to do in the Big Ten tourney. So, for now, the Big Ten is a six-bid league. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Hampton,

Dienhart: Lovie Smith hire means 'future is now' for Illinois

New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman showed the league he means business about exacting change—now—by firing Bill Cubit on his first day on the job and hiring Lovie Smith two days later. [ MORE: Twitter: Illinois football family reacts to Love Smith hiring ] The future is now. No sense in waiting to turn the page. It’s all about authoring a better tomorrow in Champaign for a consistently underachieving program. So, Whitman felt Cubit wasn’t the future. And, he acted. With lightning speed and authority by inking Smith to a six-year deal that will pay him $2 million annually for

Big Ten links: Lovie Smith hire, Ohio State replacements & more

In the span of three days, Illinois fired and hired a coach. Lovie Smith brings instant credibility. Bob Asmussen has pros and cons to Smith’s hiring. There is great opportunity in Champaign. It will be key how Smith shapes his staff. Who will be his coordinators? And key recruiters are ultra-vital. And, the guy who got fired, Bill Cubit, was shocked—to say the least—about getting canned after making over his staff in the offseason. “Just shock, it really is,” Cubit told IlliniInquirer.com on Saturday afternoon. “My biggest thing really is No. 1 the players and then No. 2, it’s the