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Dienhart: A sneak peek at 2014-15 Big Ten hoops

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell Makes 7 Three-Pointers

The 2013-14 season was punctuated with UConn’s win over Kentucky in the national championship game Monday night. Deep breath … exhale. That means it’s time to turn the page toward the 2014-15 season. Yes, already.

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Get an early, early look at 2014-15 hoops polls

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Traevon Jackson Talks Loss Against Kentucky

It’s crazy-nutty to do 2014-15 college hoops polls the moment the final buzzer sounds on the national title game. But, hey, media outlets do it. And, we post it. So, here you go: polls from Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, USA Today and Yahoo! Sports.

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Dienhart: Thoughts from Michigan spring game

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Brady Hoke Post Spring Game Interview

This will be Michigan’s fourth season under Brady Hoke. And, make no mistake about it: It’s a crossroads campaign. No one in Ann Arbor was satisfied with the 7-6 record last season. And heads rolled, as offensive coordinator Al Borges was fired. Hoke looked to Alabama for a replacement, tabbing Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

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Wisconsin bows out in battle of clutch shots

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

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Traevon Jackson has hit a number of big shots this season for the Badgers. The guy was money. The guy was clutch. But he didn’t have his magic touch on this night. Jackson missed a key free throw and potential game-winning shot that proved fatal in the dying moments of Wisconsin’s 74-73 loss to Kentucky in a national semifinal game.

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How do Badgers beat UK? Let's count the ways

Nigel Hayes

Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

It’s almost time to tip off at the Final Four, as No. 2 Wisconsin is carrying the Big Ten flag in pursuit of the conference’s first national championship since 2000. Here’s a look at seven keys for the Badgers if they want to beat this white-hot Kentucky team that entered the Big Dance as a No. 8 seed but is playing like a No. 1 seed after starting the season as the preseason No. 1 team. Watch for these things during the game and see how they impact the outcome.

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Miss these Friday headlines? Read 'em all

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Richard Pitino Talks NIT Championship

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

How about those Minnesota Gophers! In his first year on the job, Richard Pitino led the Golden Gophers to the NIT title, as Minnesota downed Larry Brown and SMU last night. Yes, Pitino inherited some nice talent from Tubby Smith. Still, Pitino acquitted himself as a coach. The guy has a bright future. And, think of this: He’s just 31. Now, if Pitino can recruit like he can coach, Minnesota could be on to something.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Maryland coach Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall Talks Maryland and B1G

The Big Ten beckons. And Maryland coach Randy Edsall can’t wait to help usher in the new era for the Terrapins. Edsall knows the challenges that loom, beginning with playing in a Big Ten East division that also will include Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State. But Edsall also knows the possibilities. Besides, Edsall isn’t afraid of a challenge as Maryland moves from the ACC.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Let's dive into your letters

Michigan State Fans

Minnesota vs. Florida State - Men's NIT Analysis

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Firing through my e-mail inbox on this rainy day, reading your Big Ten love letters and answering the best ones. Keep ‘em coming! You can always email me directly at the bottom of any of my posts – including this one.

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Is NIT final better than one-and-done NCAA trip?

Joey King

Gophers on Making it to NIT Championship

Minnesota’s NIT semifinal overtime win over Florida State on Tuesday night wasn’t a thing of beauty. But, it doesn’t matter. The triumph means that the Golden Gophers will play SMU for the NIT title on Thursday night.

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Dienhart: How Wisconsin made it to Final Four

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Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others.

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Dienhart: Will they stay, or will they go to NBA?

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Sam Dekker Talks Game Against Arizona

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Ohio State already has seen junior LaQuinton Ross opt to turn pro. Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh also is out the door. Ross looks like a second-rounder; Vonleh a lottery selection. What other Big Ten players may bolt? Players have until April 27th to make a decision. Here’s a look at the other seven Big Ten players who appear most likely to have a big decision to make soon.

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Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

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Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles.

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Dienhart: Frank Kaminsky, in his prep coach's words

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Frank Kaminsky Speech - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

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It has been fun for fans to watch Frank Kaminsky emerge this year and during Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four. But there’s one guy who isn’t shocked by all of this: Gene Heidkamp, Kaminsky’s high school coach at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.

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Jordan Morgan passes out 'Thank Yous' on Twitter

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Jordan Morgan Game Winner

There are few classier acts than Michigan big man Jordan Morgan, who saw his career end with the heart-breaking loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis on Sunday. Morgan was a glue-guy whose production in the pivot was a boon for a team that had to play almost the entire season without Mitch McGary. Morgan took to Twitter (@JustJMo) after the loss yesterday to give thanks.

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to read today

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Frank Kaminsky Speech - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

Still trying to catch your breath after that wild weekend of hoops games? The Big Ten had a great chance to get three teams into the Final Four. Alas, only one made it: Wisconsin, perhaps the least likely of all.

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