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Dienhart: Big win boosts Michigan's NCAA tourney hopes

If you didn’t know it was March yet, you do now. The zaniness continued at the Big Ten tourney after a wild Thursday that saw double-digit seeds Illinois and Nebraska advance. This time, it was Michigan pulling the shocker with a 72-69 win vs. No. 1 seed Indiana. The win probably punches a ticket to the NCAA tourney for Michigan, who entered the day with a 68 RPI and a strength of schedule rating of 63, according to the NCAA. Michigan will play the winner of the Purdue-Illinois game. Despite the loss, Indiana still figures to be a No. 3

Tom's Take: Two tourney upsets make it a wild Day 2

If you like upsets, today was your day. No. 12 Illinois took down No. 5 Iowa, and No. 11 Nebraska topped No. 6 Wisconsin. What does it mean? For the first time since Michigan and Illinois did it in 1999, two double-digit seeds will play in the quarterfinals. Here’s a complete look at the day’s action.

Dienhart: Shields, Nebraska stun Wisconsin

No. 11 Nebraska continued a surprising run in Indianapolis with a 70-58 upset of No. 6 Wisconsin a day after dispatching No. 14 Rutgers. Tim Miles is doing his best to salvage what has been a disappointing season. This mini-run is something the program can build on. Up next: No. 3 Maryland. Top star: Nebraska’s Shavon Shields was the B.M.O.C., tallying a game-high 20 points. Time and again, he drove to the basket. The result? He hit eight of nine free throws. It was a big night for the senior. SCORES | BRACKET  (PDF)| STORIES | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |

Dienhart: Ohio State advances to face Michigan State

Ohio State went on a 23-4 run to take a 48-39 lead in the second half after trailing 37-34 at halftime. Get the rest of the recap of Ohio State's 79-75 win over Penn State.

Dienhart: No. 12 seed Illinois stays alive with upset win

No. 12 seed Illinois won for the second time in two days and sent No. 5 Iowa home early again. Our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is courtside for the entire tourney - here's his recap.

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