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A Michigan vs. Michigan State NCAA title game?

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Branden Dawson Sledge Hammer vs. Michigan

It’s interesting to think about the possibility of a Michigan State vs. Michigan national championship game in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The way both teams are playing and the way the bracket is set up, it’s a possibility.

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Dienhart: NLRB's ruling is 'a bit surprising'

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#BTNLive Discusses Kain Colter and Players Union

It was a bit surprising to see that the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players who receive scholarships are employees. NLRB directed that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern.

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Dienhart: Scouting the Big Ten in Sweet 16

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Michigan State vs. Harvard - 2014 NCAA Tournament Highlights

The Sweet 16 is around the corner. Wisconsin takes on Baylor on Thursday, while Michigan plays Tennessee and Michigan State battles Virginia on Friday. Let’s break down the action involving the three Big Ten teams.

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Dienhart: 16 fun numbers for the Sweet 16

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Wisconsin vs. Oregon - 2014 NCAA Tournament Analysis

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The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action.

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Here are today's 10 Big Ten headlines

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Michigan vs. Texas - 2014 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Lots going on at Indiana recently, with the recent announcement that Jeremy Hollowell and Austin Etherington will transfer. Even bigger: Noah Vonleh is going to turn pro after just one season. Earlier, Luke Fischer bolted. Last season, Remy Abell and Maurice Creek transferred. Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com has a nice recap of all the activity.

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Dienhart: Could three B1G teams reach Final Four?

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Michigan vs. Texas - 2014 NCAA Tournament Analysis

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It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always pretty, but No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State all took care of business in their opening two games and have advanced to the Sweet 16. Well, it was easy for Michigan, which dispatched No. 15 Wofford in the second round and then topped No. 7 Texas in the third round.

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Dienhart: Spartans need to address OL in spring drills

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Connor Cook Interview -100th Rose Bowl Champion

The good times are rolling in East Lansing for a Michigan State program coming off a Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship. Mark Dantonio has this program humming along as an elite machine that can stand toe-to-toe with any Big Ten squad—if not the nation. The next goal: A national championship. Why not?

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Big Ten teams stare down adversity & advance

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Wisconsin vs. Oregon - 2014 NCAA Tournament Analysis

It was exhilarating. It was exhausting. And it may end up being a very memorable win for Wisconsin. Trailing 75-74, Wisconsin not once, not twice, but three times grabbed offensive rebounds before Ben Brust finally drained a 3-pointer to give Wisconsin a 77-75 lead over Oregon.

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Dienhart: Four thoughts on today's games

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Michigan vs. Wofford - 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis

It’s a big day for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State (I still can’t believe Sparty is a No. 4!) look to punch their ticket for the Sweet 16. Here are four thoughts on today’s games: Wisconsin vs. Oregon (7:45); Michigan State vs. Harvard (8:40). Michigan took down Texas in the first game.

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'Nebrasketball' was fun while it lasted

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Nebraska vs. Baylor - 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis

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It was fun while it lasted, Nebraska. The whole “Nebrasketball” thing was a phenomenon this season. The world was watching … or at least it felt like it for a while. And that’s pretty amazing, when you consider how far off the radar this program was flying.

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Dienhart: Thursday was a success for the Big Ten

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Wisconsin vs. American - 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis

The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it.

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Dienhart: Ohio State's elimination no surprise

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Please, tell me you aren’t shocked by Ohio State’s 60-59 loss to Dayton in its opening NCAA game. Yes, the seeds said it was an upset, as the Buckeyes were a No. 6 seed and the Flyers were a No. 11 seed. But this was little more than a good-not-great Ohio State club. Has been all season.

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Read these 10 Big Ten Thursday headlines

Well, Iowa’s first taste of March Madness didn’t last long. Heck, it wasn’t really even a taste. More like a sip, as the Hawkeyes were bounced in a play-in game by Tennessee. I guess it shouldn’t be a shock. The Hawkeyes lost six of their last seven games entering the tourney. Conversely, the Volunteers arrived in Dayton, Ohio, with some mojo. It’s just too bad it all had to end like this for Iowa, whose season once glowed with such promise.

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Dienhart: Many choose Spartans, but I like Badgers

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Bo Ryan On Making it to the Tourney

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It’s official: America has fallen in love with Michigan State. It’s mad-crazy tattoo-her-name-on-your-chest love that has mushroomed in a flash, going from 7th-grade crush to full-grown infatuation/borderline stalking.

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Dienhart: 21 things I didn't expect in 2013-14

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Fran McCaffery On Making it to the Tourney

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post.

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