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Tom's Take: My best from Big Ten tourney semifinal action

INDIANAPOLIS — For the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years, Michigan State will play in the Big Ten tourney title game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off third-seeded Maryland, 64-61, to advance to Sunday’s tourney final vs. the Boilermakers, who knocked off eighth-seeded Michigan, 76-59. If Michigan State wins the championship, which would mark its event-leading fifth crown, it would seem to have a good chance to be a No. 1 seed. It may have one locked up, regardless. Get my best of Semifinal Saturday below.

Dienhart: A.J. Hammons, Purdue top Michigan, advance to Big Ten final

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue continues its push to it first Big Ten tourney title since 2009. And it can thank A.J. Hammons. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The big fella had 27 points and 11 boards, and when Michigan cut the Boilers’ lead to six midway through the second half, he was the guy who reasserted Purdue’s dominance. The Boilermakers will take on the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 3 Maryland game for the league title on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan may have done enough work in Indy to earn an at-large

Four on the Floor: Big Ten tourney moves to semifinals

And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men's Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday's championship.

Dienhart: Michigan State flexes, advances to semifinals

Michigan State arrived in Indy as the hottest team in the Big Ten. And, the Spartans show no signs of cooling off. Tonight’s 81-54 demolition of No. 7 Ohio State was impressive. It was the third time Michigan State had beaten Ohio State since Feb. 24. Tom Izzo’s squad looks to be peaking at just the right time. MSU will play the winner of No. 3 Maryland-No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday for the right to play for the Big Ten tourney title. The Buckeyes’ season ends with a thud. Despite a 20-13 overall mark and an 11-7 Big Ten record,

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