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NCAA Tournament: Maryland tops South Dakota State

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins against South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits against Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Layman talks about Maryland's win

Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game.

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Big Ten links: Let the NCAA Tournament games begin

Mar 16, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines players walk off the court after the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the First Four of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Dayton Arena. Michigan won 67-62.

Michigan advances to Friday's round

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After Michigan’s First Four win, more Big Ten men’s teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we’ve got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday’s news digest now.

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Dienhart: Where will the NCAA road end for each Big Ten team?

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There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.

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Big Ten links: What would a 68-team football bracket look like?

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If college football had a 68-team tourney like men’s hoops, how would the bracket look? Which big name reportedly interviewed for the Rutgers’ men’s basketball job? What kind of good news did Minnesota fans get recently? Let’s dive into Wednesday’s Big Ten football and basketball news digest.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 2 seed Michigan State

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There were many dubious seeds in the NCAA bracket when it was announced on Sunday. But perhaps no seed raised more eyebrows of surprise than Michigan State being slotted as a No. 2 in the Midwest. The Spartans, No. 2 in the AP poll, appeared to have the resume of a No. 1 seed coming off a Big Ten tourney title, winning nine in a row and 13 of their last 14 games since a three-game losing skid in mid-January.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Maryland

Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Deyonta Davis(23) and Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman(10) fight for a rebound in the first half during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Maryland's Mark Turgeon talks NCAA tourney

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When the season dawned, experts spoke in glowing terms about Maryland. Most felt the Terps were the pick to win the Big Ten. And some thought Maryland was the No. 1 team in the nation. The season started with a bang, as Maryland opened 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. But the Terps wheezed down the stretch, going 3-5 in their last eight games.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Purdue

Feb 16, 2016; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter draws up a play during a timeout in the second half of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats  at Mackey Arena. Purdue won 71-61.

Purdue's Matt Painter talks NCAA tourney

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The Boilermakers have proven they are capable of beating just about any team … and also struggling against just about any team. Big Ten title dreams danced in the heads of Purdue fans in October. But, that didn’t materialize. Still, the goal of reaching the Final Four remains alive. Is it possible? Maybe. This is a big, tough physical squad anchored by a fleet of what the late Al McGuire used to like to call “aircraft carriers” in 7-0 A.J. Hammons, 6-9 Caleb Swanigan and 7-2 monster Isaac Haas. No school can match this tall trio of terror.

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Big Ten links: Buzz over low seeds as tourney approaches

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Who does Jon Crispin see winning it all?

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So the day after Selection Sunday and people still feel the Big Ten got slighted in the seeding. That’s why they play the games. Spin through our Tuesday Big Ten headlines roundup for the linksm, then watch and see who BTN analyst Jon Crispin picks to win it all.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 7 seed Wisconsin

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers coach Greg Gard coaches on the sidelines against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Wisconsin's Greg Gard talks about the tourney

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At one point this season, an NCAA bid seemed like a long shot for Wisconsin, which was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten after a loss at Northwestern on Jan. 12. But the Badgers, who lost to the likes of UW Milwaukee and Western Illinois early on, rallied under Greg Gard to secure an 18th consecutive trip to the Big Dance after he took over a 7-5 team following the retirement of Bo Ryan on Dec. 15. Late in the year, Gard inked a five-year deal, taking the “interim” off his title.

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NCAA men's tourney at a glance: No. 11 seed Michigan

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines  bench reacts during the closing seconds of their overtime game against the  Northwestern Wildcats during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Michigan's John Beilein talks NCAA tourney

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Michigan’s bubble didn’t burst. It is back in the Big Dance—barely—after a one-year absence with its lowest seed ever at No. 11. The Wolverines have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years under John Beilein, playing in the national championship game in 2013 and the regional finals in 2014 before missing the tourney last season.

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NCAA men's tourney at a glance: No. 7 seed Iowa

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Iowa's McCaffery talks NCAA tourney

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Iowa is back in the NCAA tourney as a No. 7 seed for the second year in a row. This is the Hawkeyes third appearance in a row, the first time the program has pulled off that trifecta since 1991-93. But Iowa hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 1999.

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Selection Sunday: Breaking down the Big Ten & the Bracket

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IU's Yogi Ferrell ready for the tourney

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path?

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Dienhart: Michigan State wraps up 2nd tourney title in 3 years

Mar 13, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans celebrate winning the Big Ten Championship against the Purdue Boilermakers during the Big Ten conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Purdue 66-62.

Valentine talks about winning the title

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So that’s another year, another Big Ten title for Michigan State. That’s two in three years and three in five for the Spartans, who continue to reign supreme in the Big Ten. The No. 2 Spartans dispatched the Boilermakers, 66-62, thanks to their suffocating defense and a big dose of Denzel Valentine. MSU also didn’t allow A.J. Hammons to get comfortable on the blocks. Tune into BTN at 7 p.m. ET today for the “B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special” for complete coverage of Selection Sunday.

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Four on the Floor: Big Ten tourney moves to semifinals

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Watch our Saturday's semifinals preview

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.

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Dienhart: Michigan State flexes, advances to semifinals

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Gavin Schilling (34) dunks against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Highlights: Michigan State drops Ohio State

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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.

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