Video: Spartans soar for big dunks in Big Ten tourney final

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Gary Harris Drops the Hammer vs. Michigan

Michigan State cruised past rival Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, 69-55, Sunday to claim the 2014 Big Ten tourney. On the way to the team’s second Big Ten tourney final in the last three seasons and its fourth overall, the Spartans compiled several impressive highlights. None were better than Gary Harris crossover and powerful dunk before halftime and Branden Dawson’s fastbreak flush. Watch both plays in this post.

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Six Big Ten men's teams make NCAA tournament

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John Beilein Interview - 2014 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship

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Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post.

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Penn State accepts CBI bid, will host Hampton

Penn State has accepted an invitation to compete in the seventh annual College Basketball Invitational Tournament. The Nittany Lions (15-17, 6-12 B1G) will host Hampton (18-12, 13-3 MEAC) in the first round of the CBI on at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Illinois, Minnesota named to 2014 NIT field

After the NCAA tourney announced its field Sunday night, the NIT released its bracket. Minnesota and Illinois made the field as No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. The Gophers will host High Point on Tuesday, while the Illini will play at Boston on Wednesday due to renovations at State Farm Center. Indiana, which was eligible for the tourney, was not selected.

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Spartans take All-Michigan Big Ten tourney final

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(AP) Adreian Payne scored 18 points and Gary Harris and Branden Dawson added 15 each to lead No. 22 Michigan State to its second Big Ten tournament title in three years with a 69-55 upset of No. 8 Michigan on Sunday. The third-seeded Spartans (26-8) are getting healthy and will have some momentum entering the NCAA tournament with four wins in five games.

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