Tourney Preview: A Closer look at Michigan State

Here’s my look at Michigan State as we head into the Spartans’ Friday night game against Long Island. Want to know a little bit about Long Island? See what Brent Yarina wrote about the Blackbirds.

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Meet Wisconsin's opponent: Montana

Wisconsin, playing in its 14th straight NCAA tournament, earned the No. 4 seed in the East Region. The Badgers will play Big Sky champ Montana at 2:10 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon. Before the game tips off in Albuquerque, N.M., BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Grizzlies. A little sampling: Did you know a former Wisconsin guard who won two Big Ten titles is a Montana assistant? Meet Montana in this post.

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Meet Michigan State's opponent: Long Island

Michigan State, fresh off a share of the Big Ten regular season crown and the Big Ten tourney title, drew the No. 1 seed in the West Region, the Big Ten’s lone top seed. The Spartans will play No. 16 Long Island at 9:20 p.m. ET Friday night. Before the game tips off in Columbus, Ohio, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Northeast Conference champs. A little sampling: Did you know the Blackbirds have never won an NCAA tournament game? Meet Long Island in this post.

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OSU-Purdue game is BTN's highest-rated game ever

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal matchup between Ohio State and Purdue on Friday was the highest-rated basketball game in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data. The game earned a program average household rating of 3.11 across the network’s eight metered markets,* and was the top cable program in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis that day.

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Take a quick spin through Monday's headlines

What are my colleagues around the Big Ten saying this morning? The Spartans are a sure thing in an unpredictable tourney while the Buckeyes challenge is to move on. The Wolverines look to stick around a while in the NCAA while the  Badgers’ bracket is dangerous even with Kentucky nowhere near. And the NCAA committee did Purdue a favor. What was it? Find out in my daily web links post.

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