I Hit It To Win It: Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber

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I Hit It To Win It: Blake Hoffarber

In the latest installment of “I Hit It To Win It,” BTN’s Jordan Cornette sits down with former Minnesota players Travis Busch and Blake Hoffarber to recreate the pass and buzzer-beater from the 2008 Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana. Earlier this season, we spoke with Ohio State’s Matt Sylvester to discuss his buzzer-beating shot that handed the 2004-2005 Illinois team their only regular season loss. This is an ongoing series of interviews and we store them all in our “I Hit IT To Win It” section. Cornette also spoke with Nick Anderson, who hit an incredible shot against Indiana to win the game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

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Big Ten Geeks: The Buckeyes Strike Back

With Keith Appling draped all over him, William Buford hit an absolute dagger of a shot to help Ohio State down Michigan State and ensure a three-way tie atop the Big Ten conference for the season. While that makes banner manufacturers very happy, it was not the result the Spartans were expecting after they found themselves up by 9 after the first half. Ohio State won this game by keeping MSU off the glass, getting to the free throw line, and by the excellent work by whoever had the job of talking Buford into coming back to school every May. With Jared Sullinger largely ineffective, Buford put the Buckeyes on his back, carrying them with 25 points on 14 shots.

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Monday's Links: Tourney, Football & Awards

Michigan State Spartans guard Branden Dawson (22) during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

The Journey 2012: Senior Night

In my first daily batch of links for this week, Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News tells us that Delvon Roe feels Branden Dawson’s pain. No doubt, and Dawson’s loss for the rest of the season to a knee injury suffered in the loss to Ohio State will have a big impact on Michigan State in the postseason. This is a slumping Spartan squad that enters the Big Ten tourney as the No. 1 seed but riding consecutive losses at Indiana and at home yesterday to the Buckeyes on Senior Day. Now, this: News that the freshman sensation is done.

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Pulse: Talking Big Ten men's tournament

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Big Ten Pulse - Mar. 5th, 2012

On Monday night’s Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle talked the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, from the tourney favorite to the dark horse team to the team most likely to suffer an upset. The crew also debated the level of concern there should be in East Lansing following back-to-back losses and Branden Dawson’s season-ending knee injury Sunday. Watch a clip from the show now. And don’t forget to follow the Pulse on Twitter: @BTNThePulse.

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Big Ten hands out weekly men's hoops laurels

The Big Ten Conference released its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week for the final week of the regular season on Monday. See who took home the honors and see what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

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Dienhart: Instant Big Ten tourney analysis

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Purdue at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

The bracket for the 15th Big Ten tourney is set, with games beginning on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are the top four seeds, respectively, with each receiving a bye in the first round. But the other eight schools will be in action on the first day of a tourney that has been dominated by Ohio State in recent years.

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