A Sweet Saturday for 3 Big Ten teams

Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana came into Saturday looking to take the next step in the NCAA Tournament but all three had formidable challenges ahead of them. First off, the Buckeyes held off a very tough Gonzaga team before the Badgers battled Vanderbilt right down to the end to win. Finally, the Hoosiers got some late-game heroics from Will Sheehey and defeated VCU.

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Indiana rallies to beat VCU & advance

Virginia Commonwealth Rams center D.J. Haley (33) reaches in on Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) during the first half in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana vs VCU - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him and No. 4 seed Indiana rallied to beat VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Cody Zeller scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added nine points and five boards. The Hoosiers and Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) traded leads and momentum throughout the game, as the contest featured 14 lead changes.

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Wisconsin Beats Vanderbilt to Move On

Vanderbilt Commodores forward JEffery Taylor (44) defends against Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser (21) during the first half in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Pit. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin vs Vanderbilt - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

(AP) Wisconsin riding the nation’s stingiest defense – and admittedly a bit of luck – back to the round of 16. The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference’s two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin held John Jenkins (20.1) and Jeffery Taylor (16.3) to 13 and 9 points, respectively in advancing to face top-seeded Syracuse in the East Regional in Boston.

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NCAA Women: Purdue wins, Michigan State falls

Michgan State and Purdue played Saturday in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Becky Burke scored 14 points, Shawnta’ Dyer had 13, and seventh-seeded Louisville beat 10th-seeded Michigan State 67-55, and you can read more at MSUspartans.com. Meanwhile, Purdue beat South Dakota State 83-68. Find more at PurdueSports.com. They’re two of seven Big Ten teams in the tourney as Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State play on Sunday. BTN.com scoreboard is here. Follow it all at NCAA.com’s women’s interactive bracket.

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Ohio State beats Gonzaga to advance

Ohio State Buckeyes guard William Buford (44) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Guy Landry Edi (10) in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State vs Gonzaga - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Aaron Craft scored 17, grabbed three rebounds and handed out 10 assists to help Ohio State past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday in Pittsburgh in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State was trailing when Jared Sullinger converted a field goal with 3:35 to go to give it a lead it would not relinquish. The Buckeyes also got solid contributions from William Buford, who scored 13 and Deshaun Thomas and Sullinger, who each scored 18.

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BTN's Stats Guru Brings the Numbers

BTN’s stats researcher tweets out great Big Ten stats during the football and basketball seasons via his Twitter account @BTNStatsGuy. If you’re on Twitter, check him out. And if you’re not, you can still see his work on his Twitter page. We’ve selected some of his most recent posts and embedded them below.You can also find some fresh Big Ten stats at BigTen.org.

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High Five: Big Ten teams prep for next round

Purdue Boilermakers guard Terone Johnson (0) celebrates with teammate Lewis Jackson (23) after a score against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Century Link Center. Purdue Boilermakers defeat St. Mary's 72-69. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State vs. LIU-Brooklyn - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

It was bound to happen. Friday was a day of upsets in the NCAA tournament and the Big Ten did not go unscathed as Michigan fell. But Purdue rose up and won and Michigan State rolled as well leaving five Big Ten teams alive and kicking in the tourney. Read this post for my capsules on Friday’s action plus my take on Northwestern’s NIT loss, too. On now: Ohio State vs. Gonzaga. Later: Wisconsin vs. Vanderbilt, and Indiana vs. VCU.

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