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Selection Sunday: Breaking down the Big Ten & the Bracket

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? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the

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

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.

Michigan State holds on to top Purdue for tourney title

After Michigan State (28-5) built a 36-26 halftime lead over No. 13 Purdue (26-7), the Spartans hung on to win 66-62. Tune into BTN at 7 p.m. ET today for the “B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special” for complete coverage of Selection Sunday. In the title game, Denzel Valentine finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead No. 2 Michigan State past No. 13 Purdue 66-62 in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after flirting with triple-doubles on three consecutive days. Michigan State (29-5) has won 13 of 14 and has its

Jess Settles: My pregame scouting report for today's title game

The only time Michigan State and Purdue faced off this season, we witnessed an instant classic as Purdue won the hard-fought overtime thriller, 82-81. Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spartans and proved to themselves that they could compete with anyone in the country. Michigan State gets a much wanted revenge game today with the Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line. Here are three keys to look for in this battle of senior-led teams. The Hammons Factor A.J. Hammons scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Michigan’s thin front line in the semifinal, but it

Jess Settles: Three players to watch in today's championship

Purdue’s Raphael Davis and Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes. When I sit down to watch today’s Big Ten tournament championship game, those are the three players I’ll be watching very closely. Let me tell you why. Rapheal Davis, Purdue: The senior leader tied his career high in points (24) and blocks (2) and drilled six three-pointers the first time these two teams battled. Purdue led by 18 points in the first half, mostly due to the heroics of Davis’ 19 first half points. With 4.6 seconds remaining in an overtime thriller, it was Davis who made the free throw

How to watch 2016 Big Ten men's hockey tournament

Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, which claimed its third consecutive Big Ten crown in Saturday night’s win vs. Wisconsin, is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET on BTN (also available live on BTN2Go) #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Ohio State – 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN (also available

Minnesota win Big Ten crown, gets No. 1 seed in Big Ten hockey tourney

The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, with Big Ten Champion Minnesota collecting the top seed after earning its third consecutive Big Ten title. [ MORE: Here’s how to watch the Big Ten tourney on BTN/BTN2Go ] The Gophers clinched the outright conference crown and the No. 1 seed with a 4-1 win against Wisconsin on Saturday night. Minnesota led the conference with 42 points and a conference record of 14-6-0-0. Michigan enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a first-round bye along with Minnesota. The Wolverines finished

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana professor restores the glory of Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither, for that matter, was “Rome Reborn.” This initiative to create a realistic virtual replication of Ancient Rome is the brainchild of Bernard Frischer, a professor at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. And the impressive result is due to innovative ideas and hard work carried out through his career. Frischer came up with the idea back in 1974 shortly after he’d arrived in “The Eternal City” as an academic fellow at the American Academy of Rome. With his classics academic background, Frischer was fascinated by the monuments of antiquity he saw during

10 facts to get you ready for Big Ten tournament title game

No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The two teams have only played once this season, with Purdue winning an 82-81 thriller in February at Mackey Arena. To get you prepped for Sunday’s big game, here is a look at 10 fun facts leading up to the 19th Big Ten tourney final. The No. 2 and No. 4 teams have only met twice before in the Big Ten Championship (2000 and 2013). Both times, the No. 2 seed the tournament