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Dienhart: A.J. Hammons, Purdue top Michigan, advance to Big Ten final

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue continues its push to it first Big Ten tourney title since 2009. And it can thank A.J. Hammons. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The big fella had 27 points and 11 boards, and when Michigan cut the Boilers’ lead to six midway through the second half, he was the guy who reasserted Purdue’s dominance. The Boilermakers will take on the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 3 Maryland game for the league title on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan may have done enough work in Indy to earn an at-large

Catch up on Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal games

And then there were two, and it will be No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan State in the 19th Big Ten tournament title game Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The fourth-seeded Boilermakers downed No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, to advance to their third Big Ten tourney final, while the second-seeded Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to move on to their second consecutive tourney title game. Purdue and Michigan State will face off at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the final game before Selection Sunday. Michigan State, the highest-remaining seed, advanced to last season’s

Settles: Three keys to Maryland-Michigan State Big Ten tourney semi

It’s hard to believe that when Maryland and Michigan State faced off for the lone time in the regular season, on January 23 in East Lansing, the Terrapins were building a Final Four resume and the Spartans were riding a three-game losing streak, including two home losses. At the time, Michigan State was desperate for a win, let alone a signature win against an elite team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Oh, how times have changed. Michigan State is everyone’s favorite to return to the Final Four, and Maryland arrived in Indy having lost four

Settles: 3 under-the-radar players in Big Ten tourney semifinals

It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably

BTN LiveBIG: Spartans, Wolverines forge a brighter future for Flint

In the weeks following the revelation last fall that the water supply of Flint, Mich., contained lead, the University of Michigan and Michigan State communities made herculean contributions in dealing with the initial public health crisis. Now, members of both institutions are turning their attention to finding lasting solutions for residents of the city. Marty Kaufman, chair of the Earth and Resource Science Department at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, is one of those people. He headed up a research project through the university’s Geographic Information Center that identified and mapped out the locations of lead pipes in Flint, working

Four on the Floor: Big Ten tourney moves to semifinals

And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men's Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday's championship.

Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: All-Friday team

The quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We saw an upset win by No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, blowout victories by Purdue and Michigan State in Games 2 and 3, and Maryland hold on to a win in the nightcap. With four games on the slate, Big Ten fans got the chance to see plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Friday teams from the third day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. We did it Wednesday and Thursday,

Dienhart: Maryland comes alive in the postseason

Maryland began the year as the favorite to win the Big Ten, but the Terps never reached that goal, finishing in a tie for third place with a 12-6 mark. Maryland even went 2-4 down the stretch. That’s changed as the Terrapins have come alive in the postseason. Save for seeing a 25-point lead shaved to six, the Terps looked good tonight in dispatching No. 11 Nebraska, 97-86, as Maryland was white-hot from beyond the arc in hitting its first seven 3-pointers. The Terrapins will play No. 2 Michigan State on Saturday for a chance to play for Big Ten

Dienhart: Michigan State flexes, advances to semifinals

Michigan State arrived in Indy as the hottest team in the Big Ten. And, the Spartans show no signs of cooling off. Tonight’s 81-54 demolition of No. 7 Ohio State was impressive. It was the third time Michigan State had beaten Ohio State since Feb. 24. Tom Izzo’s squad looks to be peaking at just the right time. MSU will play the winner of No. 3 Maryland-No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday for the right to play for the Big Ten tourney title. The Buckeyes’ season ends with a thud. Despite a 20-13 overall mark and an 11-7 Big Ten record,