Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday. The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control.
We’ll be posting photo galleries throughout the NCAA Men’s Tournament for all of our teams. Here’s a look at rivals Michigan and Michigan State practicing ahead of both of their opening games.
Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go continues as we bring your the press conferences leading up to ganmes as well as the sessions right after games. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences. A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below.
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Welcome to one of the greatest days on the sports calendar! Where to begin? How about here, with Ohio State, one of my Final Four picks? When you think of Ohio State’s sprint to the NCAA tourney, ripping off eight victories in a row, you think of an offense that has featured a steadier stream of contributors around Deshaun Thomas. But defense has been the catalyst. And one of the biggest defensive sparks has been provided by Shannon Scott.
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The Big Ten can fill any number of All-Big Ten-like teams. There’s the actual All-Big Ten teams, of course, and then there’s less official ones, such as this All-Big Ten underrated team. Cosmopolitan, the women’s magazine, has brought a different kind of team to the table. This one is “The Hottest Guys of March Madness 2013,” and it includes five Big Ten players.
Devyn Marble scored 24 points, Aaron White added 11 with 13 rebounds and Iowa cruised past Indiana State 68-52 in the opening round of the NIT on Wednesday night.
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Purdue used its efficient offense to power past Western Illinois 81-67 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in the College Basketball Invitational.