Dienhart: Nebraska, Sadler part ways

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne fired Doc Sadler today, a move that surprised no one. Sadler went 12-17 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten, culminating with a loss to Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Nebraska moved into a state-of-the-art, $18 million practice facility last fall. And the program will move into a $344 million arena that is expected to open for the 2013-14 season, as the school has experienced a rebirth of its basketball facilities. (See more video in this post.)

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Wilson sparks Wisconsin to 79-71 win

Rob Wilson scored 30 points to lift No. 12 Wisconsin to a 79-71 win over No. 15 Indiana on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Both Wilson and Jared Berggren played well for Wisconsin (24-8). Wilson knocked down 11-of-16 shot attempts and tied a school record by making 7-of-10 from long range. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.

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Michigan State takes down Iowa, 92-75

Draymond Green scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists as No. 8 Michigan State defeated Iowa 92-75 on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Green and Adreian Payne had good games for Michigan State (25-7). Green went 8-of-13 from the field. Payne contributed 16 points, hauled in seven rebounds, and knocked down 7-of-8 shot attempts. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.

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Dienhart: What Does Illinois Do Now?

What has been speculated for weeks became reality today when Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced the firing of Bruce Weber. Thomas wasted no time turning the page on the Weber era, letting him go a day after the Fighting Illini lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tourney. Illinois is 17-15 (6-12 Big Ten) still could receive an NIT bid. If that happens, an assistant figures to serve as interim coach.

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Weber Removed as Head Basketball Coach at Illinois

The University of Illinois announced today that men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber has been released from his duties after nine years as head coach.  Illinois finished the 2012 regular season with a 17-15 record and in a tie for ninth place with a 6-12 record. Read the full AP story here and the rest of the Illinois release inside this post.

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