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Big Ten links: Badgers bow out, Big Ten spring football updates & more

In Tuesday's Big Ten links, we look at a few angles of Monday's national championship game and the officiating on the court. Plus, Big Ten spring football talk heats up as Urban Meyer has a recruiting idea, one writer has five players to watch at Michigan State, and there's a new tackling technique that's all the rage. Dive in.

One win short of national title, Wisconsin Badgers end 'a great ride'

INDIANAPOLIS — It started well for Wisconsin on college basketball’s biggest stage as the shots fell, the defense smothered, and the Badgers, eying the Big Ten’s first national championship in 15 years, led by nine points. [ MORE: Twitter: Badgers, past and present, react to national final loss ] But then came Duke, fueled by an unsuspected freshman hero not named Okafor or Winslow and guided by a coach with a history of winning big games. The freshman was Grayson Allen, who scored¬†10 of his 16 points in the second half after averaging just four a game this season. Allen

Photos: Stars attend Wisconsin vs. Duke national title game

The Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events in the nation, and the national title game is one of the biggest stages in the nation. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] That being the case, the stars were out to take in the Wisconsin vs. Duke game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Let’s see, there was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, an adopted Wisconsin fan who has followed the Badgers’ run, and former Wisconsin defensive end and current NFL All-Pro J.J. Watt, who was seated next to Caroline Wozniacki, the

Gallery: Top photos from Wisconsin vs. Duke national championship game

Big events always bring out the best in sports photography, and we expect Monday night’s NCAA Final Four championship game between Duke and Wisconsin to be no exception.¬†Have a look at the best shots from the game. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.    

Big Ten time machine: Let's look back at the Year 2000

With a win tonight over Duke, Wisconsin would win the Big Ten's first national title since 2000. A lot has changed since Michigan State cut down the nets, as evidenced by the fun nuggets inside.

Photo: Big Ten fans will want to see this updated Kentucky rally towel

What can $3 get you at this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis? A Big Blue Nation Kentucky rally towel, which reads “UK Not Done.” [ MORE: Badgers, on how and why they’re so excited, such characters ] The issue is, the Wildcats are done after falling to Wisconsin 71-64 on Saturday night. The loss ended Kentucky’s pursuit of a perfect season. Now, the towel has a red “X” over over the word “Not” and a Wisconsin “W” below the Kentucky slogan. Check it out in the tweet above. *** Read more NCAA Tournament posts below: