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Dienhart's rapid reaction: Wisconsin rallies, runs away from Purdue

CHICAGO — The Big Ten regular-season champs are one win away from being Big Ten tourney champs, too. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 1-seed Wisconsin erased a five-point halftime deficit en route to running away from No. 4-seed Purdue, 71-51, in the first Big Ten tourney semifinal Saturday at the United Center. Get senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win. Top star: Bronson Koenig was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high and career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He drained three 3-pointers, as the Badgers had four players in double-figures.

Photo: Jim Harbaugh sends recruit 'prom proposal' picture

I usually don't tweet things like this, so forgive me but this is just really too funny not to! haha #ImDone — Boss Tagaloa (@_BT75) March 14, 2015 Spring is here, and that means high school students are busy coming up with creative ways to ask classmates to prom. It’s also a time for college coaches to make a good impression on future recruits. New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh knows this, so much so that he copied a recruit’s prom proposal sign and turned it into a fun recruiting tool. The recruit is Boss Tagaloa, a four-star defensive tackle

Michigan women clinch Big Ten gymnastics championship

Coming back to Ann Arbor with a trophy, but the one we really want is given out next Saturday. #GoBlue — Michigan Gymnastics (@umichwgym) March 14, 2015 Michigan clinched the regular-season Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday after finishing with a 9-0 Big Ten record. The Wolverines placed first with 197.000 points in their Big Five meet against Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State and Rutgers en route to their second regular-season title and first since 2013. During the Big Five meet, Michigan was led by Nicole Artz and Sachi Sugiyama. Artz claimed the all-around title with a score of

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa student shines in the classroom, in the lab and on stage

Sraavya Undurty, a senior studying biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, has a unique attitude towards free time. “If there is too much sitting around and not doing anything, I get restless,” Undurty said. “I try to find another thing to occupy my time.” Accordingly, this Hawkeye from West Des Moines is involved in an impressive array of pursuits. Upon coming to the University of Iowa, she quickly made a good (if also somewhat unsettling) impression on her professors when she asked about working in the cardiovascular mechanics laboratory just weeks after starting school. She’s since worked at two

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Michigan State bests Ohio State

CHICAGO — Michigan State will get another shot at revenge vs. Maryland. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans beat rival Ohio State, 76-67, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday night to advance to the semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland, which swept the Spartans in the regular season. Get senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction Michigan State’s win below. Star player: Denzel Valentine came to play tonight, knocking down 23 points in the win for the No. 3 Spartans over No. 6 Ohio State. Valentine hit 9-of-14 shots (3-of-7 bombs) to go along with seven

Big Ten tourney Day 3 recap: Get a complete look at Friday’s games

It will be the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this after No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue all carded quarterfinal wins Friday. Catch up on all of Friday’s Big Ten tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Here are the final results: Wisconsin took down Michigan, 71-60, Purdue rallied past Penn State, 64-59, Maryland held off Indiana, 75-69, and Michigan State downed Ohio State, 76-67. Also, follow’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Maryland tops Indiana in Big Ten tourney debut

CHICAGO — No. 2-seed Maryland took down No. 7-seed Indiana, 75-69, in its Big Ten tourney debut Friday night at the United Center. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Terrapins, who have eight straight games, will play the Ohio State-Michigan State victor in the semifinals Saturday. Get senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Maryland’s win. Star player: Maryland’s Dez Wells was, well, Dez Wells, pouring in 22 points. Wells hit 7-of-14 shots (8-of-9 free throws) with six rebounds and two assists. The No. 2 Terrapins will move on to play the winner of

Video: Highlights from the first half of Indiana vs. Maryland

Well, that was some breathless action in the first half of the Indiana-Maryland Big Ten quarterfinal Friday night. The Hoosiers and Terrapins traded baskets throughout the half, with Eric Collins and Bill Raftery on the call for BTN. We clipped the top plays and have them in this post.