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Badgers, Gophers to square off in women's Frozen Four on Friday

Friday brings a renewal to the rivalry between the Wisconsin and Minnesota women’s hockey teams as the Badgers (29-6-4) meet Minnesota (32-3-4) in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. The game is in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. Last week the Gophers advanced with a 6-2 win over RIT while the Badgers dominated Boston University 5-1. Find video highlights in this post. This is the second straight season the Badgers and Gophers meet in the Frozen Four; Minnesota beat Wisconsin 5-3 last year. This season Minnesota went 3-0-1 against Wisconsin. The winner advances to Sunday and plays the winner of Harvard-Boston College. Here’s

NCAA tournament capsule: Michigan State Spartans, No. 7 East

Michigan State is back in the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight season, tying the Big Ten record (Indiana, 1986-2003). Tom Izzo and the Spartans, the No. 7 seed in the East, draw No. 10 Georgia in their opening game Friday. Get my Michigan State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 10 Georgia, Friday, Charlotte Tom Izzo NCAA record: 42-16. Won national title in 2000; reached Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to eventual national champ UConn in regional final Best-case scenario: Final Four. The Spartans arrive on

We're going dancing - BTN's NCAA Tournament coverage

BTN is going dancing with the seven Big Ten teams headed to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by providing highlights and analysis on nightly airings of BTN Basketball & Beyond.

Photo: Frank Kaminsky featured on this week's Sports Illustrated cover

This week's cover: @BadgerMBB's Frank the Tank http://t.co/qt6HgDaeTj pic.twitter.com/avdIYDgiqx — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2015 Add Sports Illustrated cover boy to Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky’s growing list of recent accolades. [ MORE: Read our Frank Kaminksy feature ] Kaminsky, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is featured on the cover of this week’s March Madness-centric edition. The photo features Kaminksy, standing in snow, with a tank behind him, a play on his “Frank the Tank” nickname. Wisconsin, the Big Ten regular season and postseason champ, earned its first No. 1 seed

NCAA tournament capsule: Iowa Hawkeyes, No. 7 South

For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to

Big Ten links: NCAA bracket talk, spring player rankings & more

Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as

How to watch the Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament live on BTN/BTN2Go

Beginning Thursday and running through Saturday, all games of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament air live on BTN TV and BTN2Go from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The postseason honors came out Monday afternoon. Below are the BTN2Go links for all five tournament games. Not familiar with BTN2Go? Now’s a great time to learn. It’s free and it’s very handy. BTN2Go is the digital extension of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. Learn more about BTN2Go and the get our free iOs and