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Dienhart: Purdue towers over Illinois, heads to semifinals

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA;Purdue Boilermakers guard P.J. Thompson (3) drives to the basket against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jaylon Tate (1) during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Highlights: Purdue pummels Illinois

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue drove 60 miles south to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney with big hopes, and the Boilermakers are off to a good start, pounding Illinois in its opener. It’s difficult to fathom that Purdue has played any better today at any other time this year. The Boilers were shooting well, which made the play of big men A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan even more effective.

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Tom's Take: Two tourney upsets make it a wild Day 2

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines  bench reacts during the closing seconds of their overtime game against the  Northwestern Wildcats during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Michigan win one of four Thursday thrillers

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If you like upsets, today was your day. No. 12 Illinois took down No. 5 Iowa, and No. 11 Nebraska topped No. 6 Wisconsin. What does it mean? For the first time since Michigan and Illinois did it in 1999, two double-digit seeds will play in the quarterfinals. Here’s a complete look at the day’s action.

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Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: All-Thursday team

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Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action.

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Great eight: Big Ten men's tourney quarterfinals are set

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers Shavon Shields (31) drives to the basket against Wisconsin Badgers guard Zak Showalter (3) during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Nebraska's Shields helps stun Wisconsin

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is over and two teams pulled off upsets. No. 11 seed Nebraska stunned No. 6 seed Wisconsin, 70-58 while No. 12 seed Illinois knocked off  No. 5 seed Iowa 68-66. Also earlier, No. 7 seed Ohio State beat No. 10 seed Penn State 79-75, and No. 8 seed Michigan survived in overtime against No. 9 seed Northwestern, 72-70. Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page for a running account of the tourney.

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