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Indiana tops Illinois, advances to semifinals

Mar 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) reaches for the ball in front of Illinois Fighting Illini forward Tyler Griffey (42) in the first half during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Oladipo Breaks the Press, Cuts for the Dunk

 Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The top-seeded Hoosiers (27-5) are off to a good start after claiming their first outright conference title in two decades and earning a first-round bye.

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Four top seeds advance to semifinals

Ohio State vs Nebraska

Aaron Craft Talks Tourney Win Over Nebraska

Tonight’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament finale was thriller as No. 3 seed Michigan State rallied and then held off No. 6 Iowa. In the night’s first game, Ohio State defeated Nebraska. Earlier today, top seed Indiana dispatched Illinois and Wisconsin beat Michigan, 68-59. Watch “The Big Ten Finale” right now on BTN/BTN2Go as we’ll recap all of the day’s action.

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Best of Day 1 at Big Ten tourney: Paul shines brightest

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Brandon Paul Sinks the Jumper and the Gophers

Thursday’s opening day of the Big Ten tourney featured a game-winning buzzer-beater (Illinois over Minnesota) and an upset (No. 10 Nebraska over No. 7 Purdue). Catch up on the best performances, numbers and highlights from the opening day of action at the United Center in this post.

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Quick hit: Breaking down Illinois' win

Illinois vs Minnesota

2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: Illinois vs. Minnesota

The Fighting Illini didn’t shoot well (32 percent) but forced 19 turnovers and had 21 points off of those turnovers. Early foul trouble for Minnesota big man Trevor Mbakwe helped Illinois, as the sixth-year senior had just eight points and played only 27 minutes. The Gophers have now lost three in a row but still appear to be a lock for the NCAA tourney.

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