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Illinois holds off Colorado to win

Illinois has been doing it the hard way all season. Why change just because it’s the NCAA tournament? After letting a big first-half lead slip away Friday, senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson bailed out the Illini with consecutive 3-pointers with 6 minutes to play and No. 7 seed Illinois pulled out a tough 57-49 win over No. 10 Colorado in the second round of East Regional of the NCAA tournament. Catch up on all the tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard, and get links to stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES |

Reader mail: My NCAA tournament edition

It’s time to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing questions. Lots of good questions this week, as usual. Yes, spring football is heating up. But with March Madness here, hoops are on your mind. So, let’s start there. How much do you think Bill Carmody’s age (61 years old) may have been a factor in him being fired at Northwestern? – Fred Druler I don’t think it had anything to do with Northwestern opting to bid adieu to Carmody. It had everything to do with his 192-220 overall record at Northwestern and 70-150 Big Ten record in 13 seasons

Tom Izzo

Watch Big Ten press sessions from tourney

Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go continues as we bring your the press conferences leading up to ganmes as well as the sessions right after games. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences. A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below. As Big Ten teams advance, the programming schedule will be updated to reflect press conference airings and can be found at And our live scoreboards are over here. THURSDAY Time (ET) Event 1:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: INDIANA PRE-GAME 2:05 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN PRE-GAME 2:35 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE:

Dienhart: 64 reasons why the NCAA tourney is great

As if you needed any more reasons to celebrate the full-fledged start of the greatest spectacle in sports, here are 64 more—in no particular order—on why the NCAA Tournament is without peer. Why not 68? Because I don’t like the play-in games. [ RELATED: Dienhart’s 3 keys for every Big Ten team in NCAA tourney ] Let’s roll! 1. It’s not the BCS—or just a four-team playoff 2. True equal access for little guys like … 3. George Mason 4. VCU 5. Butler 6. Butler, again 7. Did I mention upsets? 8. Princeton over UCLA in 1996 9. Jim Valvano’s

Michigan State's "Hyper Elite" alternate

Let's see these NCAA games: IU-MSU, please

Technically, the NCAA tourney tipped off Tuesday night. But with a pair of Big Ten teams set to open the Big Dance on Thursday, it’s time to consider the best Big Ten NCAA matchups we may see in this year’s tourney. See my top 10 potential battles in this post. [ RELATED: View the NCAA tourney bracket (PDF) ] 1. Indiana vs. Michigan State When: National title game Why: Indiana swept the season series, however each game was terrific and came down to the wire, with the Hoosiers rallying in the last minute to win the second meeting in East

Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Dienhart: 3 keys for each Big Ten NCAA team

On the eve of the NCAA tournament, hope spring eternal for every team. Get hot, rip off six victories in a row, and you will be national champion. With seven teams in the field, the Big Ten has a good chance to see its first national championship since Michigan State won it all in 1999-2000. In fact, the Big Ten has four teams seeded among the top four in various regions: No. 1 Indiana; No. 2 Ohio State; No. 3 Michigan State; No. 4 Michigan. And Wisconsin is a No. 5 seed. No. 7 Illinois and No. 11 Minnesota also

Big Ten Geeks: Before the madness, a look back

As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards? Here’s our projected Big Ten records from November compared to the actual results: Team BTG Predicted W-L Actual W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 14-4 0 Ohio State 13-5 13-5 0 Michigan State 12-6 13-5 +1 Michigan 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 8-10 -3 Illinois 9-9

Joseph Bertrand

NCAA Preview: Can Illini get hot at right time?

Illinois is a tough team to read. On any given night, John Groce’s club is capable of beating any team, evidenced by signature wins over Butler, Gonzaga, Indiana and Ohio State. Then, on other nights, they look like they can lose to just about any team. Which Illinois team will show up when the tourney tips off? That’s the question. [ RELATED: Read all of’s NCAA coverage ] ILLINI’S NCAA HISTORY John Groce’s NCAA record 3-2 NCAA tourney appearances 30 Record 39-30 Final Fours 5 Titles 0 How far can it go? The No. 7 seed Fighting Illini could

Traevon Jackson

Seven important players to Big Ten's NCAA fate

Seven Big Ten teams made the NCAA tournament, and now it’s time to look at one key player from each team who could help fuel a tourney run. I’m not talking about the obvious stars, such as Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas or Cody Zeller, here. Instead, these are guys who either have struggled lately or have heated up down the stretch. D.J. Richardson, Illinois – The Illini shoot more than 3s than anyone, and Richardson averages seven attempts from distance per game. Problem is, in the last four games, he’s a 25 percent shooter from distance (7-of-28) – not to

Big Ten Geeks: On Buckeyes & NCAA Tourney

Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, the fourth time that Thad Matta’s team has taken home the crown. While the Buckeyes won largely on the strength of its defense—holding Wisconsin to under 0.8 points per possession—this Ohio State team has been offensively excellent over the back half of its Big Ten schedule: Offensive Efficiency 1st 9 Big Ten Games 1.01 2nd 9 Big Ten Games 1.07 We know the Buckeyes have a great defense, but the one-dimensional nature of this team limited its ceiling. But now that Ohio State is starting to score in bunches, it’s time