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Big Ten men's basketball tourney bracket released

The Big Ten released the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night following a wild final day of action. The tournament tips at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in tournament history and the first time since 2009, finishing the conference slate with a 13-5 record. No. 2 Michigan (13-5), No. 3 Ohio State (13-5) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-6) also earned first-round byes. See the official bracket in this post.

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Michigan, MSU, Ohio State share Big Ten crown

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Ohio State at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Highlights

The Big Ten men’s hoops season finishes with a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings, this after 16 Michigan held off Penn State (recap) and No. 11 Ohio State upset No. 5 Michigan State (recap) on Sunday, giving Michigan and Ohio State a piece of the crown that Michigan State was trying to win outright. In other action, No. 20 Indiana swept Purdue (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin put away Illinois (recap). Catch up on all four games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.

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Counting 'em down: Week's top plays

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Gus Johnson: Verdell Jones to Cody Zeller

The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.

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Dienhart: On Stars, Coaches & Tourney Chances

Draymond Green for Big Ten MVP? It’s an easy pick, says Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Who can argue with that? Green is the only player in the Big Ten who is averaging a double-double. And his leadership is unmatched, as he has led the Spartans to at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh league championship. Is there any way Michigan State will lose at home to Ohio State on Senior Day on Sunday? I will be shocked if it happens. Read more of my newsy links for Friday. And remember? I do this every weekday.

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Michigan drops Illinois in Champaign

Michigan Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan and Illinois Fighting Illini forward Tyler Griffey

Michigan at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help keep No. 13 Michigan in the Big Ten title race with a 72-61 win over Illinois on Thursday night. Trey Burke added 21 points for Michigan (22-8, 12-5), which led throughout. Illinois (17-13, 6-11) closed to within 40-39 with just over 15 minutes left. But the Illini missed three chances to tie the game or take a lead.

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Dienhart's Links: Thursday Edition

I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today.

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