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Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 1

The tournament opener between Illinois and Minnesota didn’t offer much in the way of aesthetically pleasing play, but a buzzer beater has a way of upping the entertainment value. The Gophers turned it over on a season-worst 35 percent of their possessions, allowing the Illini to stay in the game dispute big Minnesota advantages in every other category.

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Big Ten Dunk Bracket: Vote Round 3 winners

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Offensive Rebound Dunk by Oladipo

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The votes are in, and BTN.com’s 2012-13 Dunk of the Year bracket has reached the semifinals. The bracket opened with one dunk from every Big Ten team, which fans decided via polls, and it was seeded in accordance with the Big Ten tourney. Now, it’s time figure out who’s headed to the Big Ten finals. Vote for each semifinal matchup in this post.

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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: Iowa playing with a mission

Iowa vs. Northwestern

2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: Iowa vs. Northwestern

This was no shock, as Iowa was expected to take care of business vs. the Wildcats. And, it did with efficiency. The Hawkeyes overwhelmed an undermanned Northwestern team with a balanced attack. This is a team on a mission, as Iowa fights for its first NCAA bid since 2006.  The Hawkeyes have won three in a row and four of five.

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