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Dienhart: Thursday was a success for the Big Ten

The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State’s elimination no surprise ] No. 2 Wisconsin destroyed No. 15 American. No. 4 Michigan State whipped

Big Ten Geeks: A Puzzling Season Ends for Iowa

In a fitting end to a frustrating season, Iowa lost yet another close game to a good team, this time to Tennessee in overtime. This one was a microcosm of the season, as the Hawkeyes started off great before things fell apart down the stretch. Iowa pushed the lead to double digits multiple times in the first half, thanks largely to some ice cold shooting by the Volunteers, who went 1-for-10 from three before the break. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes didn’t shoot all that much better, so a late Tennessee run cut the halftime deficit to a mere three points. After

Iowa falls to Tennessee in NCAA Tournament opener

Adam Woodbury scored a career-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee defeated Iowa 78-65 in overtime on Wednesday night in the NCAA’s First Four. The Volunteers late comeback sent them Raleigh, N.C., where they’ll play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee (22-12) didn’t lead until Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer put the Vols up 59-57 with 3:05 left regulation. There were five lead changes before the Vols’ Jordan McRae missed a jumper missed at the buzzer, leaving it tied at 64. Stokes’ three-point play was the key moment in his 18-point, 13-rebound performance. Iowa (21-13) managed only

Did you see this: Elvis as a Hawkeye fan

Many people refer to March Madness as being the best time of the year as that win-or-go-home attitude often brings out college basketball’s most passionate fans. We caught one of those fans at halftime of tonight’s Iowa vs. Tennessee NCAA Tournament game. During the break, an Iowa fan dressed up as Elvis showed up courtside and took photos with fans throughout the arena. The fan was decked out from head to toe in Elvis gear, which included a black jacket with the Hawkeye logo on it, made up of what looks like gold rhinestone. It turns out that the Elvis

B1G Recap: Penn State, Illinois win; Iowa falls

We had three Big Ten men’s hoops teams in postseason action on Wednesday night. Illinois kicked off the evening with a 66-62 come-from-behind victory over Boston University in the NIT. Penn State followed with a 69-65 win over Hampton in a first round CBI matchup. Iowa’s season came to an end after a 78-65 loss to Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Catch up on all the scores, stats and select in-game video highlights in this post. TENNESSEE 78, IOWA 65 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes opened overtime with a three-point play

Twitter: See tweets in support of #teampat

Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick, 13, underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning, and the coach said the surgery “went as planned.” After the surgery, McCaffery headed to Dayton, Ohio, for Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Twitter world showed incredible support for Patrick, to the point that #teampat was trending nationally, and here is a (large) sampling of some of our favorite tweets. [ MORE: Tennessee fan board shows support for #teampat ] McCaffery released this statement early Wednesday afternoon: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned. Doctors will continue tests in the coming

Fran McCaffery returns to Dayton after son's surgery

(AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says his son’s surgery to remove a thyroid tumor went as planned and he was flying back from Iowa City to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes in the NCAA tournament on Wednesday night. [ MORE: See the remarkable Twitter support for Patrick McCaffery ] McCaffery says his son Patrick, who turns 14 on Thursday, was in “good spirits” after the operation. Doctors will continue with tests in the coming days to determine further treatment. McCaffery flew with the Hawkeyes to Dayton on Monday to prepare for their First Four matchup with fellow No. 11 seed

Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tourney

College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Obama has Michigan State topping No. 13 Delaware, No. 12 Harvard, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Villanova on its way to the Final Four. In the national semis, he has the Spartans dropping No.

Dienhart: 21 things I didn't expect in 2013-14

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would

Dienhart: My Big Ten NCAA tourney predictions

With the regular season finished and the NCAA tournament upon us, experts from across the nation are offering their predictions. It’s a fun time, no doubt, and I decided to offer a few predictions of my own. Check out what I see when I look into my crystal ball in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Which teams will make it to the second weekend of the tourney? Without a doubt, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State should make plans to keep their suitcases packed. The No. 2 Wolverines will dump No. 15 Wofford and then