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Polls: Who wins Big Ten Round of 64 games?

The NCAA tournament gets into full swing Thursday. Iowa lost Wednesday night in the “First Four,” and now it’s time for Round 2 action. Before any of the Big Ten teams tip off today, vote for all of your Round of 64 Big Ten winners in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] MIDWEST REGION: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford – 7:10 p.m. ET, Thursday, CBS (AP) John Beilein insists he couldn’t care less about Michigan’s seed in the NCAA tournament. Even when it’s the highest of his coaching career. “I’ve never seen so

Big Ten Geeks: A Preview of Iowa vs. Tennessee

While I will always associate the initial Thursday and Friday games of the NCAA tournament with the term “first round,” the NCAA tournament’s first round officially will be played tonight and tomorrow in the form of the play-in games. On Wednesday night, a Big Ten representative will look to advance from Dayton, as Iowa takes on Tennessee in a battle to become the Midwest Region’s 11-seed. Before we look at the specifics of that matchup, I’d like to rant for a moment about Iowa’s selection to the First Four. I’d argue that, if any Big Ten team were going to

Dienhart: Big Ten and NCAA tourney ... A-Z

The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] A is for Adreian Payne. The Michigan State big fella needs to play like a lottery pick if the Spartans want to cut down the nets. Few players possess his combination of inside-outside

Fran McCaffery juggles coach, father duties

Fran McCaffery has a lot more on his mind than Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Hawkeyes open the NCAA tourney Wednesday night vs. Tennessee, but, in the hours leading up to tip, McCaffery will have traveled to Dayton, Ohio, back to Iowa City, and to Dayton again. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Sometimes, father duties call, and that’s exactly the case for McCaffery, whose son, Patrick, 13, is having surgery Wednesday to remove a thyroid tumor, just hours before Iowa’s first-round game. McCaffery, however, has worked out a schedule to allow himself to

#BTNLive asks: Who makes longest NCAA tourney run?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team advances the furthest in the NCAA tourney? Log into Twitter and select your choice below, then tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNUM, #BTNUW, #BTNMSU, #BTNOSU, #BTNNEB and #BTNIowa.

Dienhart: My Big Ten NCAA pressure gauge

March is when schools and coaches earn their reputations. The stakes are high, the chips are down and the pressure is on. Which Big Ten teams are feeling the most urgency to deliver big results in March? Glad you asked. My March Pressure GAUGE will tell us. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] MICHIGAN STATE The Spartans weren’t just hailed as the best team in the Big Ten in the preseason. They were hailed as one of the best in the nation. Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the AP preseason poll. And with Gary

Big Ten Geeks: How did Easy Bubble Solver do?

On Sunday morning, with just a handful of games left to be played, we took a last look at the Easy Bubble Solver. As a reminder, the Easy Bubble Solver involves adding together the KenPom rank and RPI rank for every team, then ranking them in ascending order. It’s a way to get a feel for which teams are in the field without spending all the time necessary to scrutinize every team’s resume. So, how did the Easy Bubble Solver do? The following table shows where the Easy Bubble Solver sat after Sunday’s games. There’s not much difference between this

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Congrats to Coach Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans for winning the Big Ten tournament! IU Soul Revue will spend their spring break working with students in Memphis, Tenn. What is it like to be an international student at Ohio State? A new student documentary explores the topic. The Wisconsin Energy Institute published a unique look back at the impact they made in 2013. Penn State’s Centre Stage will make their international debut performance in June. The Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital recently $2 million to create a new therapeutics fellowship program. Finally, did you catch our exclusive interview

Video: Watch your B1G coach talk about NCAA tourney

The NCAA tourney bracket was released Sunday night, and six Big Ten teams made the field. Hear what Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Nebraska’s Tim Miles, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan think about their team’s draw. Watch the interviews in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] Iowa’s Fran McCaffery: VIDEO: Fran McCaffery gives his thoughts on @IowaHoops' first NCAA berth since 2006. WATCH our interview – http://t.co/HrQSEaXuoT — Iowa on BTN (@BTN_Iowa) March 17, 2014 Michigan’s John Beilein: VIDEO: John Beilein joins our set to talk about

Dienhart: Scouting B1G in NCAA tourney

Get out your pencil: The NCAA bracket has been announced. Six Big Ten teams earned bids: Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 2 seeds; Michigan State is a No. 4; Ohio State is a No. 6; Iowa and Nebraska are No. 11 seeds, though the Hawkeyes have to participate in a play-in game. Here is a look around the bracket from a Big Ten perspective, as the conference begins its quest for its first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the crown in 1999-2000. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] Opening matchups: No. 2 Michigan