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Amazing moments: See these top tourney plays

If it’s highlights you’re looking for, the Big Ten tourney was the place to be. From Brandon Paul’s buzzer-beater in Thursday’s opening round to Keith Appling’s drive and posterizing dunk on Friday, there was no shortage of highlight-reel plays. Watch some of our favorite Big Ten tourney plays from the first three days in this post. SUNDAY’S FINAL Evan Ravenel finds Deshaun Thomas for reverse layup: Sam Thompson soars for dunk to open title game: SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS Adreian Payne elevates for putback: Sam Dekker turns Ryan Evans block into transition And-1: Victor Oladipo sets up Cody Zeller And-1 dunk: FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 2

Scouting matters. Have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t know your opponent, you’ll get sliced up. So credit Indiana for blowing up Illinois’ offense by stretching its defense well out to the perimeter in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. There was no space to breathe for Illinois’ shooters, and consequently just 6 of Illinois’ 27 field goal attempts were three-pointers in the first half. Now, it may not seem like a big deal to take the three-pointer away from a team shooting 29 percent on threes in conference play. And because no strategy comes

Quick hit: Spartans stood strong at the end

The Spartans had lots of chances to fold but never did. They came out sluggish and fell behind quickly, ending the first half trailing, 30-20. Wait, it got worse. With 10:55 left in the game, Iowa had pushed its lead to 12 points, 45-33. That’s when the Spartans went to work, chipping away and refusing to buckle. Then, finally, at the 4:11 mark, Gary Harris hit a 3-pointer to put MSU up, 50-49. The Spartans never trailed again, outscoring Iowa 22-11 over those final fateful 10:55. The loss ends any hopes Iowa had of earning an NCAA at-large bid. Instead,

Michigan State rallies, holds off Iowa

Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a rugged 59-56 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night. Keith Appling and Gary Harris had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (25-7), who trailed by 12 midway through the second half. They advance to play Ohio State in the next round in a rematch of last season’s tournament championship, won by Michigan State. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL: Michigan State trailed in

Twitter: What would Iowa fans do for win tonight?

Some feel that Iowa will be dancing if it can upset Michigan State in Friday’s fourth and final Big Ten tourney quarterfinal at the United Center. A lot of things can happen between now and Selection Sunday, though. Still, just for fun, I proposed this question to my Iowa Twitter followers: What would you do for a win tonight? Many of the answers, to no surprise, were quite comical. See some of the best and most appropriate tweets in this post. @BTNBrentYarina floss my teeth with jud heathcotes nose and ear hair — a. Bahls (@jonbonballs) March 16, 2013 Listen

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. That set the stage for the finish, which included a wild five-shot Illinois possession that ended with a D.J. Richardson three to tie the game. The Gophers then struggled under the pressure, nearly turning it over twice before Austin Hollins stepped on

Big Ten Dunk Bracket: Vote Round 3 winners

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. Editor’s Note: Results are determined by fan voting, not the actual Big Ten tournament. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament page ] No. 1 VICTOR OLADIPO vs. No. 12 D.J. NEWBILL Oladipo corrals

How fast do players run? See tourney box scores

On Thursday, BTN.com offered something new for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in the form of deeper live box scores provided by Stats LLC. Just check out this example from Thursday’s Illinois-Minnesota game. And we do it again today as well as for the rest of the weekend. The Stats’ SportVU Tracking System captures X/Y positioning coordinates of the players and the ball to deliver unique performance data by merging the in-depth tracking data with traditional play-by-play information. So what does that mean? The new in-game stats include: Speed & Distance: Distance Run (Dist.) is the total miles a player has run

Four top seeds advance to semifinals

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. Have you seen our amazing new live and in-depth tourney box scores? We track player speed, rebounding percentage, and secondary assists among other categories. Look back at every tourney game. Also tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), and Big Ten Geeks bloggers

Best of Day 1 at Big Ten tourney: Paul shines brightest

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. DAY 1 STARS 1. Brandon Paul, Illinois – 10-16, 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnovers. On a day where neither team could find the bottom of the bucket, Paul was one of the only players to have success in Illinois’ win over Minnesota. He accounted for 49 percent of