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Big Ten Geeks: Defense on Day One

Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s team came up with the ball just three times.

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Dienhart: Thursday was a success for the Big Ten

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Wisconsin vs. American - 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis

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.

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Payne leads MSU past Delaware in Tourney opener

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Tom Izzo Interview - 2014 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship

Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points as Michigan State cruised to an impressive 93-78 win over Delaware in an NCAA Tournament opener. Travis Trice added 19 points off the bench for the Spartans, who will advance to play Harvard in the third round of the East Regional on Saturday.

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#BTNLive poll: Vote for the best coaching duo

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 football and basketball head coaching duo is the best?

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Dienhart: Many choose Spartans, but I like Badgers

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Bo Ryan On Making it to the Tourney

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It’s official: America has fallen in love with Michigan State. It’s mad-crazy tattoo-her-name-on-your-chest love that has mushroomed in a flash, going from 7th-grade crush to full-grown infatuation/borderline stalking.

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