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NCAA tourney preview: No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Miami

This has been a trying season for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Youth and injury have been major obstacles to this team being able to gain consistent traction. Still, whenever you have Izzo on your sideline, you have to like your team’s chances for success in March.

Best of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament

Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.

Dienhart: A look at the 2017 NCAA tournament field

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000.

Seven Big Ten teams make 2017 NCAA tournament

Seven Big Ten teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Purdue headlines the conference as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, while Big Ten tourney champion Michigan is the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region.

Game 8 recap: Minnesota tops Michigan State to advance to semis

Minnesota held off Michigan State, 63-58, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday afternoon. The Golden Gophers will play Michigan in the semifinals at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. Get Tom Dienhart's best from Minnesota's win inside.

Game 4 recap: Freshmen help Michigan State rout Penn State

Michigan State arrived in Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tourney meaning business after an inconsistent regular season. And the No. 5 Spartans delivered with a workmanlike defeat of No. 13 Penn State, drilling the Nittany Lions 78-51.

Competitive 2016-2017 season drives 11% ratings increase over previous year

After an extraordinarily competitive 2016-2017 season, BTN’s men’s basketball live game coverage drew an 11% increase in overall household delivery over last season, fueled by a 22% growth in Super Wednesday doubleheaders*. 52 conference games were decided either in the final minute or overtime, and 31 of those were featured on BTN, including 10 of the 12 overtime contests. Additionally, BTN saw six of the top 10 conference games in network history take place during the 2016-2017 season. Along with the Maryland at Minnesota game on Jan. 28 that set the record, Minnesota at Wisconsin (March 5), Michigan State at