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The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day.
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State).
Denzel Valentine’s incredible senior season came to an end yesterday in a stunning loss to Middle Tennessee State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
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This is why they call it March Madness, ladies and gentlemen. The mighty Michigan State Spartans have fallen to Middle Tennessee State, 90-81, in an epic No. 15 seed over No. 2 seed upset that will go down as one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tourney history.
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There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.
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From the opening tip of the first game to the confetti cannon at the title game, “The Journey” shows you all of the ups and downs of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Wednesday night’s season finale at 8 p.m. ET. In the clip above, you’ll see Purdue’s anguish at losing the tourney title game as well as Michigan State’s elation over winning it.