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Which B1G team impressed most in Friday's semis?

We had plenty of outstanding performances in Friday’s Big Ten Tournament action. Michigan notched a win over Illinois on a game-winning shot. Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Nebraska. And both Wisconsin and Michigan State looked outstanding in blowout wins over Minnesota and Northwestern, respectively. So, we ask: Which Big Ten team had the most impressive performance on Friday? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman debate that question here. [ MORE: Get Merriman’s Best of Day 2 at the Big Ten tourney ] Merriman: I’m going with Michigan State, simply because

B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 2

Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We had close games, blowout games and some incredible individual performances. Either way, it sets up what should be two outstanding semifinals Saturday, with Michigan vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: No. 5 Ohio State beating No. 4 Nebraska, 71-67. The Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten tourney champs, trailed by

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State runs by Northwestern

As expected, Michigan State had little trouble bumping Northwestern from the Big Ten tournament in Friday’s final quarterfinal. The Wildcats did manage to hang around for a bit early – the game was tied after eight minutes of action – but the remainder of the first half was all Spartans. Michigan State raced out to an 18-point halftime lead, and the outcome was never in doubt. Gary Harris played a very nice all-around game, as he finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals, and no turnovers. Oh, and he did this too: VIDEO: You'll want to

Dienhart: Dawson, Spartans look ready for March

Healthy again, Michigan State toppled Northwestern, 67-51, on Friday night in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals. The win marked the third-seeded Spartans’ third win over the Wildcats this season. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to the game in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: With less than two minutes left in the first half, Travis Trice made a nice pass to Matt Costello, who finished with authority to give Michigan State a 35-20 edge. Then, after a Northwestern turnover, Denzel Valentine made a behind-the-back dish

Michigan State topples Northwestern, 67-51

(AP) Branden Dawson had 16 points and Gary Harris added 13 points to lead No. 22 Michigan State to a 67-51 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday night. The third-seeded Spartans (24-7), who lost 3 of 4 games heading into the contest, will face No. 12 Wisconsin in one semifinal on Saturday. Drew Crawford scored 21 points and Alex Olah finished with 10 for the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-19), who lost to the Spartans in the league tournament for the fourth time. Michigan State went on a 13-3 spurt in the first half and then extended the

Video: You'll want to see this Gary Harris highlight

It’s not often that a layup gets the attention of the basketball community, but that’s just what Gary Harris did with his crazy reverse layup in the second half of Friday night’s Big Ten tourney quarterfinal vs. Northwestern. Harris is no stranger to highlights in the Big Ten tourney, either. Remember this one from last year? Watch Harris’ latest impressive play in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Oh, wow! How nice was this Gary Harris @MSU_Basketball reverse layup? WATCH – http://t.co/DukS8IlG3P — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) March 15, 2014 Here’s a shot of Harris’ highlight:

Photo: Every B1G team has its own hot dog at tourney

You never know what you’re going to come across at the Big Ten Tournament. We have seen upset victories, buzzer-beater shots, and Big Ten style hot dogs… Yes, that’s right. On the main concourse at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Big Ten fans can purchase footlong hot dogs, made a certain way for all 12 Big Ten schools. Check it out: My personal favorite: The Wisconsin hot dog. Cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish. How good does that sound?

Four on the floor: Saturday's semifinals are set

The first two days of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are over, and Saturday’s semifinals are set. It’s No. 1 seed Michigan facing No. 5 seed Ohio State at 1:40 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 seed Wisconsin playing No. 3 seed Michigan State. Track all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. On Friday night, No. 3 seed Michigan State handled  No. 11 seed Northwestern after No. 2 seed Wisconsin beat No. 7 seed Minnesota, 83-57. Earlier, No. 4 seed Nebraska lost an 18-point lead in the second half as No. 5 seed Ohio State won 71-67. Before

Big Ten Geeks: An Easy Bubble Solver Update

We sit a mere two days from Selection Sunday, yet much is still to be determined in Indianapolis. Thursday’s quarterfinals saw Minnesota and Illinois keep hope alive. How much more do these teams, along with Nebraska, need to do to get into the Big Dance? As you could probably tell over the last couple weeks, we’re fans of the Easy Bubble Solver. It’s a quick, easy, and objective way to get a feel for who’s truly on the bubble and who isn’t. You simply add together each team’s KenPom rank and RPI rank, then sort them from smallest to largest.

Dienhart: Four quick thoughts for Day 2

Thursday’s action will be difficult to top, as every game had drama. Friday will try to live up to that billing with four interesting tilts. Here is one though on each game. [ MORE: Day 1 stars | Day 2 previews | Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] 1. No. 1 Michigan just may have a shot at a top seed in the NCAA tourney with Villanova losing early in the Big East tourney. It would be hard to ignore the Wolverines being regular-season and tourney champs in a very strong Big Ten. But Michigan must be