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Three Takes: Jess Settles on Nigel Hayes, MSU's swagger & NBA decisions

CHICAGO — Before the ball goes up in the Big Ten tournament final Sunday afternoon at the United Center, it’s time to share my latest “Three Takes.” [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] This week, I discuss Nigel Hayes, the Badgers’ X-factor, Michigan State appearing to have reclaimed its swagger and looming NBA decisions for talented Big Ten players. 1. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin always seeking perfection Wisconsin super sophomore Nigel Hayes was not happy with his team’s performance. Following a competitive win against gutsy, yet undermanned, Michigan in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament,

Big Ten tourney semifinals recap: Get a complete look at Saturday’s games

The Big Ten tourney final is set, and it will be No. 3-seed Michigan State vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin. Catch up on both of today’s Big Ten tournament semifinals on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Both teams rallied in semifinal action to advance to Sunday’s final, with the Badgers erasing a five-point deficit en route to running away from Purdue, 71-51, and the Spartans rallying for a 16-point hole to down No. 2-seed Maryland, 62-58. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina

See our top individual stars from Day 4 of Big Ten tournament

CHICAGO — Another day, another opportunity to highlight the best individual performances at the Big Ten tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Saturday’s semifinals saw several impressive efforts, as both No. 1-seed Wisconsin and No. 3-seed Michigan State rallied for victories to advance to the finals Sunday afternoon. See our All-Saturday tourney team below. Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin. This guy was on fire for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three triples. He paced four Badgers in double figures and was equally deadly shooting from long range or driving the hoop. Nigel

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Spartans weather storm, top Terrapins

CHICAGO — It didn’t look good early, but Michigan State rallied from a 16-point deficit to dispatch Maryland, 62-58, in the second Big Ten tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The third-seeded Spartans, who were swept by No. 2-seed Maryland in the regular season, advance to the Big Ten tourney finals vs. No. 1-seed Wisconsin on Sunday. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan State’s win below. Top star: Michigan State’s Travis Trice was the catalyst, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He hit three 3-pointers and had

Video: Michigan State's Marvin Clark Jr. rises for jaw-dropping dunk

Marvin Clark Jr. introduced himself to the college basketball world Saturday in the Big Ten tourney semifinals. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Michigan State freshman slammed down a powerful left-handed dunk during a 15-0 run vs. Maryland that was up there with any slam we’ve seen at the United Center. Clark, a reserve who’s averaging 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11 minutes, has had a few highlights in his first season. But none were as impressive as this one. “He’s dunking like he’s upset,” CBS color commentator Grant Hill said during the telecast.

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Michigan State bests Ohio State

CHICAGO — Michigan State will get another shot at revenge vs. Maryland. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans beat rival Ohio State, 76-67, in the Big Ten quarterfinals Friday night to advance to the semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland, which swept the Spartans in the regular season. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction Michigan State’s win below. Star player: Denzel Valentine came to play tonight, knocking down 23 points in the win for the No. 3 Spartans over No. 6 Ohio State. Valentine hit 9-of-14 shots (3-of-7 bombs) to go along with seven

Big Ten tourney Day 3 recap: Get a complete look at Friday’s games

It will be the top four seeds in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this after No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue all carded quarterfinal wins Friday. Catch up on all of Friday’s Big Ten tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Here are the final results: Wisconsin took down Michigan, 71-60, Purdue rallied past Penn State, 64-59, Maryland held off Indiana, 75-69, and Michigan State downed Ohio State, 76-67. Also, follow BTN.com’s team on Twitter, including Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)