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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team

With Wisconsin’s heartbreaking national semifinal loss to Kentucky late Saturday night, the Big Ten’s 2013-14 hoops season is officially complete. It was a great season, one that saw three Big Ten teams make the Elite Eight. Now, it’s time for my All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team. [ MORE: Video: Wisconsin reacts to Final Four loss ] Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Yes, his NCAA tournament began and ended with a whimper, as he scored eight points vs. American in the opener and eight vs. Kentucky in the Final Four. But in between, the 7-0 junior was dominating in scoring 19 vs. Oregon,

Merriman: Top 10 B1G performances in the NCAA Tourney

Wisconsin’s season came to a close after a heartbreaking 74-73 loss to Kentucky in Saturday’s national semifinal matchup. The Badgers were the last team standing from the Big Ten, capping what was a memorable 2013-14 season for the conference. As a whole, Big Ten teams finished the NCAA Tournament with a combined record of 10-6. In those 16 games, there were plenty of standout individual performances. Here is a look at the 10 best individual performances from Big Ten teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: Dienhart: My all-Big Ten NCAA Tourney team ] 10. Frank Kaminsky vs. Oregon.

Aaron Craft, Jordan Morgan honored for NABC Team

With Michigan’s Jordan Morgan and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, the Big Ten forms 40 percent of the Division I NABC Allstate Good Works Team. The team, in its second year, is the preeminent community service honor that recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others. Craft, Morgan and the other men’s honorees were recognized Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, the site of the Final Four. Wish we were here for different reasons, but can't deny this electric atmosphere in AT&T Stadium! — Aaron Craft (@ACraft4) April 6, 2014 On

Stadium Journey ranks Crisler top Big Ten arena

The website recently released a list, ranking the best college basketball arenas across the nation. The rankings are based on several categories, which include: food and beverage in the arena, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras. [ MORE: Best sights and sounds from Final Four Media Day ] The highest-ranked Big Ten arena on the list is Michigan’s Crisler Center, which comes in at No. 7 overall. “It wasn’t

On this day: Michigan won 1989 NCAA crown

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 NCAA men’s basketball title. It was on April 3, 1989, that Rumeal Robinson hit those two memorable free throws to help Michigan outlast Seton Hall, 80-79, in overtime of the NCAA final. It was an amazing run for the Wolverines, who claimed their first crown despite having “Michigan Man” Steve Fisher take over as head coach days before the tourney following Bill Freider’s decision to accept the Arizona State post. Twenty-five years later, it’s time to celebrate the silver anniversary of the 1989 Michigan title. Remember this SI cover, Michigan fans? Of

Merriman: Ranking Big Ten's McDonald's All-Americans

The 37th annual McDonald’s High School All-American game is set to take place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET at the United Center. The game will feature three future Big Ten players in James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland), all of who will play for the East Team. The McDonald’s All-American game is known as being the most prestigious high school all-star game around, bringing together the top prep players in the nation for one night of exciting hoops action. There is a long list of former Big Ten standouts who have participated in this

Vote for the best BTN Big 10K race shirt

There’s still time to enter the BTN Big 10K event in Chicago on Saturday, July 26. You can do that right here. Here’s what else you can do: Vote for your favorite BTN Big 10K school-themed race shirt. When you sign up, you can choose a unique, school-specific technical T-shirt inspired by the football jerseys of your favorite Big Ten team. Use the poll below to vote for your favorite look. We’re determining votes by hashtag. If you use a hashtag on Twitter or post any of the 14 hashtags on the BTN Big 10K Facebook page, we’ll count that

Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles. Wisconsin is the 10th to make it, trying to end the Big Ten’s 14-year drought. The No. 2 seeded Badgers will take on No. 8 Kentucky in a national semifinal game on Saturday. Here’s a ranking at the Big Ten’s Final Four squads since

Nik Stauskas named to AP All-America second team

Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas was named to the AP All-America second team Monday. The Michigan sharpshooter shot 47 percent and averaged 17.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists en route to leading Michigan to its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 and the Elite Eight. Stauskas, the lone Big Ten player on the three teams, is the second Wolverine in as many seasons to earn AP All-America honors, joining 2013 first-teamer Trey Burke. Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne each earned honorable mention honors. FIRST TEAM Doug McDermott, Creighton Jabari Parker, Duke Russ Smith,

Big Ten Geeks: Left Hanging

America’s High Five was locked out of the Final Four, as both Michigan State and Michigan fell in the Elite 8. And while each team lost for very different reasons, it was peculiar that both games came down to the other team scoring three points after the defense forced a contested heave from 23 feet. In Michigan State’s case, those three points came at the foul line after Keith Appling committed the cardinal sin of fouling a three-point shooter. It was a nightmare game for Appling, who recorded a mere 2 points to go along with 4 turnovers and 5