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Michigan drills VCU, 78-53, advances to Sweet 16

Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through VCU’s vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU, and although Michigan (28-7) committed 12 turnovers, the Rams couldn’t turn many of them into quick scoring opportunities. McGary, a 6-foot-10 freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding. VCU had no answer for him around the basket, and when the Rams couldn’t create easy baskets with their pressure,

Mar 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) moves the ball on South Dakota State Jackrabbits forward Tony Fiegen (34) in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Quick hit: Burke struggles but Michigan wins

The matchup between Trey Burke and South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters was much hyped but it  didn’t pan out, as both players struggled. Burke missed his first eight shots and didn’t sink his first bucket until the 12:46 mark of the second half. The sophomore hit just 2-of-12 shots and finished with a season-low six points, failing to reach double-figures for the first time this season. Still, No. 4 seed Michigan handled No. 13 seed South Dakota State, 71-56. Still Burke found a way to impact as a distributor (seven assists) on a rough night that at one point

Wolverines move on with 71-56 tourney win

Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Trey Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament victory over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night. Burke made only two field goals and left the game briefly in the second half after a hard fall under the basket. The star point guard came back after that, but he finished with only six points. Burke was held in single digits for the first time all season. See the full box score here. Catch up on all the tourney action

Photos: Spartans, Wolverines practice

We’ll be posting photo galleries throughout the NCAA Men’s Tournament for all of our teams. Here’s a look at rivals Michigan and Michigan State practicing ahead of both of their opening games. [ NCAA tourney: Scores | March Madness posts | BTN.com bracket |  NCAA.com bracket | Photos ] ***

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Watch Big Ten press sessions from tourney

Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go continues as we bring your the press conferences leading up to ganmes as well as the sessions right after games. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences. A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below. As Big Ten teams advance, the programming schedule will be updated to reflect press conference airings and can be found at BTN.com/Shows. And our live scoreboards are over here. THURSDAY Time (ET) Event 1:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: INDIANA PRE-GAME 2:05 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN PRE-GAME 2:35 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE:

Dienhart: 64 reasons why the NCAA tourney is great

As if you needed any more reasons to celebrate the full-fledged start of the greatest spectacle in sports, here are 64 more—in no particular order—on why the NCAA Tournament is without peer. Why not 68? Because I don’t like the play-in games. [ RELATED: Dienhart’s 3 keys for every Big Ten team in NCAA tourney ] Let’s roll! 1. It’s not the BCS—or just a four-team playoff 2. True equal access for little guys like … 3. George Mason 4. VCU 5. Butler 6. Butler, again 7. Did I mention upsets? 8. Princeton over UCLA in 1996 9. Jim Valvano’s

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Let's see these NCAA games: IU-MSU, please

Technically, the NCAA tourney tipped off Tuesday night. But with a pair of Big Ten teams set to open the Big Dance on Thursday, it’s time to consider the best Big Ten NCAA matchups we may see in this year’s tourney. See my top 10 potential battles in this post. [ RELATED: View the NCAA tourney bracket (PDF) ] 1. Indiana vs. Michigan State When: National title game Why: Indiana swept the season series, however each game was terrific and came down to the wire, with the Hoosiers rallying in the last minute to win the second meeting in East

Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Dienhart: 3 keys for each Big Ten NCAA team

On the eve of the NCAA tournament, hope spring eternal for every team. Get hot, rip off six victories in a row, and you will be national champion. With seven teams in the field, the Big Ten has a good chance to see its first national championship since Michigan State won it all in 1999-2000. In fact, the Big Ten has four teams seeded among the top four in various regions: No. 1 Indiana; No. 2 Ohio State; No. 3 Michigan State; No. 4 Michigan. And Wisconsin is a No. 5 seed. No. 7 Illinois and No. 11 Minnesota also

Big Ten Geeks: Before the madness, a look back

As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards? Here’s our projected Big Ten records from November compared to the actual results: Team BTG Predicted W-L Actual W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 14-4 0 Ohio State 13-5 13-5 0 Michigan State 12-6 13-5 +1 Michigan 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 8-10 -3 Illinois 9-9

Wisconsin vs. Michigan

NCAA Preview: Wolverines need to lock in

This team has a legit shot to advance to the Final Four and cut down the nets. It also has a shot to get dumped in its second game by the winner of the No. 5 VCU-No. 12 Akron game. Get by the first two games—including the opener vs. No. 13 South Dakota State–and No. 1 Kansas may be lurking in the Sweet 16 of this tough South Region. [ RELATED: Read all of BTN.com’s NCAA coverage ] WOLVERINES’ NCAA HISTORY John Beilein’s NCAA record 8-7 NCAA tourney appearances 24 Record 43-22 Final Fours 6 Titles 1989 How far can