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Dienhart: Where will the NCAA road end for each Big Ten team?

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.

Audio: Big Ten hockey coaches tourney teleconference

On Tuesday, the six Big Ten men’s hockey coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Don’t forget that every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN (and BTN2Go) from Thursday through Saturday’s title game. All games are at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, and so does No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET

NCAA men's tourney at a glance: No. 11 seed Michigan

Michigan’s bubble didn’t burst. It is back in the Big Dance—barely—after a one-year absence with its lowest seed ever at No. 11. The Wolverines have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years under John Beilein, playing in the national championship game in 2013 and the regional finals in 2014 before missing the tourney last season. The fact Michigan has made it this far is impressive when you consider it played most of the season without its best player in Caris LeVert (foot), while gutty guard Spike Albrecht also was out with injury. Still, the Wolverines marched on and likely

Selection Sunday: Breaking down the Big Ten & the Bracket

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path? Here’s my look at the Big Ten and the overall bracket. We have a few days to look at the individual matchups, and we’ll do that, too. Seeded too high: No. 11 Michigan. Some folks are a bit surprised that the

How to watch 2016 Big Ten men's hockey tournament

Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, which claimed its third consecutive Big Ten crown in Saturday night’s win vs. Wisconsin, is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET on BTN (also available live on BTN2Go) #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Ohio State – 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN (also available

Minnesota win Big Ten crown, gets No. 1 seed in Big Ten hockey tourney

The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, with Big Ten Champion Minnesota collecting the top seed after earning its third consecutive Big Ten title. [ MORE: Here’s how to watch the Big Ten tourney on BTN/BTN2Go ] The Gophers clinched the outright conference crown and the No. 1 seed with a 4-1 win against Wisconsin on Saturday night. Minnesota led the conference with 42 points and a conference record of 14-6-0-0. Michigan enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a first-round bye along with Minnesota. The Wolverines finished

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: All-Saturday team

The 2016 Big Ten Tournament championship is set. Michigan State will take on Purdue Sunday afternoon with a conference title on the line. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] In order to get to that point, the Boilermakers took care of No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, while Michigan State held on to pull out a thrilling victory over Maryland in the later game. With two great games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances. BTN.com writers Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Saturday team from the semifinal round of the Big

Dienhart: A.J. Hammons, Purdue top Michigan, advance to Big Ten final

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue continues its push to it first Big Ten tourney title since 2009. And it can thank A.J. Hammons. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The big fella had 27 points and 11 boards, and when Michigan cut the Boilers’ lead to six midway through the second half, he was the guy who reasserted Purdue’s dominance. The Boilermakers will take on the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 3 Maryland game for the league title on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan may have done enough work in Indy to earn an at-large

Catch up on Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal games

And then there were two, and it will be No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan State in the 19th Big Ten tournament title game Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The fourth-seeded Boilermakers downed No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, to advance to their third Big Ten tourney final, while the second-seeded Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to move on to their second consecutive tourney title game. Purdue and Michigan State will face off at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the final game before Selection Sunday. Michigan State, the highest-remaining seed, advanced to last season’s

Settles: 3 under-the-radar players in Big Ten tourney semifinals

It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably