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Dienhart: 21 things I didn't expect in 2013-14

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Fran McCaffery On Making it to the Tourney

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post.

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Ahanmisi pours in 21, lifts Minnesota in NIT opener

(AP) Maverick Ahanmisi scored a career-high 21 points, and Minnesota moved on in the National Invitation Tournament with an 88-81 victory over High Point on Tuesday. Joey King had 14 points and seven rebounds, Mo Walker and Andre Hollins each pitched in 13 points and the Gophers (21-13), the top seed in their quadrant. They will host a second-round game against either Utah or St. Mary’s.

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Dienhart: Big Ten and NCAA tourney ... A-Z

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Jimmy King Joins #BTNLive

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The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance.

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Big Ten Geeks: How did Easy Bubble Solver do?

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On Sunday morning, with just a handful of games left to be played, we took a last look at the Easy Bubble Solver. As a reminder, the Easy Bubble Solver involves adding together the KenPom rank and RPI rank for every team, then ranking them in ascending order. It’s a way to get a feel for which teams are in the field without spending all the time necessary to scrutinize every team’s resume.

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