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Big Ten Geeks: Weekend at Tourney's

When the dust settled on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten had four teams standing in the Sweet Sixteen. Here are some scattered thoughts on the action, bullet-point style: Wisconsin lost exactly the way I said it would—by going cold from long range. This is a perimeter-oriented team that does not shoot all that well from the perimeter, and that means that it’s bound to go ice cold at least once every few games. Unfortunately, that came in the very first round of the Tournament. I know Marshall Henderson is outspoken and scored a lot of

Aaron Craft & Lenzelle Smith Jr.

Where does Big Ten start rank in NCAA history?

With a 10-3 record and four teams advancing to the Sweet 16, how did the Big Ten’s start to the NCAA tourney compare to the best in NCAA history? That’s a great question, and BTN.com turned to its resident statistician, Chris Antonacci, for the answer. See the numbers in this post. Before we get to the numbers, consider this: The Big Ten was one win away from tying the NCAA records – both held by the Big East in 2009 – for most wins in the Rounds of 64 and 32 (11) and most Sweet 16 teams (5). Big Ten,

Andre Hollins

Florida holds off Minnesota, 78-64

Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional. The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the No. 11-seed Gophers (21-13). [ BOX | AP RECAP | NCAA BRACKET |

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tough to top Big Ten's start to NCAA tourney

Yes, I realize Sunday features four games involving Big Ten teams. And yes, I realize the Big Ten could go 0-4. It isn’t likely, but it could happen. Regardless, it’s impossible to ignore what the Big Ten has done through the first three days of the Big Dance. In a tournament loaded with upsets (No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast over No. 2 Georgetown & No. 14 Harvard over No. 3 New Mexico, among others) and near-historical close calls (No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky & No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Southern), the Big Ten’s 8-1 start is

Minnesota vs UCLA

Quick hit: Gophers turn it around

The Gophers often found easy access to the rim, hitting 50 percent of their shots. And Minnesota was on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 9-of-16 (56 percent). No doubt, UCLA missed injured star freshman Jordan Adams, as the Bruins had a short rotation. Still, Minnesota deserves credit. This was an inspired effort by the Golden Gophers, who entered the game riding a three-game losing skein and losers of seven of the last 10 games. No matter, Minnesota lives to fight another day, as Tubby Smith notches his first NCAA win as Gophers coach after two one-and-down trips—2010 loss to

Gophers rise up, knock off UCLA

Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a game that could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s last in college and coach Ben Howland’s final one leading the program. Austin Hollins scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12), who advanced to Sunday’s third round against No. 3 seed Florida in the South Regional. The Gophers eased some pressure on coach Tubby Smith by giving him his first NCAA tournament win in six seasons. Catch up on all the tourney action on our Big Ten scoreboard, and

Tom Izzo

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

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