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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 2

Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We had close games, blowout games and some incredible individual performances. Either way, it sets up what should be two outstanding semifinals Saturday, with Michigan vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Two of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: No. 5 Ohio State beating No. 4 Nebraska, 71-67. The Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten tourney champs, trailed by

Dienhart: Ben Brust was the man on this night

No. 2 seed Wisconsin delivered a significant blow to No. 7 seed Minnesota’s NCAA tourney hopes in an 83-57 victory over the Gophers on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tourney. Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points to lead Wisconsin to the semifinal. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Wisconsin’s win in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: It seemed innocuous at the time, but it was a telling layup by Nigel Hayes with 5:37 left in the game. The bucket increased

Big Ten Geeks: Wisconsin pummels Minnesota

There are some that read way too much into the first occurrence of something. Like the hubbub made over the choice of an opening day pitcher, or the superstition that you can tell how a season will go by the first play. We Geeks pride ourselves in believing no such thing. We value large sample sizes over the random outcome of a single event. On this night, perhaps Wisconsin’s first bucket of the game was a harbinger of things to come. VIDEO: Just call him Sam "Dr. J" Dekker after this @BadgerMBB drive to the bucket. WATCH – http://t.co/EDn7sDn7AQ —

No. 2 Wisconsin rolls past No. 7 Minnesota, 83-57

(AP) Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to an 83-57 rout over Minnesota 83-57 in Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. The second-seeded Badgers (26-6) have won nine of 10 and will face No. 22 Michigan State or 11th-seeded Northwestern in Saturday’s semifinals. Minnesota (20-13) was led by Deandre Mathieu with 18 points and Joey King with 14 but lost for the sixth time in their last eight tries against the Badgers [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE

Photo: Every B1G team has its own hot dog at tourney

You never know what you’re going to come across at the Big Ten Tournament. We have seen upset victories, buzzer-beater shots, and Big Ten style hot dogs… Yes, that’s right. On the main concourse at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Big Ten fans can purchase footlong hot dogs, made a certain way for all 12 Big Ten schools. Check it out: My personal favorite: The Wisconsin hot dog. Cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish. How good does that sound?

Photo: Gopher fan wears own mini mascot carrier

By now, you’ve probably seen our BTN2Go mini mascot ads. You know, the ones where Big Ten fans have their school’s mini mascot attached to them at special events. Well, one Minnesota fan mimicked the idea Friday at the Big Ten tourney. Watch the Minnesota ad and see a picture of the fan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this post. Take a look at this Golden performance! Fun Fact: I only read through my lines twice. http://t.co/9txnbX0XqN #BTN2Go #BTNminiGoldy — Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) October 4, 2013

Big Ten Geeks: An Easy Bubble Solver Update

We sit a mere two days from Selection Sunday, yet much is still to be determined in Indianapolis. Thursday’s quarterfinals saw Minnesota and Illinois keep hope alive. How much more do these teams, along with Nebraska, need to do to get into the Big Dance? As you could probably tell over the last couple weeks, we’re fans of the Easy Bubble Solver. It’s a quick, easy, and objective way to get a feel for who’s truly on the bubble and who isn’t. You simply add together each team’s KenPom rank and RPI rank, then sort them from smallest to largest.

Dienhart: Four quick thoughts for Day 2

Thursday’s action will be difficult to top, as every game had drama. Friday will try to live up to that billing with four interesting tilts. Here is one though on each game. [ MORE: Day 1 stars | Day 2 previews | Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] 1. No. 1 Michigan just may have a shot at a top seed in the NCAA tourney with Villanova losing early in the Big East tourney. It would be hard to ignore the Wolverines being regular-season and tourney champs in a very strong Big Ten. But Michigan must be

Dienhart: Setting the stage for today's action

Well, that was a fun opening day of the Big Ten tourney, wasn’t it? Officially, there was a pair of upsets, although No. 9 Illinois’ win over No. 8 Indiana isn’t all that much of a stunner. Anyway, all eyes move to Friday’s quarterfinals. Get my Day 2 primers in this post. [ MORE: Check out all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines have clearly established themselves as the hunted, winning the league crown by forging a 15-3 conference mark, which is three games better than

B1G Tourney: BTN.com's all-Thursday team

If you’re a fan of college basketball, then you have to appreciate how entertaining Day One of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament was. Four games were decided by a total of 24 points, with No. 11 Northwestern closing out Thursday’s session with a memorable 67-62 upset victory over No. 6 Iowa. With four games in the book, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Thursday team from Day One of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tournament coverage