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Dienhart: What each team has at stake in Indy

The Big Ten tourney bracket is set. Tip-off is early Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The top four seeds: 1. Michigan; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Michigan State; 4. Nebraska. Those four, of course, all earn first-round byes. Here’s a quick look at what each team has on the line in Indy. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tournament bracket ] Michigan. If the Wolverines win the Big Ten tourney, they may have a shot to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. But, it still may be unlikely. The body of work for the Wolverines

Big Ten releases 2014 men's tournament bracket

Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 17th annual event will be played March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. After winning the outright Big Ten crown for the first time since 1986 with a 15-3 conference record, Michigan is the tournament’s top seed and will open play at noon ET on Friday. Wisconsin and Michigan State finished the year with matching 12-6 marks, but the Badgers’ head-to-head win over the Spartans on Feb. 9 gave them the No.

B1G Recap: Huskers upset No. 9 Badgers

Why wouldn’t a season as wild as this one end with a crazy upset in the final game of the regular season? Nebraska upset No. 9 Wisconsin in the conference’s final game to highlight a busy day. In other action, Minnesota ran past Penn State, Ohio State nipped No. 22 Michigan State and Northwestern dropped Purdue. Catch up on all the action and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] NEBRASKA 77, WISCONSIN 68 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and Nebraska beat

Big Ten Geeks: Huskers Keep Hope Alive

Michigan State used a run out of intermission to create separation from Iowa in an eventual 10-point win. Both teams scored nearly at will in this one, but the Spartans’ outstanding three-point shooting masked a high turnover rate that is becoming worrisome. This has been Tom Izzo’s best-ever team at limiting turnovers (at least in the tempo-free era), but the past three games have seen Michigan State turn it over on nearly a quarter of its trips. Is this a temporary blip, the result of some long-absent players getting back into the groove? The Spartans had better hope so, as

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan stands alone

Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week. The Wolverines obviously didn’t get the memo. Michigan had an historic night from three, knocking down 16 of 23 from

Ranking games: Teams pushing for tourney spots

The last week of Big Ten action is at our doorstep. Michigan is looking to wrap up the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak and make a push for a share of the crown, while Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois are looking to make pushes for the NCAA tourney. Here’s a look at each game this week. Use our scoreboards for a look at the daily Big Ten schedules, too. 1. Iowa at Michigan State, Thurs., March 6: Both of these teams are wheezing across the finish line. The Hawkeyes ended a three-game

Video: Watch our 'Inside the Selection Process' features

On Monday night, BTN aired “Inside the Selection Process” to give fans an inside look at how the Selection Committee sorts out the NCAA tournament. CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy and Greg Shaheen, the former NCAA executive VP for championships and alliances, joined the show to offer their expertise. Watch both of our features in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: A look at four Big Ten teams’ Big Dance dreams ] Palm and DeCourcy talk about Minnesota and Nebraska’s NCAA chances:

Dienhart: Expect unexpected in final week

This is it, the last week of Big Ten action. And, that means one thing: Expect the unexpected. As for the title chase, there isn’t much drama left, as Michigan already has wrapped up at least a share of the championship. Other schools are looking to enhance their NCAA resumes. One story line to watch: Who will finish fourth, thus earning a first-round bye in the Big Ten tourney? Iowa and Nebraska are tied with a 9-7 mark, while Ohio State is 9-8. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Game of the week: Nebraska plays

Big Ten Geeks: It's a thin line this year

Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim