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Big Ten Geeks: Preview of Ohio State vs. Dayton

Two teams whose campuses are a mere 75 miles apart will clash today in Buffalo, NY, as Ohio State takes on Dayton. The Flyers arrive as an 11-seed with a mostly nondescript resume, but Dayton sports a legitimate offense. In fact, the Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in offensive efficiency, thanks to a balanced attack that does a little bit of everything well. Dayton’s leading scorer is a familiar name: former Buckeye Jordan Sibert. Sibert has come a long way since leaving Columbus two years ago, and he’s deadly from beyond the arc (44 percent shooting on a heavy diet

#BTNLive poll: Vote for the best coaching duo

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten football and basketball head coaching duo is the best? The choices for this poll: Michigan (#MichDuo), Wisconsin (#WiscDuo), Ohio State (#OSUDuo) and Michigan State (#MSUDuo).

Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tourney

College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Obama has Michigan State topping No. 13 Delaware, No. 12 Harvard, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Villanova on its way to the Final Four. In the national semis, he has the Spartans dropping No.

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

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. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would

Dienhart: My Big Ten NCAA tourney predictions

With the regular season finished and the NCAA tournament upon us, experts from across the nation are offering their predictions. It’s a fun time, no doubt, and I decided to offer a few predictions of my own. Check out what I see when I look into my crystal ball in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Which teams will make it to the second weekend of the tourney? Without a doubt, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State should make plans to keep their suitcases packed. The No. 2 Wolverines will dump No. 15 Wofford and then

Polls: Who wins Big Ten Round of 64 games?

The NCAA tournament gets into full swing Thursday. Iowa lost Wednesday night in the “First Four,” and now it’s time for Round 2 action. Before any of the Big Ten teams tip off today, vote for all of your Round of 64 Big Ten winners in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] MIDWEST REGION: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford – 7:10 p.m. ET, Thursday, CBS (AP) John Beilein insists he couldn’t care less about Michigan’s seed in the NCAA tournament. Even when it’s the highest of his coaching career. “I’ve never seen so

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

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. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] A is for Adreian Payne. The Michigan State big fella needs to play like a lottery pick if the Spartans want to cut down the nets. Few players possess his combination of inside-outside

#BTNLive asks: Who makes longest NCAA tourney run?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s basketball team advances the furthest in the NCAA tourney? Log into Twitter and select your choice below, then tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNUM, #BTNUW, #BTNMSU, #BTNOSU, #BTNNEB and #BTNIowa.

Site: Spartans B1G's best chance to win NCAA title

NCAA tourney predictions are all over the internet today. But few are as comprehensive as fivethirtyeight.com‘s forecaster that calculates the chance each team has of reaching each round. The site reached its results by “taking into account a composite of power rankings, pre-season rankings, the team’s placement on the NCAA’s 68-team S-curve, player injuries and geography. The site’s favorite to win it all? That would be Louisville (15 percent chance), the No. 4 seed in the Midwest. No, that is not a typo. Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State is the sixth-most likely team to win it all (6 percent),

They've got next: Check out this team of B1G assistants

The Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s elite basketball players and coaches. The conference also boasts an impressive who’s who of players-turned-assistants. From a familiar Big Ten name, Dane Fife, to a familiar national name, Chris Quinn, the Big Ten could field a very competitive pickup game featuring assistants. View my All-Big Ten assistant team in this post. G: Chris Quinn (Notre Dame), Northwestern – Director of player development Three-year starter and two-time captain 2006 first team All-Big East selection (17.7 points, 6.4 assists) Ranks 16th in school history in points (1,454) fifth in steals (155), sixth