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Best sights and sounds from B1G Tournament

The 2014 Big Ten Tournament is in the books, and boy was it a good one. After 11 games in four days, Michigan State was the last team standing after an impressive 69-55 win over Michigan in the conference title game. Let’s take it all in and check out the best sights and sounds from this year’s memorable Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Spartans met B1G tourney goal … and then some ] BEST TEAM: Michigan State. An obvious pick here, as Tom Izzo’s team played its best basketball at the right time of year. The Spartans took home the championship

Six Big Ten men's teams make NCAA tournament

Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: View the NCAA tourney bracket ] IOWA – No. 11 Midwest Region MICHIGAN – No. 2 Midwest Region No. 2 Michigan will face No. 15 Wofford on Thursday in Milwaukee (Midwest region). Let's dance. — Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 16, 2014 MICHIGAN STATE

Geeks: Easy Bubble Solver, Selection Sunday Edition

On Friday morning, we checked in with the Easy Bubble Solver, a quick and easy way to get the lay of the land as pertains to the NCAA tournament bubble. Two days later, the landscape has changed. Let’s reset the Easy Bubble Solver for one last look before the selection committee puts all speculation to rest this evening. Here is the NCAA tournament field according to Easy Bubble Solver (excluding automatic bid teams that ranked below 49th): KenPom Rank RPI Rank EBS EBS Rank Team 1 1 2 1 Arizona 3 2 5 2 Florida 4 4 8 3 Wichita

B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 3

Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the

Dienhart: Michigan should be 'confident, cocky'

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan comes at foes in waves. Ready or not, here come the Wolverines. And, god bless if you aren’t ready, because you’ll be run off the floor, up the ramp and out the door. The start of today’s game with Ohio State was a perfect example. There was … A Nik Stauskas three-pointer. A Glenn Robinson III three-pointer. A Caris LeVert three-pointer. Two GR3 jumpers. A Jordan Morgan slam. Just like that, it was 15-2 with only 4:25 off the clock. Thad Matta hadn’t even broken a sweat and his offensively challenged team already was in a deep

Michigan edges Ohio State, advances to tourney title game

(AP) No. 8 Michigan blew a 12-point second-half lead, then finished the game on a 7-1 run to beat archrival Ohio State 72-69 in Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinal. The league’s regular-season champs will face No. 12 Wisconsin or No. 22 Michigan State in Sunday’s championship game. Nik Stauskas had 18 points and Caris LeVert had 17 to lead the Wolverines (25-7), winners of seven straight. It will be Michigan’s first title game appearance since 1998, when it won its only tourney title, which was later vacated. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | GEEKS | 

B1G Tourney:'s all-Friday team

College basketball fans were treated to another outstanding day of the Big Ten tournament. In addition to some great games, we had plenty of exceptional individual performances on the hardwood. With four more games in the book and an exciting semifinal round set up for Saturday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Friday team from Day Two of the tourney. [ MORE: Which team impressed the most in Friday’s semifinals? ] DIENHART’S ALL-FRIDAY TEAM:  Ben Brust, Wisconsin. He notched a career-high 29 points, more than any other player on this day. The sharp-shooting guard

Saturday primers: Serious starpower in these semis

The Big Ten tourney semifinal field is set, and it will be No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Hard to complain about those matchups, huh? Get Tom Dienhart’s previews to both games, plus vote for your winners, in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State The skinny on Michigan: The Wolverines were pushed to the max by No. 9 Illinois before carving out a 64-63 victory after the Illini’s final shot lipped off the rim.

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: LaQuinton Ross is becoming a 'flat-out stud'

Never count out the champion, right? Reigning Big Ten tourney champ Ohio State rallied from 18 points down in the second half to top Nebraska, 71-67, and advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The Buckeyes will play Big Ten regular-season champ and rival Michigan in the first of two semifinal games Saturday. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Ohio State’s win in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: Leading by nine points, and with a chance to push it to 11, with just under eight minutes remaining,