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PSU advances, four others bounced in Round 1

It was a rough day Sunday for Big Ten women’s basketball teams as the conference went 1-4 in NCAA first-round games. Big Ten regular season champ Penn State was the lone victor, ousting UTEP, and joins Big Ten tourney champ Purdue, which won Saturday, in Round 2. Meanwhile, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State all fell Sunday. Catch up all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post. And don’t forget to bookmark the interactive NCAA bracket.

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Who took home softball honors?

The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 12-18 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

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A Sweet Saturday for 3 Big Ten teams

Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana came into Saturday looking to take the next step in the NCAA Tournament but all three had formidable challenges ahead of them. First off, the Buckeyes held off a very tough Gonzaga team before the Badgers battled Vanderbilt right down to the end to win. Finally, the Hoosiers got some late-game heroics from Will Sheehey and defeated VCU.

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Ohio State beats Gonzaga to advance

Ohio State Buckeyes guard William Buford (44) drives against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Guy Landry Edi (10) in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State vs Gonzaga - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Aaron Craft scored 17, grabbed three rebounds and handed out 10 assists to help Ohio State past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday in Pittsburgh in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State was trailing when Jared Sullinger converted a field goal with 3:35 to go to give it a lead it would not relinquish. The Buckeyes also got solid contributions from William Buford, who scored 13 and Deshaun Thomas and Sullinger, who each scored 18.

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BTN's Stats Guru Brings the Numbers

BTN’s stats researcher tweets out great Big Ten stats during the football and basketball seasons via his Twitter account @BTNStatsGuy. If you’re on Twitter, check him out. And if you’re not, you can still see his work on his Twitter page. We’ve selected some of his most recent posts and embedded them below.You can also find some fresh Big Ten stats at BigTen.org.

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Michigan State, Purdue advance; Michigan falls

Ohio pulled out a stunning 65-60 upset over Michigan in the first of three Friday night games involving Big Ten teams. Purdue dropped St. Mary’s 72-69 in a day of upsets at the NCAA tournament. In the late game, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double to lift Michigan State to an 89-67 win over Long Island. In my daily links in this post, I found some interesting takes on Indiana’s win as well as what lies ahead for Purdue and Michigan. And did you hear what Bill Self said about the Illinois program? Dive on in.

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Perfect Thursday: Big Ten Goes 3-0 In Tourney Openers

Ohio State Buckeyes guard William Buford (44) posts up against Loyola Greyhounds forward Jordan Latham (15) in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State vs. Loyola (MD) - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Deshaun Thomas scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift Ohio State to a 78-59 win over Loyola (MD) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Earlier Thursday, Jordan Hulls scored 22 points and Cody Zeller added 14 as Indiana won 79-66 victory over New Mexico State while Jordan Taylor scored 17 and grabbed eight rebounds to help Wisconsin past Montana 73-49.

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