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Big Ten men's basketball tourney bracket released

The Big Ten released the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night following a wild final day of action. The tournament tips at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in tournament history and the first time since 2009, finishing the conference slate with a 13-5 record. No. 2 Michigan (13-5), No. 3 Ohio State (13-5) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-6) also earned first-round byes. See the official bracket in this post. Also, read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant

Michigan, MSU, Ohio State share Big Ten crown

The Big Ten men’s hoops season finishes with a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings, this after 16 Michigan held off Penn State (recap) and No. 11 Ohio State upset No. 5 Michigan State (recap) on Sunday, giving Michigan and Ohio State a piece of the crown that Michigan State was trying to win outright. In other action, No. 20 Indiana swept Purdue (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin put away Illinois (recap). Catch up on all four games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was

Counting 'em down: Week's top plays

The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across

Best of Gus: Purdue at No. 20 Indiana

Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Victor Oladipo’s drive and highlight-reel jam and get all of his call from Sunday’s Purdue-Indiana game in this post. Johnson: “Verdell Jones behind the back!”

Dienhart: On Stars, Coaches & Tourney Chances

Draymond Green for Big Ten MVP? It’s an easy pick, says Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Who can argue with that? Green is the only player in the Big Ten who is averaging a double-double. And his leadership is unmatched, as he has led the Spartans to at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh league championship. Is there any way Michigan State will lose at home to Ohio State on Senior Day on Sunday? I will be shocked if it happens. Read more of my newsy links for Friday. And remember? I do this every weekday. Illinois’ NCAA

Dienhart's Links: Thursday Edition

I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today. Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Illini are in damage-control mode vs. Michigan tonight. I also think Illinois has a great opportunity at its feet to still earn an at-large spot in the NCAA tourney. Really. If the Illini (17-12 overall; 6-10 Big Ten) can beat Michigan in Champaign, then win at Wisconsin on Sunday

Twitter: Favorite Hummel moments

Wednesday was Senior Night at Mackey Arena, and that meant it was Purdue fans’ final chance to say goodbye to Robbie Hummel, as well as Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith. As great as Jackson and Smith are, Hummel was the star of the festivities. The forward, of course, came to Purdue along with JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, and the trio put Purdue back on the national map. Unfortunately, injuries plagued Hummel throughout his career and kept him off the court for a year and a half. I went to Twitter to ask Purdue fans for their favorite Hummel moment

Purdue, No. 11 Ohio State win on Super Wednesday

No. 11 Ohio State beat Northwestern in the final seconds (recap) and Purdue dropped Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. In other action, Iowa took down Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get immediate halftime and final recaps in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the exciting Ohio State-Northwestern game, and here are his best calls. If you like highlights, bookmark our Did You See This? feature. Also, watch our video from Purdue Senior Night. Purdue 80, Penn State 56: BOX | AP

Michigan State commit Harris hits game-winner

Michigan State recruit Gary Harris needs no introduction to die-hard Big Ten basketball fans. The five-star guard out of Hamilton Southeastern High School had a few Big Ten schools coveting his services, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Harris is an athletic guard who can do everything, including hit game-winning buzzer-beaters. That’s exactly what he did Tuesday night, banking home a halfcourt shot to send his team past North Central in sectional play. Watch the shot in this post

Bubble teams: Who rises & falls?

The Big Ten is in the final week of the regular season. Teams are battling to enhance their postseason resumes, jockeying for seeding in the Big Ten tourney, which starts March 8 in Indianapolis. And schools also have their eye on the NCAA tourney.  I caught up with CBSSports.com NCAA bracketologist Jerry Palm to get his read on where the Big Ten schools sit in his latest bracket projections. Click inside to listen to our conversation this morning. Among other things, we discuss the likelihood of a Big Ten team earning a No. 1 seed, Northwestern’s bubblicious existence and if