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Dienhart's rapid reaction: Cincinnati comes back to beat Purdue in OT

A.J. Hammons scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati snapped the Boilermakers’ 14-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament openers with a 66-65 win Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: A.J. Hammons played well, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. The junior hit 7-of-10 shots. At that rate, he should have been fed the ball more often. He only shot four free throws. Instead, Purdue time and again curiously tossed up 3-pointers despite showing no

Barack Obama doesn't pick any Big Ten teams to get past Elite Eight

When it comes to picking a team outside of Kentucky to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin has been a popular choice across the nation. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Well, according to the President’s bracket, that’s not the case. As he’s done for each of the past six years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket in a recent ESPN special, and selected Kentucky to win it all. Obama has Wisconsin and Maryland as the only Big Ten teams to advance to the Sweet 16, with the Terps losing in the round of

Which college basketball team is the most popular in your home state?

Can you feel it? March Madness is here, and the field of 64 is set to begin on Thursday. A total of seven Big Ten teams are set to partake in this year’s NCAA Tournament, which marks the seventh straight year the Big Ten has had five or more teams in the tournament. Wisconsin received the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue received at-large berths in the “Big Dance.” But here’s an interesting question: Is your favorite Big Ten hoops team the same as others in your

Washington Post Releases Emojis For Every NCAA Tournament Team

If you’re someone who keeps up with today’s technology trends, you are well aware of the use of emojis. The fun-filled faces are often used for text messaging, but that isn’t the only use. The Washington Post recently designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, and it is awesome. Here is a graphic that includes all seven Big Ten teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Check it out. What do you think of your Big Ten team’s emoji?

Catch the season finale of 'The Journey' at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday

On the season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament chronicling all the moments from the teams’ arrivals to the final celebration. Watch a bonus scene from this week’s show to get a taste of all that our crew filmed last week. Then join us at Wednesday for the final episode of the 2015 season. Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and