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No. 15 Purdue leads three Big Ten teams in final Coaches poll

Three Big Ten teams advanced to the Sweet 16, and all three are ranked in the final Coaches Poll, released Monday, the day after North Carolina beat Gonzaga to claim its sixth national title. Big Ten regular-season champ Purdue paces the conference at No. 15.

Dienhart: Big Ten watches and waits for next national title

The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won

Dienhart: Early, early look at 2017-18 Big Ten Power Rankings

The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.