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Buckeyes top Badgers for Big Ten tourney title

DeShaun Thomas scored 17 points and No. 10 Ohio State used its stout defense to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 50-43 on Sunday for the Big Ten tournament title. Thomas was 6 for 19 from the field, but made some big free throws down the stretch to lead the Buckeyes to their fifth tournament title in nine appearances. Aaron Craft had nine points and six rebounds, and LaQuinton Ross also delivered a couple of huge plays for Ohio State (26-7). Flip over the BTN/BTN2Go at 7 p.m. when BTN/BTN2Go airs “The Big Ten Basketball and Beyond Selection Sunday Special,” a 90-minute show looking at the

Photos: Big Ten tourney title game

Here’s a batch of photos from the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game Sunday in Chicago. Click on any photo to see the larger version. Find all of BTN.com’s photo galleries on our BTN.com gallery archive page. More links: Bracket | Tourney news | Tourney Scoreboard |  BTN Connect | Live postgame press conferences

Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 3

Indiana and Wisconsin tipped things off on Saturday in a back-and-forth affair that did not go according to script. For one, Indiana was supposed to be the athletic offensive rebounding powerhouse, but it was Wisconsin that was crashing the offensive glass early, collecting  43 percent of its misses in the first half. Additionally, one would expect the Badgers and their miniscule turnover rate to be stingy with the giveaways, but turnovers plagued Bo Ryan’s team all game long. Wisconsin turned it over on 25 percent of its possessions, the second-highest mark for the season (MSU’s steamrolling of Wisconsin in East

Tourney preview: Here come Badgers, Buckeyes

And then there were two. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Wisconsin will meet in the Big Ten tourney title game at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The Buckeyes advanced to their fifth consecutive title game by topping No. 3 Michigan State, while the Badgers eliminated No. 1 Indiana. Before the title game, our guys preview the matchup on the”Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 3 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. And at 7, don’t forget about our “Selection Sunday Special.” No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Wisconsin It’s fitting that Ohio State and Wisconsin are meeting in the Big Ten

Amazing moments: See these top tourney plays

If it’s highlights you’re looking for, the Big Ten tourney was the place to be. From Brandon Paul’s buzzer-beater in Thursday’s opening round to Keith Appling’s drive and posterizing dunk on Friday, there was no shortage of highlight-reel plays. Watch some of our favorite Big Ten tourney plays from the first three days in this post. SUNDAY’S FINAL Evan Ravenel finds Deshaun Thomas for reverse layup: Sam Thompson soars for dunk to open title game: SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS Adreian Payne elevates for putback: Sam Dekker turns Ryan Evans block into transition And-1: Victor Oladipo sets up Cody Zeller And-1 dunk: FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS

Ryan, Badgers run winning streak to 12 vs. Hoosiers

The last time Indiana beat Bo Ryan and Wisconsin, the calendar had just flipped to 2007. The date, to be exact, was Jan. 31, 2007. Since then, the Badgers have won 12 consecutive over the Hoosiers, the latest coming in Saturday’s Big Ten tourney semifinals. For some perspective, here’s how Indiana has fared against the Big Ten’s perennial powers since this run of futility began: vs. Michigan State (6-8); vs. Ohio State (5-10). [ RELATED: BTN’s Jim Jackson, Traevon Jackson share special postgame moment ] All three teams, of course, had the advantage of beating up on the Hoosiers for

Did You See This? Jackson family tourney moment

There was a special a moment following No. 4 seed Wisconsin’s victory over No. 1 Indiana in the Big Ten tourney semifinals Saturday afternoon, and it involved a father and a son. Here’s a hint: The father is a BTN analyst. Yeah, Jim Jackson and his son, Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson, shared a genuine moment before the son joined the BTN crew on set to talk about the win. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament homepage ] Jackson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal. He and the Badgers will

Quick hit: Badgers dictated game's pace

The Badgers slowed down the prolific Indiana attack, keeping the Hoosiers under 60 points. And this was an Indiana squad that came in averaging 80.8 points in all games. Wisconsin did a great job denying entry passes to the post and rarely offered open looks from 3-point range. Bottom line: It was a textbook Wisconsin victory. You see, this is why Bo Ryan was the Big Ten coach of the year. And, that’s 12 wins in a row for Wisconsin over Indiana. Read more about this game: [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS | B1G DUNKS ] Key moment: Wisconsin built a nine-point lead in

Wisconsin knocks off Indiana in first semifinal

Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help Wisconsin upsetIndiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday. The Badgers allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled within one with 9:45 left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the powerhouse program, and will play Ohio State or Michigan State in Sunday’s final. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT | TOURNEY NEWS | B1G DUNKS ] FINAL:  Ryan Evans scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out four

Big Ten Geeks: Thoughts on Day 2

Scouting matters. Have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t know your opponent, you’ll get sliced up. So credit Indiana for blowing up Illinois’ offense by stretching its defense well out to the perimeter in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. There was no space to breathe for Illinois’ shooters, and consequently just 6 of Illinois’ 27 field goal attempts were three-pointers in the first half. Now, it may not seem like a big deal to take the three-pointer away from a team shooting 29 percent on threes in conference play. And because no strategy comes