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Big Ten Geeks: Weekend at Tourney's

When the dust settled on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten had four teams standing in the Sweet Sixteen. Here are some scattered thoughts on the action, bullet-point style: Wisconsin lost exactly the way I said it would—by going cold from long range. This is a perimeter-oriented team that does not shoot all that well from the perimeter, and that means that it’s bound to go ice cold at least once every few games. Unfortunately, that came in the very first round of the Tournament. I know Marshall Henderson is outspoken and scored a lot of

Quick hit: Badgers' shooting goes cold

The Badgers never got into an offensive rhythm, shooting an abysmal 25 percent (15-of-59) overall and 23 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-30) in the 57-46 loss to Ole Miss. Credit Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, who deftly switched between a zone and man defense. That disrupted the Wisconsin shooters, who never got on track. The Badgers led at halftime, but Ole Miss ripped off 17-5 run early in the half to take a 47-41 lead with 3:26 left. The Rebels never looked back and cruised to victory. This was the first time Wisconsin lost its first NCAA game since

Badgers stay loose with funny video

Wisconsin banger Mike Bruesewitz recently was named as one of the hottest players in the NCAA tourney by Cosmopolitan magazine, and now his teammates are speaking out about it. Badgers teammate Dan Fahey talked to the other Badgers about this and other amusing topics in this YouTube video posted by the Wisconsin athletic department. Good stuff. Funny stuff. (h/t to the JSOnline Badgers Blog) [ NCAA tourney: Scores | March Madness posts | BTN.com bracket |  NCAA.com bracket | Photos ]

Watch Big Ten press sessions from tourney

Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go continues as we bring your the press conferences leading up to ganmes as well as the sessions right after games. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences. A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below. As Big Ten teams advance, the programming schedule will be updated to reflect press conference airings and can be found at BTN.com/Shows. And our live scoreboards are over here. THURSDAY Time (ET) Event 1:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: INDIANA PRE-GAME 2:05 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN PRE-GAME 2:35 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE:

Dienhart: 64 reasons why the NCAA tourney is great

As if you needed any more reasons to celebrate the full-fledged start of the greatest spectacle in sports, here are 64 more—in no particular order—on why the NCAA Tournament is without peer. Why not 68? Because I don’t like the play-in games. [ RELATED: Dienhart’s 3 keys for every Big Ten team in NCAA tourney ] Let’s roll! 1. It’s not the BCS—or just a four-team playoff 2. True equal access for little guys like … 3. George Mason 4. VCU 5. Butler 6. Butler, again 7. Did I mention upsets? 8. Princeton over UCLA in 1996 9. Jim Valvano’s

Let's see these NCAA games: IU-MSU, please

Technically, the NCAA tourney tipped off Tuesday night. But with a pair of Big Ten teams set to open the Big Dance on Thursday, it’s time to consider the best Big Ten NCAA matchups we may see in this year’s tourney. See my top 10 potential battles in this post. [ RELATED: View the NCAA tourney bracket (PDF) ] 1. Indiana vs. Michigan State When: National title game Why: Indiana swept the season series, however each game was terrific and came down to the wire, with the Hoosiers rallying in the last minute to win the second meeting in East

Dienhart: 3 keys for each Big Ten NCAA team

On the eve of the NCAA tournament, hope spring eternal for every team. Get hot, rip off six victories in a row, and you will be national champion. With seven teams in the field, the Big Ten has a good chance to see its first national championship since Michigan State won it all in 1999-2000. In fact, the Big Ten has four teams seeded among the top four in various regions: No. 1 Indiana; No. 2 Ohio State; No. 3 Michigan State; No. 4 Michigan. And Wisconsin is a No. 5 seed. No. 7 Illinois and No. 11 Minnesota also

Gallery: The many hairdos of Mike Bruesewitz

Wisconsin’s Mike Bruesewitz was known for his hustle and hairdos throughout the most part of his college career. For some fun, we’ve highlighted several of Bruesewitz’s different hairdos during his time in Madison. See the photo gallery in this post.

Big Ten Geeks: Before the madness, a look back

As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards? Here’s our projected Big Ten records from November compared to the actual results: Team BTG Predicted W-L Actual W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 14-4 0 Ohio State 13-5 13-5 0 Michigan State 12-6 13-5 +1 Michigan 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 8-10 -3 Illinois 9-9

My 2012-13 All-Big Ten underrated team

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina. The Big Ten is loaded with talented basketball players, so it’s only natural that some guys to go unnoticed or receive less respect than they deserve. That’s why I compiled my 2012-13 All-Big Ten Underrated Team. Who made the list? Find out in this