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A Sweet Saturday for 3 Big Ten teams

Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana came into Saturday looking to take the next step in the NCAA Tournament but all three had formidable challenges ahead of them. First off, the Buckeyes held off a very tough Gonzaga team before the Badgers battled Vanderbilt right down to the end to win. Finally, the Hoosiers got some late-game heroics from Will Sheehey and defeated VCU. That means the Big Ten has advanced three teams to the Sweet Sixteen, with two more to play on Sunday. First up, No. 1 seed Michigan State faces and No. 9 seed St. Louis, then No. 10

Vanderbilt Commodores forward JEffery Taylor (44) defends against Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser (21) during the first half in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Pit. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin Beats Vanderbilt to Move On

(AP) Wisconsin riding the nation’s stingiest defense – and admittedly a bit of luck – back to the round of 16. The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference’s two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin held John Jenkins (20.1) and Jeffery Taylor (16.3) to 13 and 9 points, respectively in advancing to face top-seeded Syracuse in the East Regional in Boston. Best place to find a bracket? EAST REGIONAL: #4 WISCONSIN 60, #5 VANDERBILT 57: BOX |

BTN's Stats Guru Brings the Numbers

BTN’s stats researcher tweets out great Big Ten stats during the football and basketball seasons via his Twitter account @BTNStatsGuy. If you’re on Twitter, check him out. And if you’re not, you can still see his work on his Twitter page. We’ve selected some of his most recent posts and embedded them below.You can also find some fresh Big Ten stats at #MichiganState is 16-3 on 1 day of rest in NCAA Tournament since 1998. Only team with better W-L in that span: #Duke (18-3). Min: 10 games. — BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) March 17, 2012 #B1G is 10-3 in Round

Michigan State, Purdue advance; Michigan falls

Ohio pulled out a stunning 65-60 upset over Michigan in the first of three Friday night games involving Big Ten teams. Purdue dropped St. Mary’s 72-69 in a day of upsets at the NCAA tournament. In the late game, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double to lift Michigan State to an 89-67 win over Long Island. In my daily links in this post, I found some interesting takes on Indiana’s win as well as what lies ahead for Purdue and Michigan. And did you hear what Bill Self said about the Illinois program? Dive on in. Plus, here are times and

Montana Grizzlies guard Kareem Jamar (32) defends against Wisconsin Badgers guard Ryan Evans (5) during the first half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Pit. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin beats Montana, 73-49

Jordan Taylor scored 17, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists to help Wisconsin past Montana 73-49 on Thursday at University Arena in Albuquerque in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ryan Evans had his way inside, hitting 6-of-8 shots en route to notching 18 points vs. an undersized Montana squad. Get Tom Dienhart’s take and more in this post. Find the full interactive bracket at East Regional: #4 Wisconsin 73, #13 Montana 49: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD| PREVIEW | Tourney Central Tom Dienhart’s key player: Ryan Evans had his way inside, hitting 6-of-8 shots en

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Journey: Watch segment & bonus clips from finale

On Wednesday night, we aired a special one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012.”  On the show, we went behind the scenes for the entire Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. We also featured Senior Day at Michigan State and provided an inside look at the thrilling Ohio State-Michigan State season finale. Plus, we covered the emotional reunion of Illinois’ Meyers Leonard and his brother, Bailey, a U.S. Marine who recently returned from active duty. Watch a segment from the show now and see bonus clips in this post. Don’t forget – our show producers are on Twitter

Wisconsin's Jared Berggren

10 Early Big Ten Questions for 2012-13

The NCAA tournament officially tipped off Tuesday night, as did the NIT, which has web editor Brent Yarina’s attention divided between the tourney and the future. It’s very early to entertain the 2012-13 season, admittedly, but there are important questions Big Ten teams will address, as soon as the coming days or weeks. See Yarina’s top 10 questions facing Big Ten basketball teams in this post. Have a different one? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post. And don’t forget to watch our Big Ten Basketball Images of the Year feature. 1. How does Michigan

Michigan State's Derrick Nix

Ready, set, click the lastest Big Ten links

In Wednesday’s web links, we look at what some of the Big Ten beat writers are saying about their school’s chances in the NCAA tournament, which tips Thursday for three Big Ten teams. Also, find links and my thoughts on a trio of Big Ten big men who are filling equally big roles for Indiana and Michigan State. There’s some football talk in here, too, as coaches discuss position changes. Find it all in this post. Cody Zeller has exceeded expectations in leading the Hoosiers to a No. 4 seed, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. No doubt. We

Big Ten Geeks: NCAA Tournament - Thursday/Saturday

With the “second round” of the NCAA tournament about to begin, let’s take a look at the matchups and potential matchups for Big Ten teams. First, we’ll look at the Thursday/Saturday pods. ** Wisconsin Site: Albuquerque, NM Montana – 2:10pm ET, TNT Montana stormed through the Big Sky Conference, losing just one game and taking the conference tournament rather easily. The Grizzlies did this primarily at the defensive end, where they not only held conference opponents to 41 percent shooting on twos but also forced bundles of turnovers. In overall efficiency terms, Montana is something like Illinois but with an

Michigan State 2012 B1G title

BTN to air nightly Big Ten Basketball & Beyond

CHICAGO – With a record 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play, BTN will have full coverage, with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition, presented by 5-Hour Energy, as well as postgame press conferences. Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament, while three men’s teams are competing in the NIT. [See the Men’s Bracket; See the Women’s Bracket] Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will alternate as hosts and be joined by analysts Jim Jackson, Gary Williams, Stephanie White, Keno Davis, Shon Morris, Tim Doyle and