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Syracuse edges Wisconsin, 64-63

Top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals. The Badgers had two shots at the win after Kris Joseph, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18.9 seconds left and the Orange leading by a point. Jordan Taylor came down and missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and Mike Bruesewitz’s toss with the rebound was off, at the buzzer. East Regional – Round 4: #1 Syracuse 64, #4 Wisconsin 63 PREVIEW | BOXSCORE | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD | NCAA.COM BRACKET

Buckeyes advance but Spartans, Badgers fall

We tracked tonight’s three Big Ten games in the Sweet Sixteen. Wisconsin had a chance late but fell to Syracuse in the first game, 63-64. Then Michigan State was eliminated by Louisville. In the late game, Ohio State handled Cincinnati. BTN’s TV coverage continues with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition. On nights with tournament competition, the show airs immediately following the last game. Throughout the tourney we’re also airing the postgame press conferences (details here). If the Buckeyes beat Cincinnati, and the Badgers can take down No. 1 Syracuse, the two could meet in the

Reader Mail: NCAA Tourney, Illini Search & More

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. There is a lot going on, with the NCAA tourney at the Sweet 16 stage and spring football in full swing across Big Ten territory. Which of the four Big Ten teams has the best shot to reach the Final Four? What will Wisconsin do at quarterback? I address those questions—and more—in this week’s mailbag. Got a question? I’m adding a new inbox all the time. You can email me here, come talk to me on Twitter, drop a comment on my BTN Facebook page, or type in a question

MSU, OSU, UW meet media, prep for Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 tips off Thursday night, with three Big Ten teams in action, which means players and coaches met the media and practiced at their respective arenas Wednesday. Ohio State and Wisconsin prepped for their games against Cincinnati and Syracuse, respectively, at TD Garden, while Michigan State got ready for Louisville at US Airways Center. See photos, courtesy of US Presswire, from all three teams in this post. Indiana, the Big Ten’s fourth team in the Sweet 16, plays Kentucky on Friday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Get previews, photos and stats below: West Semifinal: No. 4 Louisville vs. No.

Big Ten Geeks: Previewing Thursday

After a wild opening weekend, the Big Ten emerged with four teams among the remaining Sweet Sixteen. Today, we’ll preview the Thursday games, two of which are conveniently in the same regional. In Boston, it’s a four-team tournament with a Final Four spot on the line, and Big Ten teams are on both sides of the bracket. The other B1G Thursday participant will be Michigan State. We’ll delve into the Boston regional before previewing the Spartans’ path. ** Wisconsin vs. Syracuse – 7:15pm ET, CBS Much has been made of the absence of Syracuse’s starting center Fab Melo for the

BTN coverage includes live shows, press conferences

With the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament about to arrive, here’s a good reminder of what you can find on BTN TV: Full game previews and breakdowns and post-game press conferences. And yes, this goes for ALL teams playing Big Ten teams, too. We’re talking to you, Wildcats, Cardinals, Orange and Bearcats fans. Find the full schedule below in this post. This week “Big Ten Basketball and Beyond” airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, Thursday at 12:30 a.m. (Friday morning) and Friday at 12:30 a.m. ET (Saturday morning). Again, we’ll also have

Who's announcing your Sweet 16 game?

Four Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, which tips Thursday. Three of the teams — Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — play Thursday, while Indiana is in action Friday. The times and opponents are known, but what about the announcing teams for the games? Those have been announced, too, and you can find them in this post. Oh, and here’s the interactive NCAA bracket. THURSDAY East Semifinal: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Syracuse Time, Network: 7:15 PM ET, CBS Announcers: Verne Lundquist & Bill Raftery Reporter: Lesley Visser West Semifinal: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 1 Michigan

Pulse: Indiana's Sheehey joins the show

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Mateen Cleaves set the table for the Sweet 16, which includes four Big Ten teams (see the NCAA bracket). The crew also discussed another memorable Draymond Green performance and the highly anticipated rematch between Indiana and Kentucky. Speaking of the Hoosiers, Will Sheehey, who hit the game-winning shot vs VCU, joined the guys to talk about the team’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2002. Watch the full interview now. Don’t forget to follow The Pulse on Twitter: @BTNThePulse.

Ex-Badger Butch wins weekly NBDL honor

Former Wisconsin basketball player Brian Butch was one of two guys named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played March 12-18. The former BTN contributor — yes, he can blog, too — averaged 19 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in leading the Bakersfield Jam to two wins. As you might guess from the stats, Butch posted a pair of double-doubles. On the season, in eight games, he is averaging 18.4 points and 12 rebounds. Butch, nicknamed the “Polar Bear,” is no stranger to success in the D-League. After all, he claimed MVP honors of the 2010

Big Ten Teams vs. Sweet 16 Field

For the first time since 1999 and the third time since the field expanded in 1985, the Big Ten has four teams in the Sweet 16. Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all made it through the first weekend of the tournament, meaning each is two wins away from the Final Four, four from claiming the national title. The competition only gets stiffer the rest of the way, of course, so it’s important to consider what these teams did against elite foes. See how the Big Ten’s remaining teams fared this season vs. the Sweet 16 field in this