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Dienhart's Best of the Big Ten Tournament

With 11 games over four days, there was a lot to watch and digest at the 15th Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. There were highs and lows as well as good and bad from the first game to the final game. My best player? Michigan State’s Draymond Green. The Big Ten player of the year had an encore performance, winning tourney MVP honors. Green didn’t enjoy his best scoring effort in the title game win, notching just 12 points, but he still had a big impact as a defender and grabbed a team-best nine boards. Bottom line: Green is a

Counting 'em down: B1G tourney's top plays

The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best

Michigan State drops Wisconsin, 65-52

No. 8 Michigan State went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well, which allowed the Spartans to grab a 65-52 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Trailing 20-9 with 9:44 to go in the first half, Michigan State (26-7) went on a 37-7 run to seize a 19-point advantage with 16:52 in the game. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more. Michigan State 65, Wisconsin 52: BOX | SCOREBOARD |

B1G tourney notes: Emotion, Food & Surprise Visitor

It’s Day 3 at the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which means we’re down to the semifinals. What’s going on around the tourney aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s filed another notebook. From emotional coaches to school-specific grub to familiar faces in attendance to a hole in the basket support, you can find it all in this post. LETTING THE EMOTIONS FLOW: Coaching is an emotional gig. It’s an occupation that requires guys to wear several hats on a daily basis: coach, teacher, father figure,

Wilson sparks Wisconsin to 79-71 win

Rob Wilson scored 30 points to lift No. 12 Wisconsin to a 79-71 win over No. 15 Indiana on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Both Wilson and Jared Berggren played well for Wisconsin (24-8). Wilson knocked down 11-of-16 shot attempts and tied a school record by making 7-of-10 from long range. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more. No. 4 Wisconsin 79,  No. 5 Indiana 71: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD | LIVE BLOG Tom Dienhart’s key Wisconsin player:

#B1Gtourney: Your Tweets on TV

Throughout BTN’s televised coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, our TV producers will monitor Twitter for the best Big Ten tweets and air the top ones on TV. Some of you may recall we’ve done something like this before. How do you get your fantastic tweet in front of our eyes? Use the hashtag #B1Gtourney. See how others are using it right now and send us your tweets all tournament. And if you don”t know by now, BTN is all over Twitter. See all of our accounts in this post. Follow @BigTenNetwork Follow @BTNTomDienhart Follow @BTNBrentYarina Follow @BTN_helpteam

B1G tourney notes: Food, IU, Barbasol & more

What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post. IT’S INDIANA: Sometime during Session II Thursday, media was given a sheet of paper that didn’t include box scores or projected starting lineups. It was the only one of its kind on a busy first day. What was it? A letter from the Big Ten Conference that let us know tickets

Friday's games roll on in Indianapolis

BTN covers Friday night’s quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis live on TV and online. Can’t get to a TV? Watch BTN games on BTN2Go. Learn more about BTN2Go here. Final: Michigan State 92, Iowa 75. After the game, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shared his thoughts on the firing of Illinois’ coach Bruce Weber. Also final: Wisconsin 79, Indiana 71.Tonight on BTN: Michigan vs. Minnesota and Ohio State vs. Purdue. Read the rest of this post for BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s previews and predictions for each game. Also we’re tracking all games with

Big Ten Tourney Quarterfinals set for Friday

BTN covers the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis live on TV and online. On Thursday, Matt Gatens sparked Iowa (17-15) past Illinois with 20 points and three rebounds. Then Indiana took full advantage of the stellar combination of Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls and beat Penn State, 75-58. Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins both helped Minnesota top Northwestern 75-68 in overtime while Purdue dropped Nebraska 79-61. We’re tracking all games with a live bracket, scores, video highlights, postgame press conferences, in-game updates, tweets and instant video analysis from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart. Follow our live blog again Friday with Dienhart,

Wrapping Up the Regular Season

Josh: It’s time to reflect on another season of Big Ten hoops. I think the rest of college basketball has finally taken notice of something that’s been true for the past 18 months or so–the Big Ten is the best conference in college basketball. Still, you look at the conference today, you see two great teams, 3 pretty darn good teams, a team good enough to make the Dance, and then mediocrity. Heck, even a couple of pretty bad teams. I mean, it’s hard to say the conference underachieved, but here goes–the conference underachieved. Sure, this is still the best