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Dienhart: Big Ten watches and waits for next national title

The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won

Dienhart: Early, early look at 2017-18 Big Ten Power Rankings

The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.

Caleb Swanigan, Ethan Happ earn 2017 AP All-America honors

The 2017 AP All-America team was released Tuesday, and Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan earned first-team honors. The Purdue star is joined on the team by Kansas' Frank Mason, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart and North Carolina's Justin Jackson.

Wisconsin in transition as successful seniors depart

Zak Showalter and Ethan Happ walked quietly down the middle of the court, arm in arm, away from Florida's celebration of a last-second victory. This NCAA Tournament loss is going to sting for a while for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Tourney recap: No. 4 Florida sinks No. 8 Wisconsin in OT thriller

Has your heart stopped racing yet? In what arguably has been the best game of the NCAA tourney so far, Wisconsin suffered a crushing 84-83 OT loss to Florida in this Sweet 16 clash after the Gators sunk a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.