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See Tom Dienhart's Naismith Player and Coach of the Year votes

Ballots for the Naismith Player and Coach of the Year went out recently. And, per usual, there are some difficult choices. The options for Player of the Year are: Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor The Coach of the Year choices are: Virginia’s Tony Bennett Kentucky’s John Calipari Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan Villanova’s Jay Wright I gave my Player of the Year vote to Kaminsky. Yes, cases can be made for the other options, but Kaminsky is the centerpiece on one of the best teams in

NCAA Tournament recap: Michigan State, Wisconsin advance to Sweet 16

Sixteen teams remain, and Michigan State and Wisconsin are two of them following Sunday’s NCAA regional quarterfinals. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tourney coverage ] The seventh-seeded Spartans eliminated No. 2 Virginia for the second straight season to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year, while the top-seeded Badgers ousted No. 8 Oregon for the second straight season to move on to their fourth regional semifinal in the last five years. Iowa and Maryland lost their regional quarterfinals, falling to Gonzaga (87-68) and West Virginia (69-59), respectively. Catch up all of Sunday’s NCAA tournament action

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Badgers top Oregon, advance to Sweet 16

Bo Ryan and Wisconsin are getting used to these Sweet 16 berths. The Badgers held off Oregon, 72-65, in Sunday night’s West Region quarterfinals to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Get Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win over Oregon below. [ MORE: Check out our NCAA tournament coverage ] The star: Joseph Young, Oregon. Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead a balanced Wisconsin attack, but the Pac-12 Player of the Year had 30 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. The rest of the Ducks had 35 points.

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes trolls NCAA tourney stenographer

But seriously – have you ever seen the magical powers of a stenographer? pic.twitter.com/36exonv2CG — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 21, 2015 If you don’t already know it, Nigel Hayes is one of the Big Ten’s top personalities. He delighted last season with the whole Nigel Burgundy series. As a freshman, mind you. And he’s always one of the most engaging and entertaining interviews. Hayes proved this once again Saturday during Wisconsin’s press conference to preview its Round of 32 game vs Oregon. When a reporter asked Hayes about his improved 3-point shot, he decided to have some fun, using a

Who were Big Ten's biggest stars in NCAA tourney's opening games?

The Big Ten went 5-2 in its NCAA tournament opening games Thursday and Friday. The two losses were close ones, too, as Purdue lost by one in overtime to Cincinnati and Indiana fell by five to Wichita State. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] All in all, it was a strong opening effort by the Big Ten. Now, it’s time to see what the conference can do Round of 32 games. Before those games tip off, though, I wanted to highlight the Big Ten’s top individual performers from the opening round. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The