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Dienhart: Badgers punch their Final Four ticket

Frank Kaminsky was on fire. The big fella was balling like he owned the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Shooting, spinning, driving, dunking, posting up and dominating. It was impressive. When the smoke had cleared, the 7-0 junior had scored 28 points with 11 rebounds. Kaminsky was simply unstoppable. But more vital: The No. 2 Badgers are headed to the Final Four with a 64-63 overtime win vs. No. 1 Arizona in the West Region final. [ MORE: Wisconsin edges Arizona, earns spot in Final Four ] On Sunday, Michigan State (No. 7 UConn) and Michigan (No. 8 Kentucky) will

Wisconsin edges Arizona, earns spot in Final Four

(AP) Wisconsin bumped and grinded its way into the Final Four. Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona in the West Region final Saturday night. The Badgers (30-7) advanced to their first Final Four appearance since 2000 on Saturday night, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that came just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West

Elite Eight preview: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Arizona

(AP) Sean Miller has been on Bo Ryan’s radar since the mid-1970s. That’s when the future Arizona coach came to Madison, Wis., for the first time at Ryan’s behest. Miller was a 9-year-old hot shot point guard, and Ryan was a Wisconsin assistant looking for some juice to enliven a night designed to drum up interest in Badgers basketball. He called up Miller’s father, a coach who agreed to send his son from Beaver Falls, Pa., to help out. The young Miller donned a Superman cape made by one of the coaches’ wives and showed off his ball handling and

Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as

Big Ten Geeks: In the Zone

Wisconsin is one win away from Bo Ryan’s first-ever Final Four after destroying Baylor last night. The Badgers scored 1.11 points per possession, and frankly, it should have been higher. Baylor largely stuck to its zone all night long, but what a strange zone it was. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a zone where four players are on one side of the court—the side without the basketball: Baylor's zone D. Spacious. CC; @bomani_jones — Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 28, 2014 Koenig actually missed that wide-open 3, so it could have been worse. On the season, Wisconsin is generally

Dienhart: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor

No one saw this coming. In fact, it was too easy for Wisconsin. And now, the Badgers are off to their first Elite Eight since 2005 after a resounding 69-52 2in over Baylor. The Badgers’ game vs. the Bears in the Sweet 16 had many Wisconsin fans worried. Why not? No. 6 Baylor beat Nebraska by 14 and Creighton by 30 in its first two NCAA games. This team was hot, this team was on a roll and this team looked primed to end the Badgers’ season. [ MORE: Wisconsin cruises by Baylor in Sweet 16 matchup ] Didn’t happen—and

Aaron Rodgers visits UW locker room after Sweet 16 win

What does a star NFL quarterback do during the offseason? How about take in a Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game and celebrate with his team’s state school? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended the Badgers’ 69-52 win over Baylor on Thursday night, and he visited the locker room after the game to congratulate the team. He wasn’t wearing any noticeable Wisconsin gear, but we have no doubt that he was pulling for the Badgers. The video above and the pictures below are proof of that: So this guy showed up in the #Badgers locker room after the game &

Wisconsin cruises by Baylor in Sweet 16 matchup

(AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12). The 7-foot Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone defense that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor’s talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years

#BTNLive asks: Who is Wisconsin's key player tonight?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which player is most important to Wisconsin’s success tonight? The choices:  #BTNBrust, #BTNDekker, #BTNJackson or #BTNKaminsky. How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page ( and post your chosen hashtag there. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter

One writer's NCAA Tourney all-region teams

Hello, Sweet 16! The first three rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are in the books. Three Big Ten teams remain in the field as Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin will attempt to stamp their ticket to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. Through three rounds of play, we have seen plenty of upsets, as well as outstanding individual and team performances. I’ve watched as many games I could, so here is a breakdown of my NCAA Tournament all-region teams, leading up to this week’s college hoops madness. There are plenty of familiar Big Ten names on this list.