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Big Ten links: Illini bounced from NIT, 10 great NCAA moments & more

In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we look at Illinois' first-round knockout in the NIT. Plus, what's the status of Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson? And did you see this great list of ten top NCAA tourney videos? Get caught up on this morning's Big Ten headlines.

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Catch the season finale of 'The Journey' at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday

On the season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament chronicling all the moments from the teams’ arrivals to the final celebration. Watch a bonus scene from this week’s show to get a taste of all that our crew filmed last week. Then join us at Wednesday for the final episode of the 2015 season. Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and

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NCAA tournament capsule: Wisconsin Badgers, No. 1 West

A season after a memorable Final Four run, Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Like last season, the Badgers are in the West Region, and they could meet a couple of the same foes (Oregon and Arizona) on their way to another Final Four. Get my Wisconsin NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 1 WISCONSIN vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Bo Ryan NCAA record: 20-13. Made Final Four in 2014 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Kentucky in Final Four Best-case scenario: National championship. The Badgers already have a program record-tying

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NCAA tournament capsule: Maryland Terrapins, No. 4 Midwest

It was an incredible Big Ten debut for Maryland,which finished second en route to punching its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. The Terrapins, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest, open the tourney Thursday vs. No. 13 Valparaiso, one of five Indiana teams in the region. Get my Maryland NCAA capsule below. NO. 4 MARYLAND VS. No. 13 Valparaiso, Thursday, Louisville Mark Turgeon NCAA record: 5-5. Last tourney appearance: 2010, lost to Michigan State in second round Best-case scenario: Sweet 16. Enough with the belly-aching about the No. 4 seed. Yes, Maryland was jobbed and deserved a No. 3

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NCAA tournament capsule: Michigan State Spartans, No. 7 East

Michigan State is back in the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight season, tying the Big Ten record (Indiana, 1986-2003). Tom Izzo and the Spartans, the No. 7 seed in the East, draw No. 10 Georgia in their opening game Friday. Get my Michigan State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 10 Georgia, Friday, Charlotte Tom Izzo NCAA record: 42-16. Won national title in 2000; reached Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to eventual national champ UConn in regional final Best-case scenario: Final Four. The Spartans arrive on

Photo: Frank Kaminsky featured on this week's Sports Illustrated cover

This week's cover: @BadgerMBB's Frank the Tank http://t.co/qt6HgDaeTj pic.twitter.com/avdIYDgiqx — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2015 Add Sports Illustrated cover boy to Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky’s growing list of recent accolades. [ MORE: Read our Frank Kaminksy feature ] Kaminsky, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is featured on the cover of this week’s March Madness-centric edition. The photo features Kaminksy, standing in snow, with a tank behind him, a play on his “Frank the Tank” nickname. Wisconsin, the Big Ten regular season and postseason champ, earned its first No. 1 seed

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NCAA tournament capsule: Iowa Hawkeyes, No. 7 South

For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to

Big Ten links: NCAA bracket talk, spring player rankings & more

Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as