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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

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin cruises by Coastal Carolina

Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Iowa rolls by Davidson in second round matchup

Aaron White finished with 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 83-52 victory over Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides his instant reaction here. The star: Aaron White looked like Larry Bird, doing seemingly anything he wanted vs. a mismatched Davidson squad that had absolutely no answer for the 6-9 senior. White hit 11-of-14 shots for 26 points. He also had six rebounds with two assists. Bottle and save this one, Aaron. The stat: The Hawkeyes dominated every aspect of this game. Iowa shot an impressive 50.7 percent from the

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Maryland able to hold off Valparaiso

Melo Trimble and Dez Wells each scored 14 points as Maryland held off Valparaiso 65-62 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction. The star: Melo Trimble was outstanding, registering a double-double. The freshman point man had 14 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing three assists and two steals. The stat: All season long, the Terrapins thrived at the free-throw line. And that continued today. Maryland hit 18-of-24 shots from the charity stripe (75.0 percent). Conversely, Valpo hit just 10-of-18 free-throw attempts (55.6 percent). And that negated the

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Indiana falls to Wichita State

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 24 points, but it was not enough as Wichita State defeated Indiana 81-76 in a second round NCAA Tournament matchup on Friday. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Yogi Ferrell did his part, notching 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-6 from 3-point land) with three assists. But it wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers to get by No. 7 Wichita State, as Shockers point man Fred VanVleet was better than Ferrell with a career-high 27 points. The stat: The Hoosiers were sloppy with the ball, losing the turnover battle 13-7. The Shockers were

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Spartans power through Georgia

[tweet https://twitter.com/marchmadness/status/578989433099149312] Michigan State did it again and won their opening game of the NCAA tournament by answering a late push from Georgia. The Spartans improved to 24-11. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice did his stuff with 15 points and six assists. Denzel Valentine had 16 points, six boards and six assists. And Branden Dawson finished with 14 points—all in the second half—with seven boards. But let’s give this honor to reserve guard Bryn Forbes, who hit 5-of-8 shots (3-of-6 from 3-point land) to finish with 14 points. The stat: Georgia beat

NCAA Tournament recap: Big Ten goes 4-1 in Friday's second round action

Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams played their NCAA tournament openers on Friday. Michigan State opened with a 70-63 win over Georgia, while Maryland held on to beat Valparaiso, 65-62, Iowa cruised by Davidson, 83-52, Wisconsin rolled past Coastal Carolina, 86-72, and Indiana fell to Wichita State, 81-76. Here’s our full live men’s tournament scoreboard: MIDWEST | WEST | EAST | SOUTH And here’s a daily Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard. Catch up on all five of Friday’s games here. MICHIGAN STATE 70, GEORGIA 63: BOX SCORE | PBP | RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at

Big Ten links: A look at the headlines after NCAA tourney's opening day

Ready for Day Two of the Big Dance after a dizzying opening salvo that included upsets and drama galore? The Big Ten went 1-1, with Ohio State winning in OT and Purdue losing a crusher in OT. Today, five Big Ten teams are up, led by No. 1 seed Wisconsin. SBNation.com lays out how the Badgers will win the national title. Hey, you’ve got to like Wisconsin’s chances. Let’s look at a bunch of Friday morning headlines in this post. Big game for Indiana today. BIG game. The Hoosiers open NCAA play vs. a very good Wichita State team. Will

Dienhart's rapid reaction: Cincinnati comes back to beat Purdue in OT

A.J. Hammons scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as Cincinnati snapped the Boilermakers’ 14-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament openers with a 66-65 win Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: A.J. Hammons played well, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. The junior hit 7-of-10 shots. At that rate, he should have been fed the ball more often. He only shot four free throws. Instead, Purdue time and again curiously tossed up 3-pointers despite showing no