Men's Basketball

Tourney Preview: A closer look at Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers forward Jared Berggren (40) shoots a free throw as his team plays the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 65-55. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Talking NCAA #4 Seeds

It’s Day 2 of my Big Ten men’s basketball NCAA previews, and here I look at Wisconsin as it prepares for Thursday’s opener against Montana. Want to know a little bit more about Montana? My colleague Brent Yarina answers that question while I give you my Badgers review further down in this post. Use the bracket and the BTN scoreboard to track all of the action this tournament.

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Big Ten Headlines: On Hoops & Football

Michigan State Spartans pose for a team photo with the trophy after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the final round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 68-64. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: March 13th Morning Edition

In today’s links we take a look at what some think the previous Illinois athletic director would have done with Bruce Weber. Plus, Michigan State’s men’s basketball team has incredible chemistry, but is that enough for the Spartans? Purdue’s shooting is heating up just in time. Could the Nebraska men’s basketball job search be warming up, too? And let’s shift gears to football where one writer reports linebacker is the deepest position on the Michigan team. Lots of others links plus the Big Ten Blast video, too.

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NIT: What's next for Hawkeyes, Wildcats & Gophers

Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

Three Big Ten men’s teams got NIT slots and two of them play tonight. No. 7 seed Iowa hosts No. 2 seed Dayton and No. 4 seed Northwestern faces visiting No. 5 seed Akron. No. 6 seed Minnesota plays at No. 3 La Salle on Wednesday.

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Final Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Big Ten Basketball Images of the Year

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The NCAA tourney tips Tuesday night, meaning it’s time to release my final 2012 Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below.

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Meet Purdue's opponent: Saint Mary's

Matthew Dellavedova

NCAA Tournament Preview: Purdue

For the sixth consecutive season, Purdue is back in the NCAA tournament, this time as a No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. The Boilermakers take on WCC tourney champ and No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s at 7:27 p.m. ET Friday night. Before the game tips off in Omaha, Neb., web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Gaels. A little sampling: Did you know a former Northwestern big man is a reserve for the Gaels? Meet Saint Mary’s in this post.

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Meet Michigan's opponent: Ohio

Walter Offutt

NCAA Tournament Preview: Michigan

Fresh off claiming a share of the Big Ten regular season title, along with Michigan State and Ohio State, Michigan earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. The Wolverines face No. 13 Ohio at 7:20 p.m. ET Friday night. Before the game tips off in Nashville, Ten., web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Bobcats. A little sampling: Did you know a former Ohio State assistant is the head guy at Ohio? Meet the Bobcats in this post.

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