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On this day: Michigan won 1989 NCAA crown

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 NCAA men’s basketball title. It was on April 3, 1989, that Rumeal Robinson hit those two memorable free throws to help Michigan outlast Seton Hall, 80-79, in overtime of the NCAA final. It was an amazing run for the Wolverines, who claimed their first crown despite having “Michigan Man” Steve Fisher take over as head coach days before the tourney following Bill Freider’s decision to accept the Arizona State post. Twenty-five years later, it’s time to celebrate the silver anniversary of the 1989 Michigan title. Remember this SI cover, Michigan fans? Of

Jared Sullinger

Merriman: Ranking Big Ten's McDonald's All-Americans

The 37th annual McDonald’s High School All-American game is set to take place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET at the United Center. The game will feature three future Big Ten players in James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland), all of who will play for the East Team. The McDonald’s All-American game is known as being the most prestigious high school all-star game around, bringing together the top prep players in the nation for one night of exciting hoops action. There is a long list of former Big Ten standouts who have participated in this

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NBA draft analyst weighs in on Big Ten prospects

Three Big Ten players have announced they are going pro, including Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross. Other Big Ten stars have a decision looming, and the deadline is April 27. Who will stay, and who will go? I asked NBA draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his Big Ten draft thoughts. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart offers his Big Ten NBA draft predictions ] BTN.com: What do you think of LaQuinton Ross and Noah Vonleh’s decisions to leave for the NBA? Ed Isaacson: Neither is ready, but both could go to situations

Joey King

Is NIT final better than one-and-done NCAA trip?

Minnesota’s NIT semifinal overtime win over Florida State on Tuesday night wasn’t a thing of beauty. But, it doesn’t matter. The triumph means that the Golden Gophers will play SMU for the NIT title on Thursday night. If Minnesota beats SMU, it would give the school 25 wins, which would be second most in school history behind only the 1996-97 squad that won 31 games (later vacated). And it also would give Richard Pitino more wins in his first year as a coach than any other active Big Ten coach achieved during their maiden voyage at their current school. It’s

Vote for the best BTN Big 10K race shirt

There’s still time to enter the BTN Big 10K event in Chicago on Saturday, July 26. You can do that right here. Here’s what else you can do: Vote for your favorite BTN Big 10K school-themed race shirt. When you sign up, you can choose a unique, school-specific technical T-shirt inspired by the football jerseys of your favorite Big Ten team. Use the poll below to vote for your favorite look. We’re determining votes by hashtag. If you use a hashtag on Twitter or post any of the 14 hashtags on the BTN Big 10K Facebook page, we’ll count that

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Dienhart: How Wisconsin made it to Final Four

When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others. Wisconsin? The Badgers were supposed to be good—they always are under Bo Ryan, never finishing lower than fourth place. But Ryan’s club has taken things to another level this season during an unexpected march to the Final Four as a No. 2 seed after going 12-6 in the Big Ten. At one point this season, Wisconsin was 4-5 in Big Ten play. Look at the Badgers now.

Video: Richard Pitino's NIT title speech to Gophers

Minnesota didn’t make the NCAA tourney, but it compiled one of the better seasons in team history. The Gophers set a record for wins in a single season (25) on their way to claiming their third NIT crown. Not bad for a team with a first-year coach and a revamped roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tourney a season ago. Speaking of the first-year coach, Pitino gave a tremendous locker room speech to his players, which you can watch above. One of his biggest messages? That would be this: “Do not let anybody tell you

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Read today's 10 Big Ten headlines

Lots of excitement in the Dairy State, as Wisconsin gears up for its first trip to the Final Four since 2000. And that also has stirred memories of the coach who led the Badgers there: Dick Bennett. Yes, his style wasn’t always exciting. But the guy could coach. I miss him. Wisconsin isn’t the only Big Ten hoops team still playing. Minnesota topped Florida State last night to advance to the NIT title game, where the Gophers will face Larry Brown and SMU. What’s a bit ironic is the fact Minnesota has been motivated by a 26-point loss to Wisconsin

Photo: Final Four-bound Badgers make SI cover

Headed to its first Final Four since 2000, the Wisconsin Badgers grace this week’s Sports Illustrated. Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky are featured on one of the magazine’s four regional covers leading up to the Final Four. Wisconsin’s cover is a terrific reaction shot of the team’s celebration after topping No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Region final. See the cover in this post. [ MORE: Wisconsin to get hometown TV crew for national semis ] Mama, we made it. #Badgers #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/460c0AKixG — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 2, 2014 About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers

Big Ten Geeks: Fouling Up Three

Minnesota avoided a crushing end to the season by pulling out a tight win over Florida State in Tuesday’s NIT semifinal. With the Gophers missing center Elliott Eliason and facing a massive front line, this one played out how you might have expected. Florida State dominated the glass and the paint, while Minnesota rode significant advantages on turnovers and threes. It was the really the latter – the three-point shot – that won this game for the Gophers, as they knocked down 45 percent of their frequent attempts. That perimeter accuracy was massively important, as Minnesota could do nothing inside. The shorthanded