Men's Basketball

Big Ten links: Let the NCAA Tournament games begin

Mar 16, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines players walk off the court after the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the First Four of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Dayton Arena. Michigan won 67-62.

Michigan advances to Friday's round

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After Michigan’s First Four win, more Big Ten men’s teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we’ve got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday’s news digest now.

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Dienhart: Where will the NCAA road end for each Big Ten team?

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There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.

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One-hour 'Journey' finale captures Big Ten men's tourney moments

Mar 5, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Bryn Forbes (5) hugs Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo during the second half of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Get a sneak peek at the final episode

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From the opening tip of the first game to the confetti cannon at the title game, “The Journey” shows you all of the ups and downs of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Wednesday night’s season finale at 8 p.m. ET. In the clip above, you’ll see Purdue’s anguish at losing the tourney title game as well as Michigan State’s elation over winning it.

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Big Ten links: What would a 68-team football bracket look like?

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If college football had a 68-team tourney like men’s hoops, how would the bracket look? Which big name reportedly interviewed for the Rutgers’ men’s basketball job? What kind of good news did Minnesota fans get recently? Let’s dive into Wednesday’s Big Ten football and basketball news digest.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 2 seed Michigan State

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There were many dubious seeds in the NCAA bracket when it was announced on Sunday. But perhaps no seed raised more eyebrows of surprise than Michigan State being slotted as a No. 2 in the Midwest. The Spartans, No. 2 in the AP poll, appeared to have the resume of a No. 1 seed coming off a Big Ten tourney title, winning nine in a row and 13 of their last 14 games since a three-game losing skid in mid-January.

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