Men's Basketball

Settles: Three keys to Maryland-Michigan State Big Ten tourney semi

Jan 17, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) shoots a three point shot as Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) defends during the second half at Xfinity Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Michigan State Spartans 75-59. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Our analysts break down semifinal matchups

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It’s hard to believe that when Maryland and Michigan State faced off for the lone time in the regular season, on January 23 in East Lansing, the Terrapins were building a Final Four resume and the Spartans were riding a three-game losing streak, including two home losses. At the time, Michigan State was desperate for a win, let alone a signature win against an elite team.

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Four on the Floor: Big Ten tourney moves to semifinals

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Watch our Saturday's semifinals preview

And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday’s championship.

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Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: All-Friday team

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) makes a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Valentine talks about his big night

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The quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We saw an upset win by No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, blowout victories by Purdue and Michigan State in Games 2 and 3, and Maryland hold on to a win in the nightcap.

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