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Wisconsin bows out in battle of clutch shots

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

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Traevon Jackson has hit a number of big shots this season for the Badgers. The guy was money. The guy was clutch. But he didn’t have his magic touch on this night. Jackson missed a key free throw and potential game-winning shot that proved fatal in the dying moments of Wisconsin’s 74-73 loss to Kentucky in a national semifinal game.

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Dienhart: Unfinished business for Michigan State

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Michigan State vs. U-Conn - 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Analysis

And just like that, Michigan State’s season is over. Finished. Kaput. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. But, in some ways, this seems like a fitting end to season that forever will be marked by what-ifs.

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Dienhart: Michigan should be 'confident, cocky'

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Tournament-Ohio State vs Michigan

Ohio State vs Michigan - Top Plays

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan comes at foes in waves. Ready or not, here come the Wolverines. And, god bless if you aren’t ready, because you’ll be run off the floor, up the ramp and out the door. The start of today’s game with Ohio State was a perfect example. There was …

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Dienhart: Offense wins this one for Spartans

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Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The credentials of the Michigan State defense have been well-chronicled in 2013. We’ve all heard and seen the numbers recited. The unit entered today’s game No. 1 in the nation in total defense (210.2 ypg), No. 1 in rushing defense (43.4 ypg), No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating), No. 1 in first downs defense (12.7 pg) … and on and on it goes.

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Dienhart: Minnesota 'thriving' sans its leader

KJ Maye

Nebraska at Minnesota - Football Highlights

This was a program-defining win for Minnesota under Jerry Kill’s watch. But really, it was much more than that. The Golden Gophers’ 34-23 upset victory over No. 24 Nebraska was a testament to the foundation that Kill has laid since arriving in the Twin Cities in 2011. It also embodied the toughness Kill possesses as a coach and in his fight to control his epilepsy.

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Dienhart: 5-2 Wisconsin still has a lot to play for

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Wisconsin at Illinois - Football Highlights

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – There is gonna come a time in, say, February or March when Wisconsin fans are gonna wonder: What if? What if the Badgers hadn’t been rooked by the refs at Arizona State? What if the Badgers had found a way to win at Ohio State?

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Dienhart: Nothing was going to stop OSU on this night

Carlos Hyde

Ohio State at Northwestern - Football Highlights

EVANSTON, Ill. — There were lead changes, momentum shifts and rain … lots of rain. And, in the end, there was one big win for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ 40-30 victory over Northwestern not only solidifies their status as king of the Big Ten, it also keeps them unbeaten and still squarely in the national title hunt.

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Dienhart: 'This was a big step back' for Nebraska

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA at Nebraska - Top Plays

UCLA made it look easy. Too easy. And that’s not a good thing for Nebraska. This was supposed to be the Cornhuskers’ chance to show the world that the 2013 team was different from last year’s squad.

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Dienhart: Gary Andersen 'perfect fit' at Wisconsin

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Stave to Abbrederis, Again!

MADISON, Wis. – Coaches usually want to get the first game behind them. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen was no different. The Jitters, the unknown. Just get here and get over. Now. This not only was the first game of the 2013 season—it also was his first game as Badgers coach.

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Dienhart: 'Paint this season a success'

Trey Burke

Trey Burke Talks NCAA Championship Loss

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s trip to the national championship game was further validation of the Big Ten’s greatness this season. But, without this journey to the summit of college basketball, I don’t think that would have been true.

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Dienhart: 'End of one era, beginning of another'

Barry Alvarez

Stanford vs. Wisconsin - Rose Bowl Highlights

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to motivation, few push buttons better than Barry Alvarez. Heading into the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Alvarez had bracelets made for players that read “I’m In” and “I’m On.” But the players had to earn the rubber jewelry through their position coach.

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