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Dienhart: Will they stay, or will they go to NBA?

Ohio State already has seen junior LaQuinton Ross opt to turn pro. Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh also is out the door. Ross looks like a second-rounder; Vonleh a lottery selection. What other Big Ten players may bolt? Players have until April 27th to make a decision. Here’s a look at the other seven Big Ten players who appear most likely to have a big decision to make soon. Branden Dawson, Michigan State, Jr. There are few more dynamic athletes than Dawson, who plays bigger than his 6-6, 225-pound dimensions. He’s strong, tough, aggressive and athletic with an impossibly long wing

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Dienhart: Big guys lead Spartans to big win

Thank goodness for Michigan State big men Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. Without that dynamic duo, Michigan State would have been sent packing tonight. But the Spartan tandem led the way in an emotional 61-59 win vs. No. 1 Virginia that advances Michigan State to the Elite Eight to play No. 7 UConn with a spot in the Final Four on the line. [ MORE: Michigan State tops Virginia in Sweet 16 thriller ] Dawson and Payne saved their best for last, excelling in crunch time on a night when few other MSU players stepped up. Keith Appling had two

One writer's NCAA Tourney all-region teams

Hello, Sweet 16! The first three rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are in the books. Three Big Ten teams remain in the field as Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin will attempt to stamp their ticket to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. Through three rounds of play, we have seen plenty of upsets, as well as outstanding individual and team performances. I’ve watched as many games I could, so here is a breakdown of my NCAA Tournament all-region teams, leading up to this week’s college hoops madness. There are plenty of familiar Big Ten names on this list.

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Top 5 Big Ten efforts of NCAA opening weekend

One weekend of the NCAA tourney down, and the Big Ten has three teams in the Sweet 16. The teams: Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Before the Sweet 16 tips, it’s time to look back at the Big Ten’s top five performances of the first two rounds. Who takes the top spot? It has to be Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, who poured in a career-high 41 points in the Spartans’ NCAA opener. [ MORE: Dienhart: Could three Big Ten team make Final Four? ] 5. Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson, vs. American. All of the Badgers got off to a slow start

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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 3

Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the

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B1G Tourney:'s all-Friday team

College basketball fans were treated to another outstanding day of the Big Ten tournament. In addition to some great games, we had plenty of exceptional individual performances on the hardwood. With four more games in the book and an exciting semifinal round set up for Saturday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman provide their all-Friday team from Day Two of the tourney. [ MORE: Which team impressed the most in Friday’s semifinals? ] DIENHART’S ALL-FRIDAY TEAM:  Ben Brust, Wisconsin. He notched a career-high 29 points, more than any other player on this day. The sharp-shooting guard

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Branden Dawson breaks hand, out four-to-five weeks

Injuries have been an ongoing issue for Michigan State’s men’s basketball team this season, but this one is the most bizarre of them all. MSU junior forward Branden Dawson will miss four-to-five weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand. Dawson said the injury was caused after slamming his hand on a table in frustration during a Thursday morning film session. [ MORE: Most pivotal player for every B1G hoops team ] Senior big man Adreian Payne has missed four straight games with a foot injury, which means the Spartans could be without their two starting forwards when they


Debate It: Who is the best team in the Big Ten?

The Big Ten basketball season is approaching the midway point and the conference picture is beginning to take form. Michigan (5-0) and Michigan State (7-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten, while Iowa is close behind at 4-1 and climbing up the national rankings. So, we ask, who is the best team in the Big Ten at this point? I debated that question with senior writer Tom Dienhart. [ MORE: Dienhart: Is Stauskas the Big Ten’s best shooter? ] Dienhart: It looks like a three-team race, with Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa a cut above

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Most pivotal player for every B1G hoops team

The college basketball season is just past the midway point, and the Big Ten picture is beginning to take shape. With five teams ranked in the latest polls, it’s clear the Big Ten is, once again, one of the nation’s elite conferences. The conference’s terrific star players have a lot to do with the Big Ten’s standing. But what about the players who aren’t household names, the all-important role players or glue guys who better their respective teams? Here is a list of the most pivotal player for every Big Ten hoops team, listed in order of the Big Ten

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Branden Dawson wows on two must-see dunks

Michigan State junior Branden Dawson is a high-flyer. We’ve known it for a few seasons, but a knee injury late in his freshman campaign has limited his opportunities to show off his athleticism. In Tuesday night’s win over North Florida, Dawson was at his best. And it all started right out of the gate, too. Like, on the opening tip. Watch Dawson’s two ridiculous dunks in this post. Here’s the dunk right off the tip: VIDEO: No better way to start a game than this. Thank you, @MSU_Basketball & Branden Dawson. #orvillemoment WATCH – — Michigan St. on BTN