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Tourney rewind: Watch 2013 NCAA games on BTN

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BTN gets fans ready for March Madness with a 2013 Tournament Rewind next Monday through Wednesday, featuring replays of last season’s most exciting NCAA Tournament games involving Big Ten teams. Four Big Ten men’s basketball teams reached the Sweet 16, two advanced to the Elite Eight, and after an incredible run, Michigan came up just shy of winning the National Championship.

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Six B1G teams in latest ESPN tournament bracket

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Stephen Bardo on his Power Rankings

With so many Big Ten programs constantly beating up on each other this season, how many teams from the conference will receive bids in this year’s NCAA Tournament? That has been one of the most popular questions among Big Ten hoops fans this season.

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Dienhart: 'Paint this season a success'

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Trey Burke Talks NCAA Championship Loss

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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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Quick Hit: Michigan denied first title since 1989

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With Trey Burke saddled with foul trouble, Michigan was fueled in the first half by none other than Spike Albrecht, who had 17 points. Yes, 17 points. That helped the Wolverines hold a 38-37 halftime cushion, although it could have been more as they led by as many as 12 points. But Louisville turned up the heat in the second half, outscoring Michigan, 45-38, and holding Albrecht scoreless to win its third national championship (1980 and 1986).

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Twitter: Spike Albrecht this, Spike Albrecht that

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Trey Burke Speaks with Reports After Returning to Ann Arbor

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America, Spike Albrecht. Spike Albrecht, America. The Michigan freshman introduced himself to the nation with an out-of-this-world first half, in which the guard hit 6-of-7 shots and scored a career-high 17 points. His previous best entering the night: Seven. Check out the entertaining Twitter reaction to Albrecht’s unexpected first-half performance.

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Gallery: 2013 NCAA national title game

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Throughout tonight’s Michigan-Louisville NCAA title game, we posted all the best photos from the Georgia Dome in this post. Whether it was a shot of fans or celebrities, or of the action on the floor, you can find it in this photo gallery, courtesy USA Today Sports.

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Video: Pregame NCAA championship game interviews

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Jimmy King at the NCAA Championship Game

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On tonight’s “BTN at the Final Four” prior to the NCAA title game, BTN host Dave Revsine and analyst Jim Jackson sat down with former “Fab Five” member Jimmy King, Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson and former Wolverine Zack Novak. Watch the King interview here and check out the other three in this post.

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Dienhart: 9 keys to a Michigan victory tonight

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Trey Burke Gearing Up for Championship

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Michigan will take on Louisville tonight, looking for the school’s first national title since the Wolverines knocked off Seton Hall in overtime in 1989. I’ve watched every Michigan game this tournament pretty closely, and plenty more during the regular season. Here are my nine keys to victory for No. 4 seed Michigan tonight vs. No. 1 seed Louisville.

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Michigan fans make fun Final Four videos

A good number of Michigan fans have taken to using Vine to make short videos during this NCAA tournament run. Michigan’s basketball team (@umichbball) is leading the way with a number of insider videos. What is Vine? Vine is an app that records six seconds of video and posts it on an endless loop to your Twitter account. Six seconds? Yes, six seconds. We scooped up a bunch from this past weekend and posted them.

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Video: Michigan talks NCAA title game

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Mitch McGary Gearing Up for Championship

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Michigan will battle Louisville in the NCAA championship game at 9:23 p.m. ET Monday at the Georgia Dome. How are the Wolverines feeling the day before playing for the program’s first NCAA title since 1989?

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Quick Hit: McGary continues amazing breakout

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Burke scored just seven points, but Michigan used a balanced attack to dispatch Syracuse on Saturday night and advance to Monday’s national title game vs. Louisville. Tim Hardaway Jr. (13 points), Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III (10 points) carried the offensive load as Michigan helped John Beilein record his first victory over Jim Boeheim in 10 tries.

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Gallery: Michigan downs Syracuse in national semi

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It’s official: Michigan will play for its first national championship since 1989. The Wolverines downed Syracuse, 61-56, in Saturday night’s national semifinal at the Georgia Dome to advance to the national championship game. Michigan will face top overall seed Louisville on Monday night. Check out our photo gallery from Saturday night’s game.

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Video: Izzo, Miles join us to talk Final Four

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Tom Izzo at the Final Four

Leading up to Saturday night’s Michigan-Syracuse semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Nebraska coach Tim Miles stopped by the BTN set to talk about their teams and the Final Four. Watch the Izzo interview now and find the Miles one in this post.

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Gallery: Iowa off to first NIT title game

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Iowa knocked off future Big Ten rival Maryland, 71-60, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to advance to the program’s first NIT title game. The Hawkeyes, who received a game-high 21 points from white-hot Devyn Marble, play Baylor on Thursday night for the NIT championship. Check out our photo gallery from Tuesday’s win over the Terps in this post.

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Michigan has lots in common with 1989 title team

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Wolverines Discuss Heading to the Final Four

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Of the seven Big Ten teams selected for the NCAA tourney back on March 17, I didn’t think Michigan would be the last one standing. Not by a long shot. But, here are the Wolverines, heading to Atlanta for the school’s first Final Four since it made back-to-back runs in 1992 and 1993 behind the “Fab Five.”

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Video: Bacari gives another literal pep talk

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Bacari Alexander Pregame Pep Talk

Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters.

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