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Ohio State stuns Arizona, moves on to Elite Eight

LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. Ross, the Buckeyes’ remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7), who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats’ late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February. Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points for Ohio State, and Aaron Craft added 13 before ceding the Buckeyes’ final shot to

IU must make Final Four or season falls short

How much more does Indiana have to achieve this season for it to be deemed a success? Or, have the Hoosiers already done enough? Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star recently wrestled with the conundrum. Hutchens, who has covered Hoosiers hoops for 15 years, thinks Indiana already has had a successful season based on what it has achieved: The program’s first outright Big Ten title since 1992-93 and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, among other things, are proof of a job already well done this season. That, of course, is preposterous. This team must reach the Final Four—it

Big Ten Geeks: Inside Friday's Sweet 16 battles

Recently we previewed Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games involving Big Ten teams. Today, we look at Friday’s matchups for the two representatives from the Great Lakes State. Tonight’s games: Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 p.m. ET, then Michigan State vs. Duke, approx. 9:45 pm ET, Indianapolis, IN Friday Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 pm ET, Arlington, TX This matchup is fascinating. Kansas sports the nation’s best two-point defense, led by shotblocker extraordinaire Jeff Withey, while Michigan’s vaunted offense led the Big Ten in two-point shooting. Will Withey’s presence stifle the Beilein offense, or will the emergence of Mitch McGary as an offensive rebounding beast force the

Off to New York: Iowa downs UVA, advances to NIT semis

Devyn Marble scored 24 points and Iowa ended Virginia’s 19-game home winning streak with a 75-64 victory in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday night, earning the Hawkeyes a trip to Madison Square Garden. Marble’s 3-pointer with 13:02 to play gave Iowa (24-12) a 42-41 lead and sparked a 19-5 run that also featured six points inside from Adam Woodbury and 3-pointers by Josh Oglesby and Zach McCabe. McCabe’s finished the run, putting the Hawkeyes ahead 58-46 with 5:18 to play. MSG BABYYY!!!! #gohawks — Mike Gesell (@mikegesell10) March 28, 2013 On to MSG with my family .. #Hawkeyes —

Watch NCAA press events for Spartans, Wolverines

BTN/BTN2Go is airing the live coach and player press conferences for Michigan, Michigan State and their opponents on Thursday. In between those live sessions, BTN also airs two special compilation episodes “The Journey 2013” that highlight the Wolverines and the Spartans from the past season of the show. Find the full schedule for Thursday’s BTN/BTN2Go schedule in this post. And if you won’t be near a TV with BTN on Thursday afternoon, use BTN2Go to watch our TV network wherever you if your cable and satellite companies have agreed to carry it. Now, here’s the rundown for Thursday afternoon’s special slate of programming (all times ET): THURSDAY’S TV PRESS CONFERENCE

Can Big Ten get 4 Final Four teams?

Could the Big Ten advance four teams to the Final Four? It’s a question that has been kicked around since the NCAA field was whittled to 16 teams on Sunday night. And with a Big Ten team still in each region, it’s possible: No. 1 Indiana is in the East; No. 2 Ohio State in the West; No. 3 Michigan State in the Midwest; No. 4 Michigan in the South. The likelihood of it happening may be slim. Why? It’s never happened before. The Big East advanced three teams to the Final Four in 1985: Georgetown, St. John’s and Villanova,

Q&A: Chambers talks Sweet 16, Penn State

On Wednesday night’s “Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was in studio to break down the Big Ten’s four Sweet 16 matchups and talk about his Nittany Lions. Watch Chambers on set now and see our Q&A with him in this post. People are talking about it, and it’s probably not very likely, but how likely is an All-Big Ten Final Four? Chambers: I think it is likely. I think the Big Ten, with the way its playing defense and how well the four teams are playing, I think there’s a very good

Dienhart: Big Ten Sweet 16 previews

The dust has cleared and only 16 teams are standing in the NCAA tourney—four of them are Big Ten schools. The league more than acquitted itself in the opening three rounds of the Big Dance, forging a 10-3 mark from the seven teams that competed. No. 5 Wisconsin was the only Big Ten team that failed to win a game, falling to Ole Miss. No. 11 Minnesota (UCLA) and No. 7 Illinois (Colorado) each won a game before falling to Florida and Miami (Fla.), respectively, in the third round. No. 1 Indiana, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan State

Watch NCAA tourney pressers live on BTN

Just as BTN/BTN2Go did through the early rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, we’ll be airing live coach and player press conferences for all Big Ten teams and their opponents. Want to watch Indiana’s Tom Crean discuss Thursday’s matchup with Syracuse? Curious to see what Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim thinks of the Hoosiers? How about what Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Arizona’s Sean Miller have to say? We’ll have it all on Wednesday. In between those live Wednesday sessions, BTN also airs two special compilation episodes “The Journey 2013” that highlight Indiana and Ohio State from the past season of the show. Find the full

5 alive: Ranking top Big Ten duos still in action

Five Big Ten teams remain alive in the postseason. There’s Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney, and there’s Iowa in the NIT quarterfinals. All five teams – like most teams in action this time of year – boast terrific 1-2 punches. See how I rank the Big Ten’s remaining duos in this post. [ FACEBOOK POLL: Which B1G team still alive in the postseason has the best duo? ] 1. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo & Cody Zeller – Let’s see, this tandem includes two All-Big Ten first-teamers and one Naismith Award finalist