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Quick hit: Indiana flexes,wins easily

This game basically was over at tipoff, as Indiana outclassed James Madison—which had to win a play-in game to advance—in every facet of the game. It was a nice tune-up for the Hoosiers, who were just 3-3 in their six games entering the Big Dance after getting bounced by Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney. Indiana shot very well, hitting 52 percent of its shots and 39 percent from 3-point range. And IU dominated on the glass, 40-29.

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No. 1 seed Indiana rolls past JMU

Freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana slam dunked its way to an 83-62 win over James Madison in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers (28-6) started fast and built a 33-point lead in the second half over the Dukes (21-15) and opened the tourney with a statement they intend to be around for a while.

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Illinois holds off Colorado to win

Illinois has been doing it the hard way all season. Why change just because it’s the NCAA tournament? After letting a big first-half lead slip away Friday, senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson bailed out the Illini with consecutive 3-pointers with 6 minutes to play and No. 7 seed Illinois pulled out a tough 57-49 win over No. 10 Colorado in the second round of East Regional of the NCAA tournament.

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Quick hit: Badgers' shooting goes cold

The Badgers never got into an offensive rhythm, shooting an abysmal 25 percent (15-of-59) overall and 23 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-30) in the 57-46 loss to Ole Miss. Credit Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, who deftly switched between a zone and man defense. That disrupted the Wisconsin shooters, who never got on track. The Badgers led at halftime, but Ole Miss ripped off 17-5 run early in the half to take a 47-41 lead with 3:26 left. The Rebels never looked back and cruised to victory.

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Ole Miss knocks off Wisconsin

Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half, leading 12th-seeded Mississippi past No. 5 Wisconsin 57-46 on Friday, giving the Rebels their first NCAA tournament win since 2002. For the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), the upset loss snaps a string of six straight first-game victories. Ole Miss (27-8) trailed 25-22 at halftime in the second-round game and Henderson, who led the Southeastern Conference with 20 points a game, had only two points on one-for-11 shooting.

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Another busy tourney day for Big Ten teams

Track all the NCAA tournament games and get TV info on our Big Ten scoreboard, and find the latest schedule of televised NCAA tournament press conferences for Big Ten teams on our BTN TV schedule page. After each game read our March Madness Quick Hits authored by BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, and check out his three keys for each Big Ten team before Friday’s games.

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Quick hit: Burke struggles but Michigan wins

The matchup between Trey Burke and South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters was much hyped but it  didn’t pan out, as both players struggled. Burke missed his first eight shots and didn’t sink his first bucket until the 12:46 mark of the second half. The sophomore hit just 2-of-12 shots and finished with a season-low six points, failing to reach double-figures for the first time this season. Still, No. 4 seed Michigan handled No. 13 seed South Dakota State, 71-56.

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Wolverines move on with 71-56 tourney win

Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Trey Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament victory over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night.

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Quick hit: Spartans roll over Valpo

The Spartans were too big, too athletic, too strong and just plain too good for the Crusaders in this second-round game. In fact, the final score is deceiving. This game wasn’t that close. Michigan State played one of its most complete games of the season, being especially dominating on the glass as it aims for a seventh Final Four appearance under Tom Izzo. 

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Spartans advance with 65-54 win

Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday. The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control.

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Photos: Spartans, Wolverines practice

We’ll be posting photo galleries throughout the NCAA Men’s Tournament for all of our teams. Here’s a look at rivals Michigan and Michigan State practicing ahead of both of their opening games.

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Watch Big Ten press sessions from tourney

Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go continues as we bring your the press conferences leading up to ganmes as well as the sessions right after games. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences. A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below.

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Cosmo puts 5 B1G players on hottest guys of tourney list

The Big Ten can fill any number of All-Big Ten-like teams. There’s the actual All-Big Ten teams, of course, and then there’s less official ones, such as this All-Big Ten underrated team. Cosmopolitan, the women’s magazine, has brought a different kind of team to the table. This one is “The Hottest Guys of March Madness 2013,” and it includes five Big Ten players.

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Iowa dispatches Indiana State in NIT opener

Devyn Marble scored 24 points, Aaron White added 11 with 13 rebounds and Iowa cruised past Indiana State 68-52 in the opening round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

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Purdue starts slow, recovers to drill Western Illinois

Purdue used its efficient offense to power past Western Illinois 81-67 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in the College Basketball Invitational.

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