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Q&A: Come see how NCAA tourney selects teams

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Sorting Out the Bubble Teams

At 9 p.m. ET on Monday, BTN will air a 60-minute special “Inside the Selection Process.” Mike Hall hosts the show that takes fans inside the highly anticipated March ritual, from who’s in the room, to where the top seeds are headed and why, and to how Big Ten teams stack up this season.

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BTN to go inside NCAA tourney selection process

Greg Shaheen, who ran the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for 12 years, will join BTN host Mike Hall to take fans inside the tournament selection process, from who’s in the room to where the top seeds are headed and why, to how Big Ten teams stack up in 2013. The 60-minute special, Inside the Selection Process, airs at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

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Ohio State arrives home from Final Four

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Thad Matta: Final Four reaction

The Ohio State men’s basketball team had a terrific 2011-12 season, winning a share of its third consecutive Big Ten crown and advancing to the Final Four in New Orleans. While the Buckeyes fell to Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday (AP recap), the Ohio State faithful still greeted the team with a championship welcome home Sunday night at Value City Arena. Watch the team bus pull into the arena and hear the players thank the crowd in this post.

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Michigan State's Izzo, Green Win NABC National Awards

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Draymond Green were honored as the best in the nation by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Sunday night. Green became the third Spartan to earn National Player of the Year honors as he was named NABC Division I Player of the Year, while Izzo was named UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

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Big Ten Geeks: End of the Road

Ohio State’s season came to an end in the national semifinal in a close loss to Kansas. The Buckeyes led for the vast majority of this game, and most will probably remember the game as a great comeback by Kansas, but the truth is that Kansas played a much better game than Ohio State. Consider that the Buckeyes were held to 32 percent shooting on two-pointers for the game. Further, OSU was held to rebounding just a quarter of the available offensive rebounds.

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Tom Izzo: Ohio State-Kansas analysis

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Tom Izzo Thoughts on Ohio State in the Final Four

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, he of six Final Fours and one national championship, joined our crew of Dave Revsine, Gary Williams and Jim Jackson following Ohio State’s 64-62 loss to Kansas in the national semifinal Saturday night (AP recap). His thoughts: “God, it was a game that’s going to frustrate (Ohio State’s) coaching staff, because we’re sitting here now, 20 minutes after, and I still think they won in a lot of ways.” Watch Izzo’s entire segment with the BTN team now.

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Dienhart: Ohio State-Kansas Reaction

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DeShaun Thomas Final Four postgame reaction

Ohio State led by as many as 13 points in Saturday night’s national semifinal against Kansas, but it couldn’t hold on in a 64-62 defeat at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It was a heartbreaking defeat as Kansas’ rally marked the third-largest comeback in Final Four history. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his rapid reaction to the season-ending loss in this post.

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Twitter: OSU-Kansas in-game tweets

People love to multitask while watching sports these days. With that in mind, BTN.com was keeping an eye on Twitter for the best tweets during Ohio State’s narrow defeat to Kansas in the national semifinals on Saturday night (AP recap). See the best tweets in this post.

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Kansas rallies, stuns OSU in national semifinal

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Ohio State vs. Kansas - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

(AP) Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four. Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 – two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0.

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Final Four preview: Ohio State vs. Kansas

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Jared Sullinger in New Orleans

(AP) Welcome to “The Other Game” at the Final Four. OK, so, the Ohio State-Kansas matchup may not have the fantastic freshmen, the outspoken coaches or blood-feud story line of the opening semifinal between Kentucky and Louisville. But this one still should be worth a two-hour investment in front of the TV set Saturday night. Besides the chance to watch two top-line teams play for a spot in the national title game, the Buckeyes-Jayhawks game offers a rare opportunity to see two All-Americans going at it with everything on the line.

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Buford key to Ohio State's Final Four fate

William Buford

William Buford preps for the Final Four

(AP) When it comes to unpredictable, game-changing performers at a Final Four, most of the time the discussion revolves around a precocious freshman. Ohio State fans, however, have grown accustomed to warily keeping an eye on the Buckeyes’ lone senior. Which William Buford will show up?

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Moments along the way to the Final Four

Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas

Florida vs Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Ohio State is back in the Final Four for the first since 2007, when it advanced to the national championship game and lost to Florida. The 2011-12 journey was an up-and-down one. Along the way, the Buckeyes were ranked as high as No. 2 and also struggled through a 2-3 funk in February. But they were at their best when it mattered most, winning eight of their last nine en route to making the Final Four. Now that Ohio State is off to New Orleans for the national semis, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina takes a look back at the key moments and plays that have the Buckeyes in this position.

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NOLA Bound! Buckeyes advance to Final Four

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Ohio State vs. Syracuse - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

(AP) Jared Sullinger recovered from first-half foul trouble to score 19 points and grab seven rebounds, helping Ohio State beat Syracuse 77-70 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four. It will be the Buckeyes’ first trip to the NCAA semifinals since 2007. Deshaun Thomas scored 14 with nine rebounds for Ohio State (31-7), which led by eight points with 59 seconds to play and held on after the Orange cut it to three. The Buckeyes made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 68 seconds. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and get Tom Dienhart’s analysis in this post.

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End of the Road: Wildcats Knock Hoosiers Out

Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo (4) lays the ball up past Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) in the first half of the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana vs. Kentucky - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift Kentucky to a 102-90 win over Indiana on Friday at Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the Sweet Sixteen. Christian Watford had 27 points to lead the Hoosiers (27-9), whose comeback season ended two wins shy of the Final Four. Indiana, which won a total of 28 games the previous three seasons, has regained its usual place among the college basketball bluebloods. Full boxscore is here.

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Buckeyes ride Thomas, Sullinger into Elite Eight

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Three Big Ten teams entered Thursday night with hopes of staying alive in the NCAA Tournament but only one of them survived as Ohio State moved on to the Elite Eight while Michigan State and Wisconsin head home.We’ve got full box scores for all three games on our scoreboard page, and I’ll get ready for Friday night’s game between Indiana and Kentucky, too.

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Ohio State defeats Cincinnati, 81-66

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts in the second half of the semifinals in the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Cincinnati Bearcats at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State vs. Cincinnati - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Jared Sullinger scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out three assists as Ohio State defeated Cincinnati 81-66 on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston in the Sweet Sixteen. Deshaun Thomas had 26 pointsa nd six rebounds.

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Syracuse edges Wisconsin, 64-63

Wisconsin Badgers forward/center Jared Berggren (right) holds the ball away from Syracuse Orange forward Rakeem Christmas (25) in the first half of the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin vs. Syracuse - 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals. The Badgers had two shots at the win after Kris Joseph, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18.9 seconds left and the Orange leading by a point. Jordan Taylor came down and missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and Mike Bruesewitz’s toss with the rebound was off, at the buzzer.

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Louisville drops Michigan State, 57-44

Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) and Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) chase after the ball during the first half in the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewickel-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State vs. Louisville – 2012 NCAA Tournament Analysis

Louisville’s defense shut down Michigan State as the Cardinals upset the Spartans 57-44 Thursday at US Airways Center in Phoenix in the Sweet Sixteen. Scoring so few points is rare for Michigan State (29-8), a team that came in averaging 74.1 points per game this season.

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MSU, OSU, UW meet media, prep for Sweet 16

Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz

Most Intriguing Matchup

The Sweet 16 tips off Thursday night, with three Big Ten teams in action, which means players and coaches met the media and practiced at their respective arenas Wednesday. Ohio State and Wisconsin prepped for their games against Cincinnati and Syracuse, respectively, at TD Garden, while Michigan State got ready for Louisville at US Airways Center. See photos, courtesy of US Presswire, from all three teams in this post.

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BTN coverage includes live shows, press conferences

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Head to Saginaw with Draymond Green

With the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament about to arrive, here’s a good reminder of what you can find on BTN TV: Full game previews and breakdowns and post-game press conferences. And yes, this goes for ALL teams playing Big Ten teams, too. We’re talking to you, Wildcats, Cardinals, Orange and Bearcats fans. Find the full schedule below in this post.

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Who's announcing your Sweet 16 game?

Four Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, which tips Thursday. Three of the teams — Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — play Thursday, while Indiana is in action Friday. The times and opponents are known, but what about the announcing teams for the games? Those have been announced, too, and you can find them in this post. Oh, and here’s the interactive NCAA bracket.

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Big Ten Teams vs. Sweet 16 Field

Wisconsin's Ben Brust

Big Ten Blast: March 19th Afternoon Update

For the first time since 1999 and the third time since the field expanded in 1985, the Big Ten has four teams in the Sweet 16. Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all made it through the first weekend of the tournament, meaning each is two wins away from the Final Four, four from claiming the national title. The competition only gets stiffer the rest of the way, of course, so it’s important to consider what these teams did against elite foes. See how the Big Ten’s remaining teams fared this season vs. the Sweet 16 field in this post.

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Dienhart: Big Ten & Sweet 16 since 1985

Ohio State's William Buford

Four Big Ten teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen

All season, the computer rankings said that the Big Ten was the nation’s strongest conference. The league lived up to that hype through the first week of the NCAA tourney. Four of the six schools that received bids are still playing, with No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Indiana and No. 4 Wisconsin advancing the second weekend of the tourney. No. 4 Michigan fell in the second round to No. 13 Ohio, while No. 10 Purdue lost in the third round to No. 2 Kansas.

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