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#BTNLive asks: How many teams should make playoffs?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many schools should qualify for the college football playoff?

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#BTNLive poll: Who's headed back to B1G title game?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which previous Big Ten Football Championship Game participant has the best chance to get the title game back next fall?

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Gallery: Top Big Ten images of NCAA tourney

The 2013-14 college basketball season is officially in the books after the UConn Huskies were crowned national champions on Monday night. Despite not having a team in the National Championship game, it was a memorable NCAA tournament for the Big Ten.

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Merriman: Here's how I rank Big Ten's NCAA wins

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

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There’s a reason they call it March Madness. No matter how hard we try to get it right every year, no matter how many times we pick a winner, change it, and then go back to it again, the NCAA tournament always leaves us with a bevy of unforeseen results. A 7 vs. 8 matchup in the championship game… Who could have possibly guessed that? But that’s what makes this tournament so enjoyable.

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Big Ten Geeks: The window is closing

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

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While the NCAA Tournament is without question a national treasure, the madness comes at a cost—sometimes, teams with a combined 18 losses will play for the right to credibly call themselves the best team in the country. For the most part we all play along, accepting that the bounces and breaks that necessarily play a large role in a single-elimination tournament do nothing more than lead us to the correct answer. It’s not random, it’s clutch. Or so we say.

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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team

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Frank Kaminsky Post-Game Interview

With Wisconsin’s heartbreaking national semifinal loss to Kentucky late Saturday night, the Big Ten’s 2013-14 hoops season is officially complete. It was a great season, one that saw three Big Ten teams make the Elite Eight. Now, it’s time for my All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team.

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Merriman: Top 10 B1G performances in the NCAA Tourney

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Traevon Jackson Talks Loss Against Kentucky

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Wisconsin’s season came to a close after a heartbreaking 74-73 loss to Kentucky in Saturday’s national semifinal matchup. The Badgers were the last team standing from the Big Ten, capping what was a memorable 2013-14 season for the conference.

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Video: Wisconsin reacts to Final Four loss

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Bo Ryan Talks Loss Against Kentucky

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Wisconsin’s NCAA run came to a heartbreaking end in a 74-73 semifinal loss to Kentucky on Saturday night. The Badgers led in the final seconds before Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison drilled a deep triple to give the Wildcats the lead. Watch all of our interviews with the Badgers following the narrow loss in this post.

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Photo: Aaron Harrison does it again, ousts B1G team

If Big Ten fans didn’t know Aaron Harrison’s name before last week, they sure do now. Harrison, the freshman Kentucky guard, drained ridiculously similar – and deep – game-winning 3-pointers to beat Michigan in the Midwest Region and Wisconsin in the national semis. Both shots came in the final seconds, both from the deep left wing, and both led Kentucky past the Big Ten. See how similar the shots were in this post.

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Photo: Montee Ball wears onesie at Final Four

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There was no shortage of Wisconsin royalty at the Badgers’ national semifinal game vs. Kentucky on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. NFL stars J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson were there, and so was 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball, among others. Unlike his former Wisconsin teammates and current NFL rivals, Ball was there in costume – in what looked like either a frog or alligator suit.

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Wisconsin bows out in battle of clutch shots

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky - 2014 NCAA Final Four Analysis

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Traevon Jackson has hit a number of big shots this season for the Badgers. The guy was money. The guy was clutch. But he didn’t have his magic touch on this night. Jackson missed a key free throw and potential game-winning shot that proved fatal in the dying moments of Wisconsin’s 74-73 loss to Kentucky in a national semifinal game.

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Twitter: Final Four 'Teamcasts' leave fans confused

Evidently, a lot of people did not get the memo that the Final Four was trying an experiment that included three telecasts of each Final Four game. There was the national crew on TBS and “Teamcasts” on TNT and truTV that were geared toward the teams’ fanbases. The confusion led to some really entertaining tweets; it even had Charles Barkley saying, “Some of you people are idiots,” at halftime. Watch Barkley.

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Kentucky sinks Wisconsin in Final Four thriller

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Frank Kaminsky Post-Game Interview

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(AP) Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to advance to the national championship game. The Harrison twins and all those Kentucky freshmen aren’t one and done just yet.

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Twitter: B1G fans' Wisconsin-Kentucky score predictions

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Bo Ryan Feature

Wisconsin faces Kentucky in the second national semifinal tonight at AT&T Stadium. Who will win the game? We went to Twitter to see what Big Ten fans thought, and the majority sees the Badgers winning a close one, thanks in large part to clutch free-throw shooting. See the very pro-Big Ten score predictions in this post.

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Video: Final Four media day interviews

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Bo Ryan Talks with BTN

It’s gameday! Before Wisconsin tips off its first Final Four since 2000, relive all of BTN’s interviews from Friday’s Final Four Media Day in Arlington, Texas. The Badgers, the No. 2 seed in the West Region, take on Kentucky, the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, at 8:49 p.m. ET.

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How do Badgers beat UK? Let's count the ways

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Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

It’s almost time to tip off at the Final Four, as No. 2 Wisconsin is carrying the Big Ten flag in pursuit of the conference’s first national championship since 2000. Here’s a look at seven keys for the Badgers if they want to beat this white-hot Kentucky team that entered the Big Dance as a No. 8 seed but is playing like a No. 1 seed after starting the season as the preseason No. 1 team. Watch for these things during the game and see how they impact the outcome.

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Zach Bohannon takes selfie with every Final Four coach

Wisconsin reserve Zach Bohannon is taking advantage of his first trip to the Final Four. The senior spent Thursday walking around AT&T Stadium taking selfies of himself with each Final Four coach and other familiar faces. See Bohannon’s picture of him with Florida’s Billy Donovan UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and, of course, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan in this post.

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Geeks: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky preview

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As the lone Big Ten team still standing, Wisconsin has finally broken through for its first Final Four under Bo Ryan. Can the Badgers keep it going? We’ll find out Saturday night as Wisconsin will take on Kentucky in a national semifinal.

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On this day: Michigan won 1989 NCAA crown

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Big Ten Elite: 1989 Michigan Basketball

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 NCAA men’s basketball title. It was on April 3, 1989, that Rumeal Robinson hit those two memorable free throws to help Michigan outlast Seton Hall, 80-79, in overtime of the NCAA final. It was an amazing run for the Wolverines, who claimed their first crown despite having “Michigan Man” Steve Fisher take over as head coach days before the tourney following Bill Freider’s decision to accept the Arizona State post.

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Dienhart: How Wisconsin made it to Final Four

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Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others.

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Photo: Final Four-bound Badgers make SI cover

Headed to its first Final Four since 2000, the Wisconsin Badgers grace this week’s Sports Illustrated. Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky are featured on one of the magazine’s four regional covers leading up to the Final Four. Wisconsin’s cover is a terrific reaction shot of the team’s celebration after topping No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Region final. See the cover in this post.

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Badgers to get hometown TV crew for semifinal

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Bo Ryan - Final Four Press Conference

For the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament, fans will have a choice when it comes to the broadcasting crew for the Final Four. CBS Sports and TBS are conducting an television experiment for Saturday night’s semifinal games, one in which fans can choose between the national crew (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr), on TBS, and a hometown crew, on TNT and truTV.

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Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

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Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles.

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#BTNLive poll: Who will win NCAA hoops title?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which school will win the NCAA Men’s Basketball title?

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