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Watch Badgers try to recreate Bronson Koenig game-winner

It’s safe to assume children all over Wisconsin will try to recreate Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night the next time they hit the court. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Heck, even Koenig’s teammates are doing it. Wisconsin reserves Matt Ferris and Aaron Moesch playfully attempted to match Koenig’s heroics Monday at the Kohl Center. They failed, but mostly because the whole purpose of the video was to provide comedic relief. Mission accomplished. Watch the video in the tweet above. *** Here is Koenig’s buzzer-beater, if you missed it.

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; The Indiana Hoosiers bench reacts in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: 16 Big Ten things to know for the Sweet 16

The 2016 NCAA tourney has been an exhilarating ride so far, with upsets and last-second shots bringing America to its knees while clutching its chest. The Big Ten has three schools that have survived and advanced to the Sweet 16: No. 5 seeds Maryland and Indiana, along with No. 7 Wisconsin. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | Maryland-Kansas preview | Wisconsin-Notre Dame preview ] Here are 16 things to know before tipoff. 1. Indiana and North Carolina have some juicy NCAA tourney history. This will be the programs’ first meeting in the NCAA tourney since the Hoosiers beat the Heels 72-68

Mar 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Hill (11) and his teammates celebrate after the game in the first round against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 47-43. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sweet 16 Preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Notre Dame

In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Wisconsin went 11-3 from that point to now, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. Now, the Badgers have their sights set on getting back to the Final Four for the

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (00) in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana-UK draws most viewers of opening week NCAA tourney games

Throw Indiana and Kentucky men’s basketball on TV, and people are going to watch. A lot of people. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | @BTNStatsGuys crunch the numbers ] To little surprise, the two powerhouse programs’ East Region quarterfinal game drew the largest audience of all opening weekend NCAA tournament games. A total of 10.5 million people tuned in to Indiana’s 73-67 victory over Kentucky, the programs’ first meeting since the Wildcats topped the Hoosiers, 102-90, in the 2012 NCAA tournament on their way to claiming the NCAA crown. The teams met twice that season, if you recall, as Indiana knocked

March 20, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) reacts following the 73-60 victory against Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Sweet 16 preview: No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 1 Kansas

Some in College Park, Maryland, are calling Maryland’s game vs. Kansas the biggest in a generation for the program. Hyperbole? A bit. Still, no matter how you label it, this is a big one for the Terps. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] No doubt, great opportunity awaits a Maryland program that in the preseason some were hailing as the best in the nation. That didn’t materialize, as the Terps didn’t even win the Big Ten regular-season crown or get to the league tourney title game. Regardless, Maryland can make amends for any perceived shortcomings during the season

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers center Thomas Bryant (31) celebrates with Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5) after a play in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Sweet 16 preview: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 1 North Carolina

It’s all right there for the taking for Indiana in the East Region: A trip to the Final Four. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] But, to get there, the Hoosiers will need to knock off mighty North Carolina, a No. 1 seeded squad that is peaking. The Tar Heels are a talented club that has experience. They won’t flinch or be intimidated. The last time Indiana got to the Sweet 16, in 2013, it fell to Syracuse, 61-50. That was an uber-talented Hoosier squad that was a No. 1 seed and was led by Cody Zeller, Victor

Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30) and Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) reacts from the bench in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament: What just happened? And what's ahead?

The opening week of the 2016 NCAA tourney will have a special place in the history of a storied event that often causes our hearts to stop. It was four full-throated days of magical mayhem, with big shots and zany upsets the order of the day. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] The Big Ten had its share of big moments … and heartbreaking setbacks. Here is a look back … and glance ahead at the Sweet 16 week. Best play: Bronson Koenig vs. Xavier. C’mon. This is an easy one. It’s the falling-out-bounds-I-can’t-believe-it bomb launched from the

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Crispin: What Big Ten teams have to do to win Sweet 16 matchups

And then there were three. A trio of Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, starting Thursday night, including reigning national runner-up Wisconsin, which is making its third consecutive regional semifinal appearance and nation's best fifth in the last six seasons.

Mar 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) looks before making the game-winning shot while guarded by Xavier Musketeers guard Remy Abell (10) during the second half of the second round in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Twitter: Ex-Badgers react to Bronson Koenig's game-winner

The Twitter reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater Sunday night was fun to monitor. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] Former Wisconsin players had some of the best live reactions to the last-second triple that lifted the Badgers past Xavier and to their third consecutive Sweet 16. From Michael Finley and Marcus Landry to Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin family was all over the unforgettable shot that is now part of NCAA tournament lore. Frank Kaminsky, the 2015 national player of the year, didn’t tweet anything, but the Charlotte Hornets

Mar 20, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Bronson Koenig (24) walks off the court after the game against the Xavier Musketeers in the second round in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Koenig, Wisconsin advance to third straight Sweet 16

And just like that, Bronson Koenig has become part of March Madness lore with a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push No. 7 Wisconsin to a 66-63 win vs. No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six years. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] It has been an amazing run for the Badgers, who in early January were 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Moments earlier, Koenig drained a game-tying 3-pointer. Now, Wisconsin lives on after making it to the last two Final