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NCAA Tournament: Maryland tops South Dakota State

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins against South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits against Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Layman talks about Maryland's win

Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game.

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Dienhart: Where will the NCAA road end for each Big Ten team?

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There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 2 seed Michigan State

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There were many dubious seeds in the NCAA bracket when it was announced on Sunday. But perhaps no seed raised more eyebrows of surprise than Michigan State being slotted as a No. 2 in the Midwest. The Spartans, No. 2 in the AP poll, appeared to have the resume of a No. 1 seed coming off a Big Ten tourney title, winning nine in a row and 13 of their last 14 games since a three-game losing skid in mid-January.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Maryland

Mar 12, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Deyonta Davis(23) and Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman(10) fight for a rebound in the first half during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Maryland's Mark Turgeon talks NCAA tourney

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When the season dawned, experts spoke in glowing terms about Maryland. Most felt the Terps were the pick to win the Big Ten. And some thought Maryland was the No. 1 team in the nation. The season started with a bang, as Maryland opened 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. But the Terps wheezed down the stretch, going 3-5 in their last eight games.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Indiana

Mar 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers bench watches the Hoosiers play against the Michigan Wolverines during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan wins 72-69.

Indiana's Tom Crean talks NCAA tourney

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Indiana was the undisputed regular season champ of the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers had to settle for a No. 5 seed after playing a favorable league schedule and losing their first Big Ten tourney game. Even though the committee did Indiana no favors, it still could be poised for a run in the Big Dance. This is a talented team and one that is motivated to show it’s better than its seed—or what it showed it that clunker loss to Michigan in Indianapolis in the league tourney.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Purdue

Feb 16, 2016; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter draws up a play during a timeout in the second half of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats  at Mackey Arena. Purdue won 71-61.

Purdue's Matt Painter talks NCAA tourney

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The Boilermakers have proven they are capable of beating just about any team … and also struggling against just about any team. Big Ten title dreams danced in the heads of Purdue fans in October. But, that didn’t materialize. Still, the goal of reaching the Final Four remains alive. Is it possible? Maybe. This is a big, tough physical squad anchored by a fleet of what the late Al McGuire used to like to call “aircraft carriers” in 7-0 A.J. Hammons, 6-9 Caleb Swanigan and 7-2 monster Isaac Haas. No school can match this tall trio of terror.

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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 7 seed Wisconsin

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers coach Greg Gard coaches on the sidelines against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Wisconsin's Greg Gard talks about the tourney

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At one point this season, an NCAA bid seemed like a long shot for Wisconsin, which was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten after a loss at Northwestern on Jan. 12. But the Badgers, who lost to the likes of UW Milwaukee and Western Illinois early on, rallied under Greg Gard to secure an 18th consecutive trip to the Big Dance after he took over a 7-5 team following the retirement of Bo Ryan on Dec. 15. Late in the year, Gard inked a five-year deal, taking the “interim” off his title.

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NCAA men's tourney at a glance: No. 11 seed Michigan

Mar 10, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines  bench reacts during the closing seconds of their overtime game against the  Northwestern Wildcats during the Big Ten Conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Michigan's John Beilein talks NCAA tourney

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Michigan’s bubble didn’t burst. It is back in the Big Dance—barely—after a one-year absence with its lowest seed ever at No. 11. The Wolverines have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years under John Beilein, playing in the national championship game in 2013 and the regional finals in 2014 before missing the tourney last season.

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NCAA men's tourney at a glance: No. 7 seed Iowa

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Iowa's McCaffery talks NCAA tourney

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Iowa is back in the NCAA tourney as a No. 7 seed for the second year in a row. This is the Hawkeyes third appearance in a row, the first time the program has pulled off that trifecta since 1991-93. But Iowa hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 1999.

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