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Photo: Big Ten fans will like results of ESPN poll

ESPN asked this simple poll question today: Which team are you rooting for to win the men’s college basketball national title? The results were interesting and pretty humorous. The interesting: Wisconsin led the way, with 37 percent of the votes, at the time of the picture below. The humorous: Only one state was rooting for Kentucky. See the poll results in this post.

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Dienhart: Frank Kaminsky, in his prep coach's words

It has been fun for fans to watch Frank Kaminsky emerge this year and during Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four. But there’s one guy who isn’t shocked by all of this: Gene Heidkamp, Kaminsky’s high school coach at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.

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Take a look back at Frank Kaminsky, the 3-star recruit

Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky may be the most unlikely star among the players that will gather for the Final Four this weekend in North Texas.

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Video: Our top 15 Wisconsin basketball clips

With Wisconsin off to its first Final Four since 2000, we decided to compile a list of our most-watched 2013-14 Wisconsin videos. From Frank Kaminsky’s program-record 43 points vs. North Dakota to Traevon Jackson’s game-winner vs. Michigan State and from Bo Ryan’s reaction to 700 wins to Nigel Hayes’ “Chocolate Thunder” interview, we have the top 15 videos, in chronological order, in this post.

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Behind-the-scenes look at Badgers' Final Four run

Wisconsin is headed to its first Final Four since 2000. And knowing this team, the national media should be thrilled. The Badgers are a team filled with engaging personalities and excellent soundbites. For example, this guy. Only a freshman, Nigel Hayes is someone fans and media already love and appreciate. But, again, this is a team full of characters, and here’s a look at some of the fun they’ve had on their way to the Final Four.

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#BTNLive asks: What tourney outcome surprised you most?

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 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament result surprised you the most this weekend?

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Jordan Morgan passes out 'Thank Yous' on Twitter

There are few classier acts than Michigan big man Jordan Morgan, who saw his career end with the heart-breaking loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis on Sunday. Morgan was a glue-guy whose production in the pivot was a boon for a team that had to play almost the entire season without Mitch McGary. Morgan took to Twitter (@JustJMo) after the loss yesterday to give thanks.

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Dienhart: It was a 'great run' by Michigan

Breathless. There is no better word to describe the Michigan-Kentucky Elite Eight game in the Midwest Region in Indianapolis.

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Final Four bound: Wisconsin welcomes home Badgers

Wisconsin welcomed home its Final Four-bound Badgers on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers, who advanced to their first Final Four since 2000 with Saturday night’s thrilling overtime victory over Arizona, were introduced to the crowd and thanked the fans during a short ceremony at the Kohl Center. Watch the introduction of the West Region champs here and hear from Bo Ryan and West Region Most Outstanding Player Frank Kaminsky in this post.

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Kentucky denies Michigan second straight Final Four

(AP) Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. Harrison, one of five freshmen on eighth-seeded Kentucky’s starting lineup, elevated over Caris LeVert, and drained it. He scored all 12 of his points over the last 8:05.

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Dienhart: Unfinished business for Michigan State

And just like that, Michigan State’s season is over. Finished. Kaput. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. But, in some ways, this seems like a fitting end to season that forever will be marked by what-ifs.

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UConn upsets Michigan State, 60-54, in Elite Eight

(AP) Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament. Napier hit three huge free throws with 37.6 seconds left in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden to carry UConn to the Final Four just as Kemba Walker did in Napier’s freshman year.

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Photo: Bo Ryan delights with classic picture

There’s a picture of Bo Ryan that is all over social media Sunday, and for good reason. On the plane headed home to Madison following Saturday night’s exciting Final Four-clinching overtime win over Arizona, Ryan flashes the team’s recently adopted hand symbol at the camera. If it looks familiar, it should. So classic. See the picture of Ryan in this post.

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Twitter: Are Michigan, MSU fans rooting for rival?

It’s no secret Michigan and Michigan State are fierce rivals. Sometimes, however, conference pride and a chance to make rare history can supersede a rivalry. Consider this: If Michigan and Michigan State both win today, the Big Ten will be the first conference to put three teams in the Final Four since the Big East did it in 1985.

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Gallery: Wisconsin celebrates Final Four berth

Wisconsin clinched its first Final Four berth since 2000 in Saturday night’s overtime victory over Arizona in the West Region final. We compiled some of the best photos from the Badgers’ celebration in a gallery in this post. Enjoy, Wisconsin fans!

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Dienhart: Badgers punch their Final Four ticket

Frank Kaminsky was on fire. The big fella was balling like he owned the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Shooting, spinning, driving, dunking, posting up and dominating. It was impressive.

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Wisconsin edges Arizona, earns spot in Final Four

(AP) Wisconsin bumped and grinded its way into the Final Four. Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona in the West Region final Saturday night.

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Elite Eight preview: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Arizona

(AP) Sean Miller has been on Bo Ryan’s radar since the mid-1970s. That’s when the future Arizona coach came to Madison, Wis., for the first time at Ryan’s behest.

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Dienhart: Big guys lead Spartans to big win

Thank goodness for Michigan State big men Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. Without that dynamic duo, Michigan State would have been sent packing tonight.

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Michigan State tops Virginia in Sweet 16 thriller

(AP) Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to East Regional final.

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March continues: Michigan clears another hurdle

Just like Wisconsin doused a hot Baylor team last night in the Sweet 16, Michigan dumped water on a hot Tennessee team tonight in its Sweet 16 game. It wasn’t as easy for the Wolverines as it was for the Badgers. Regardless, the Wolverines won, 73-71, and are just one win from returning to the Final Four for a second season in a row.

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Photo: Michigan's Mitch McGary returns to uniform

Mitch McGary’s attire had a lot of people talking before, during and after Michigan’s Sweet 16 matchup vs. Tennessee on Friday night. That’s because, for the first time since Dec. 14, his final game before undergoing back surgery, the preseason All-American was in full uniform. No, McGary didn’t play, although he did go through layup drills and was listed in the official scorer’s book.

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Michigan holds off Tennessee in Sweet 16 matchup

(AP) Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 including a key free throw to help Michigan hold on for a 73-71 victory over Tennessee in Friday’s first Midwest Regional semifinal.

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Geeks Preview: Michigan State vs. Virginia

Michigan State arrives in the Sweet 16 on a five-game winning streak, with fans and analysts around the country espousing the Spartans as one of the main contenders for the national title. First things first – to reach the Elite Eight, Michigan State must defeat Virginia tonight at Madison Square Garden.

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Geeks Preview: Michigan vs. Tennessee

Michigan has strolled into the Sweet 16 with nary a challenge, beating Wofford and Texas by a combined 31 points. The level of difficulty ramps up considerably tonight as the Wolverines take on Tennessee in Indianapolis. Casual fans may look at the seed matchup – a 2-seed against an 11-seed – and conclude that this will be a cakewalk for Michigan, but that’s nowhere near the truth.

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