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Nik Stauskas to announce NBA draft decision Tuesday

Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas will announce his decision to return to school or enter the NBA Draft in a press conference on Tuesday. [ MORE: Michigan State’s Gary Harris to enter NBA Draft ] Stauskas released the following tweet early Monday evening. And for those who have been asking, I will be holding a press conference tomorrow at school where I will announce my decision. — Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) April 14, 2014 Michigan’s athletic department sent out a release shortly after, stating that a press conference will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the Crisler Center

A.J. Hammons

Merriman: What lineups could look like if stars leave

April 27th. Remember that date, Big Ten basketball fans. That is the day in which college basketball players across the nation must decide whether they are going to stay in school or make the jump to the NBA. There are several Big Ten players who currently face that decision and will have to make a choice in the upcoming weeks. On that list is Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Branden Dawson and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons. Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky are also included on the list, although several media outlets,

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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten NCAA tourney team

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. [ MORE: Video: Wisconsin reacts to Final Four loss ] Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. Yes, his NCAA tournament began and ended with a whimper, as he scored eight points vs. American in the opener and eight vs. Kentucky in the Final Four. But in between, the 7-0 junior was dominating in scoring 19 vs. Oregon,

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NBA draft analyst weighs in on Big Ten prospects

Three Big Ten players have announced they are going pro, including Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross. Other Big Ten stars have a decision looming, and the deadline is April 27. Who will stay, and who will go? I asked NBA draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his Big Ten draft thoughts. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart offers his Big Ten NBA draft predictions ] What do you think of LaQuinton Ross and Noah Vonleh’s decisions to leave for the NBA? Ed Isaacson: Neither is ready, but both could go to situations

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Dienhart: Will they stay, or will they go to NBA?

Ohio State already has seen junior LaQuinton Ross opt to turn pro. Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh also is out the door. Ross looks like a second-rounder; Vonleh a lottery selection. What other Big Ten players may bolt? Players have until April 27th to make a decision. Here’s a look at the other seven Big Ten players who appear most likely to have a big decision to make soon. Branden Dawson, Michigan State, Jr. There are few more dynamic athletes than Dawson, who plays bigger than his 6-6, 225-pound dimensions. He’s strong, tough, aggressive and athletic with an impossibly long wing

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Nik Stauskas named to AP All-America second team

Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas was named to the AP All-America second team Monday. The Michigan sharpshooter shot 47 percent and averaged 17.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists en route to leading Michigan to its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 and the Elite Eight. Stauskas, the lone Big Ten player on the three teams, is the second Wolverine in as many seasons to earn AP All-America honors, joining 2013 first-teamer Trey Burke. Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne each earned honorable mention honors. FIRST TEAM Doug McDermott, Creighton Jabari Parker, Duke Russ Smith,

One writer's NCAA Tourney all-region teams

Hello, Sweet 16! The first three rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are in the books. Three Big Ten teams remain in the field as Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin will attempt to stamp their ticket to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. Through three rounds of play, we have seen plenty of upsets, as well as outstanding individual and team performances. I’ve watched as many games I could, so here is a breakdown of my NCAA Tournament all-region teams, leading up to this week’s college hoops madness. There are plenty of familiar Big Ten names on this list.

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Top 5 Big Ten efforts of NCAA opening weekend

One weekend of the NCAA tourney down, and the Big Ten has three teams in the Sweet 16. The teams: Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Before the Sweet 16 tips, it’s time to look back at the Big Ten’s top five performances of the first two rounds. Who takes the top spot? It has to be Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, who poured in a career-high 41 points in the Spartans’ NCAA opener. [ MORE: Dienhart: Could three Big Ten team make Final Four? ] 5. Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson, vs. American. All of the Badgers got off to a slow start

Big Ten Geeks: Defense on Day One

Ohio State dropped a tight one against an in-state “Little Brother,” which had to make the loss all the more frustrating. There wasn’t anything especially unique about this loss—once again, Ohio State’s offense stalled out when it had to play in the half-court. The outside shooting was tepid (3 of 12 on 3s), and the ballhandling was suspect (the Buckeyes turned it over on 21 percent of their possessions; Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross each had five of their own). And on the 27 occasions when Ohio State had an opportunity to rebound one of its frequent misses, Thad Matta’s

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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 3

Day Three of the Big Ten Tournament was filled with great plays, great individual performances and plenty of suspense. In the end, it will be in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State facing off in Sunday’s much-anticipated Big Ten Championship Game. Let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day Three of the tourney. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten tourney coverage ] BEST WIN: Michigan State beating Wisconsin, 83-75. The Spartans got off to a quick start and led this contest from start to finish. What makes this win so impressive is how the