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Dienhart: Big Ten watches and waits for next national title

The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won

Dienhart: Four observations from Northwestern spring practice

Northwestern has more talent than ever on both sides of the ball entering 2017. In fact, the Wildcats could be the favorite in the Big Ten West this fall. The team concluded spring drills on Saturday with a practice, and here are four observations.

Dienhart: Archie Miller brings impressive resume to Indiana

Indiana has its man: Archie Miller. His marching orders: Make Indiana great again. No pressure. The former Dayton coach takes over for Tom Crean, who was fired earlier this month after nine seasons on the job.

Dienhart: Big Ten silencing critics in NCAA tournament

Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.

Dienhart: Best of Week 10 in Big Ten conference play

Let March Madness begin! The regular season is over. Now is the time of year when reputations are earned. Big Ten champ Purdue finished strong, winning eight of its last nine. Now, the Boilermakers will look to win their first Big Ten tourney title since 2009.

Dienhart: Best of Week 9 in Big Ten conference play

Just one more week remains, as the penultimate week of the season is in the rear-view mirror. Can Purdue hang on to its one-game lead in the conference standings and take home its first Big Ten crowns since 2010?

Dienhart: Purdue looks primed to win Big Ten title

The finish to the Big Ten season couldn’t be framed any more perfectly. Two weeks remain. Two teams—Purdue and Wisconsin--are tied for first place with four games left for each squad, and Maryland is just one game off the pace.

Dienhart: Best of Week 8 in Big Ten conference play

The finish line is in sight. And Purdue and Wisconsin are battling for the league title, each tied for first. But don’t overlook Maryland, which is just a game off the pace after falling at Wisconsin on Sunday.