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Today
3:59 PMMaryland at Michigan St.Watch
Tomorrow
2:30 PMNorthwestern at Rutgers Watch
3:00 PMIowa at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
7:00 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch

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Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as

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Read these 10 Friday Big Ten links

The Badgers took care of business last night. Now, Michigan and Michigan State take center stage in the Sweet 16. The Wolverines battle No. 11 Tennessee, while the Spartans take on No. 1 Virginia. Michigan has a tough task playing the Vols, who are outplaying that No. 11 seed. This is a hot team, going 8-1 since Feb. 26. The X-factor for Michigan? Oh, that’s easy: It’s Glenn Robinson III, who is playing against one of his dad’s best buddies in Zo Martin. In the MSU game, watch the clash between Keith Appling and London Perrantes. This could be the

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor

No one saw this coming. In fact, it was too easy for Wisconsin. And now, the Badgers are off to their first Elite Eight since 2005 after a resounding 69-52 2in over Baylor. The Badgers’ game vs. the Bears in the Sweet 16 had many Wisconsin fans worried. Why not? No. 6 Baylor beat Nebraska by 14 and Creighton by 30 in its first two NCAA games. This team was hot, this team was on a roll and this team looked primed to end the Badgers’ season. [ MORE: Wisconsin cruises by Baylor in Sweet 16 matchup ] Didn’t happen—and

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Wisconsin cruises by Baylor in Sweet 16 matchup

(AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12). The 7-foot Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone defense that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor’s talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years

Kyle Flood

Dienhart: Q&A with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood

Rutgers is taking its first steps toward its maiden Big Ten voyage this spring, as Kyle Flood works with his third team since taking over for Greg Schiano. Flood, who is 15-11 at Rutgers with two bowl bids, has talent to work with coming off a 6-7 season and a loss to Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he also has areas of concern. Among them: 1. Will the secondary be better for a defense that allowed a school single-season record for yards? New defensive coordinator Joe Rossi has his work cut out for him with just one starting

Bo Ryan

Read these 10 Big Ten Thursday headlines

Sweet 16 action kicks off tonight, with Wisconsin playing No. 6 Baylor. Is any team playing better than the Bears? This is a physical Baylor squad that plays an aggressive zone defense. If shots aren’t falling for Wisconsin, it can’t forget to drive to the hoop. And if the Badgers are going to win, Sam Dekker probably needs to have a good game. He’s an X-factor, of sorts. *** How good would this Michigan team be if Mitch McGary was playing? It’s fun to think about. But, his cranky back continues to keep him out, so he has had to

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Throwback Thursday Q&A: Badgers' Mike Bruesewitz

With Wisconsin set to play in the Sweet 16 tonight, this week’s Throwback Thursday Q&A shines the spotlight on Mike Bruesewitz. Bruesewitz, who is in his rookie pro season with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Winners League, averaged 4.6 points, four rebounds and 1.2 steals during his Wisconsin career (2009-2013). We got in touch with the former Wisconsin bundle of energy to discuss his much-talked-about hairdos, new pro career (view his player profile) and the Badgers, among other things. Read BTN.com’s full email Q&A with Bruesewitz below. [ MORE: Listen to Bruesewitz’s “Life Beyond the Fro” podcast ] BTN.com: You

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A Michigan vs. Michigan State NCAA title game?

It’s interesting to think about the possibility of a Michigan State vs. Michigan national championship game in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The way both teams are playing and the way the bracket is set up, it’s a possibility. Two teams from the same state meeting for the basketball national championship? It has happened just twice before, and both times it was Ohio State vs. Cincinnati (1961 and 1962). [ MORE: Video: Watch construction of Final Four court ] We have seen schools from the same conference play for the title more often. The last time it happened was in

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Chris Collins: 'I was very pleased with our year'

Northwestern coach Chris Collins was a special guest analyst on Wednesday night’s #BTNLive. The first-year coach helped our team break down the Big Ten’s three Sweet 16 matchups, plus discuss his season in Evanston. BTN.com caught up with Collins for a Q&A to discuss his first year, Coach K and the NCAA tournament, among other things. Read the Q&A in this post. BTN.com: Any one thing surprise you the most about your first year as a head coach? CC: I think the main thing was going through the rigors of the whole conference. You hear about it, but once you

Pat Fitzgerald

Dienhart: NLRB's ruling is 'a bit surprising'

It was a bit surprising to see that the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players who receive scholarships are employees. NLRB directed that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern. Northwestern’s vice president for university relations Alan Cubbage issued a statement today stressing the school’s disappointment with the decision. “While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it. Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization