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Dienhart: Many choose Spartans, but I like Badgers

It’s official: America has fallen in love with Michigan State. It’s mad-crazy tattoo-her-name-on-your-chest love that has mushroomed in a flash, going from 7th-grade crush to full-grown infatuation/borderline stalking. It just seemed like last week when some were shoveling dirt onto the Spartans after a disappointing 12-6 Big Ten season that was ruined by a litany injuries. Wait, it was last week. [ MORE: President Obama picks Michigan State to win national title ] Michigan State limped into the Big Ten tournament going 5-7 in its last 12 games. The Spartans were a No. 3 seed, a listing ship looking to

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Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tourney

College basketball experts across the nation are picking Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State to win the NCAA tourney. The same goes for the President. As he’s done each of the past five years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA bracket in a recent ESPN special, and he selected the Spartans to win it all. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Obama has Michigan State topping No. 13 Delaware, No. 12 Harvard, No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 Villanova on its way to the Final Four. In the national semis, he has the Spartans dropping No.

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Dienhart: 21 things I didn't expect in 2013-14

With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] 1. Nebraska would be in the NCAA tourney. 2. Indiana wouldn’t be in the NCAA tourney. 3. Indiana wouldn’t be in any tourney. 4. Nik Stauskas would be player of the year. 5. Michigan would

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Read these 10 Wednesday Big Ten headlines

Pat Harty of HawkCentral.com wonders if an Iowa win over Tennessee on Wednesday will put a feel-good note on that 1-6 run-up to the NCAA tourney. It certainly couldn’t hurt. This Iowa team has been through a lot. A victory vs. the Vols would be the Hawkeyes’ first NCAA win since 2001. No doubt, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery may have issues concentrating as his 13-year-old son Patrick undergoes surgery to have a tumor removed this morning before the Hawkeyes tip-off tonight vs. Tennessee. Keep the McCafferys in your thoughts and prayers. *** Nice column on Nebraska and its NCAA history

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Tonight's 'Journey' finale spotlights tourney

As six Big Ten teams prepare to compete in the NCAA Tournament, this week’s one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” takes you inside the final weekend of the regular season and the entire Big Ten Tournament. The episode includes emotional locker room moments, Senior Night for Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan, and Michigan State’s on-court celebration after winning the tournament championship on Sunday. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday. All basketball season you could watch past episodes of our show at BTN2Go – and you still can. Just go download

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Dienhart: My Big Ten NCAA tourney predictions

With the regular season finished and the NCAA tournament upon us, experts from across the nation are offering their predictions. It’s a fun time, no doubt, and I decided to offer a few predictions of my own. Check out what I see when I look into my crystal ball in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Which teams will make it to the second weekend of the tourney? Without a doubt, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State should make plans to keep their suitcases packed. The No. 2 Wolverines will dump No. 15 Wofford and then

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Polls: Who wins Big Ten Round of 64 games?

The NCAA tournament gets into full swing Thursday. Iowa lost Wednesday night in the “First Four,” and now it’s time for Round 2 action. Before any of the Big Ten teams tip off today, vote for all of your Round of 64 Big Ten winners in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] MIDWEST REGION: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford – 7:10 p.m. ET, Thursday, CBS (AP) John Beilein insists he couldn’t care less about Michigan’s seed in the NCAA tournament. Even when it’s the highest of his coaching career. “I’ve never seen so

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Indiana WR Isaac Griffith in medically induced coma

Indiana redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaac Griffith is in a medically induced coma after being involved in a swimming accident Monday in Florida. Griffith is in Sarasota Memorial’s Critical Care Unit, an his condition is critical, but stable. Read a statement from Griffith’s parents in this post. Isaac’s parents, Shannon and Kim Griffith, are by their son’s side and deeply grateful for the prayers and support from friends and followers across the states. They have asked for privacy during their son’s recovery and shared the following statement: “We deeply appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support coming to us through

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Dienhart: Big Ten and NCAA tourney ... A-Z

The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] A is for Adreian Payne. The Michigan State big fella needs to play like a lottery pick if the Spartans want to cut down the nets. Few players possess his combination of inside-outside

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Fran McCaffery juggles coach, father duties

Fran McCaffery has a lot more on his mind than Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Hawkeyes open the NCAA tourney Wednesday night vs. Tennessee, but, in the hours leading up to tip, McCaffery will have traveled to Dayton, Ohio, back to Iowa City, and to Dayton again. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Sometimes, father duties call, and that’s exactly the case for McCaffery, whose son, Patrick, 13, is having surgery Wednesday to remove a thyroid tumor, just hours before Iowa’s first-round game. McCaffery, however, has worked out a schedule to allow himself to