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MBB: Buckeyes Advance!

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OSU-Diebler.jpgCongratulations to the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes on their 68-61 victory over rival Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.

OSU advances to the Big Ten Tournament final and will face the winner of the Michigan State/Penn State game.

By the final score, it's hard to believe that Ohio State had an 18-point lead with 4:49 remaining in the game, but Michigan stormed back enough to put fans in a sold out Conseco Fieldhouse on the edge of their seats in the final minute.

John Diebler, shown above in a postgame interview with Rick Pizzo of the Big Ten Network, scored a game-high 16 points, while posting five rebounds and three assists as well.  Michigan was paced by Darius Morris, who also netted 16 points.

MBB: The Nittany Lions Have Arrived!

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The Penn State Nittany Lions have arrived at Conseco Fieldhouse prepared to do battle in their Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against the Michigan State Spartans.

MBB: Leading at the Half

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Top-ranked Ohio State returns to the locker room with a 31-27 halftime lead over rival Michigan in Saturday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.

MBB: Lace 'Em Up

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HoopsDay5K.JPGThe third annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K takes place Sunday on the streets outside Conseco Fieldhouse.

HURRY!  Registration is still available!

Big Ten fans, competing as runners, joggers and walkers, will be dressed in gear from their favorite conference school and passing by all the designated Big Ten university restaurants along the way.

There is a "traveling trophy" that will be awarded to the local alumni chapter of the Big Ten university with the best individual performances in the 5K, as well as an award for the best cheer station, as Indiana and Purdue have captured the crown in the last two years.

The top  overall finishers (male and female) will receive prizes.  There will also be prizes given for categories such as 'The Most Spirited Fan', so be sure to wear your school colors.

HoopsDay5K2.JPGBasketball goals will also be set up outside Conseco Fieldhouse for pre-race shooting and water/cheer stations will be located along the route.

Also, nearly 150 youth participants will run an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of the 5K course) to complete their Marathon in 51 Days. These youngsters have been running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days. will have coverage of the Hoops Day 5K during tomorrow's tournament championship game.

MBB: Semifinal Saturday

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PressRow.JPGWelcome to Saturday and the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Our first contest features the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State (30-2) against No. 4 seed and rival Michigan (20-11) at 1:40 p.m. ET on CBS. FOLLOW LIVE!

The second semifinal has No. 6 Penn State (18-13) battling No. 7 Michigan State (19-13) -- two teams strengthening their postseason resumes with quality wins on Friday.

Among the storylines, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are no strangers to Big Ten Tournament play, as the two teams have met four times, including last year's buzzer-beater victory by OSU.  In fact, Ohio State has claimed all four contests in the BTT series, the first three of which came by 10 points or more.  Due to NCAA sanctions, both teams have vacated the records from the 1999 game, while Ohio State has vacated the win from 2000.

Penn State took the lone BTT meeting with Michigan State back in 2001, capturing a 65-63 victory as the seventh-seed over the No. 2 Spartans.

Here is a complete breakdown of the semifinal matchups:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Michigan (1:40 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 4-0
1999, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 87-69
2002, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 75-68
2007, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan, 72-62
2010, Q, Mo. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan,. 69-68
No. 6 Penn State def. No. 7 Michigan State (Approximately 4:05 p.m. ET)
Penn State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
2001, Q, No. 7 Penn State def. No. 2 Michigan State, 65-63

MBB: Still Believing...

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Remember Nittany Nation from yesterday???  They are still believing...

And they should!  What did Nittany Nation President Katie Huber say yesterday?

"We plan to win!"

And win you have.  Congrats to the Nittany Lions on a 36-33 thriller over No. 3 Wisconsin and welcome to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals!

Enjoy your Spring Break, Nittany Nation.  Enjoy!!!

MBB: Inside the Big Ten Network

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During halftime of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game between Penn State and Wisconsin, was allowed inside the production trailer to see just how the Big Ten Network pulls off its live halftime show.

Following live coverage of the end of the first half, the Big Ten Network broadcast went to sideline reporter Charissa Thompson for a live interview with Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan.  At the conclusion of the interview, the BTN went straight into its State Farm Halftime Report, anchored by Dave Revsine, Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy.  The trio broke down footage from the first half prior to the first commercial break. 

MBB: Sparty Ousts Boilers in Upset

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Purdue-MSU.jpgMichigan State's Kalin Lucas wanted to play last night.  He wanted to play tonight.  Now he gets to play tomorrow, and if he has his way, he'll stick around for Sunday too.

Lucas scored 30 points in the Spartans' quarterfinal matchup tonight, leading MSU to a 74-56 upset over the second-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.

MBB: Earn Your Degree

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WayneDuke.jpgPictured from left to right:  Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, Minnesota runner Mike Torchia, Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership member Jerry Semler, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Purdue swimmer Allie Smith and Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.

During halftime of the Michigan State/Purdue game here at the Big Ten Tournament, two conference student-athletes -- Minnesota cross country and track runner Mike Torchia and Purdue swimmer Allie Smith -- were honored as this year's recipients of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership.

Each Big Ten institution was asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for 2011, with a $5,000 scholarship awarded to each winner.

Read more about their accomplishments and the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award by clicking here.

MBB: Party Crashers

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So after a hard fought 60-55 win over Illinois in Friday's quarterfinal contest at the Big Ten Tournament, a group of Michigan fans stormed to the streets of Indianapolis, singing "Hail to the Victors" on a number of different street corners.

But the group caught's eye when they entered Circle Centre Mall right next to Champps -- the designated Ohio State restaurant for the Big Ten Tournaments.

Several Buckeyes were taking in postgame meals and spirits following their exciting overtime victory over Northwestern earlier in the day, when the cheers rattled through the restaurant's rafters.

"Hail, Hail to Michigan..."

It was all in good fun today, but tomorrow's first semifinal pairs the two rivals for the second-straight tournament and who can forget what happened last year!!!