The college basketball regular season has come to an end and March Madness is officially upon us. While the NCAA Tournament doesn’t begin until next week, conference tournaments are kicking off across the country and the upsets are already happening.
For the Big Ten, the tournament is live from Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis starting Wednesday evening. Things kick off at 5pm CT Wednesday as 13th seed Nebraska, one of the hottest teams in the conference over the last few weeks, takes on the 12th seed Northwestern Wildcats, who swept the season series with the Huskers. This one is particularly noteworthy for Hawkeye fans as the winner advances to take on 5 seed Iowa at approximately 1pm CT on Thursday.
The early Wednesday game will be followed by 14th seed Minnesota against 11th seed Penn State 25 minutes after the completion of game one on Wednesday. The winner of that one advances to take on 6 seed Ohio State Thursday evening.
Other Thursday matchups will feature 9 seed Indiana against 8 seed Michigan to open things at 10:30am CT. That is followed by the Iowa-Nebraska/Northwestern game at ~1pm CT. Then there’s a break in the action until 10 seed Maryland takes on 7 seed Michigan State at 5:30pm CT before Ohio State-Minnesota/Penn State closes things out on Thursday.
Here’s a look at the full Big Ten Tournament Bracket.
All games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on Big Ten Network and can be found streaming on the FoxSportsGo App. Saturday’s semifinals and the championship game on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast on CBS and can be streamed on the Parmount+ App (added bonus: you can stream all of Yellowstone here which is recommended).
Additional details and full game threads will be published for each of Iowa’s games this weekend.
**Thursday, March 10th UPDATE**
The Northwestern Wildcats opened the tournament with a 71-69 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday night to set up a 12-5 matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday. That game is set to tip 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan-Indiana game at ~1pm CT.
Northwestern’s win was followed by a comeback win by Penn State over Minnesota. The Nittany Lions trailed by as many as seven in the first half but cut the lead to four at halftime before emerging with a 60-51 win over the Gophers. They advance to take on 6 seed Ohio State on Thursday evening, roughly 25 minutes after the conclusion of 7 seed MSU vs 10 seed Maryland, which tips at 5:30pm CT.
Here’s an updated look at the bracket as of Thursday morning.
**Friday, March 11th UPDATE**
With both Indiana and Michigan playing for their tournament lives, it looked like Indiana was dead in the water for much of Thursday’s early game. The Wolverines jumped out to a 17 point lead at one point, but IU came roaring back and perhaps clinched a spot in a play-in game next week as they escaped with a 74-69 victory. They now move on to take on 1 seed Illinois at 10:30am CT on Friday.
We all know how your Iowa Hawkeyes did - setting the record books on fire against Northwestern. They now have a shot at revenge against 4 seed Rutgers. That will tip 25 minutes after that Indiana-Illinois game concludes with an estimated start time around 1pm CT. If yesterday was any indication, tip time is likely to be closer to 1:10-1:15.
After limping to the finish line in the regular season, the Michigan State Spartans helped their NCAA Tournament cause with a 76-72 win over the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday. They move on to take on 2 seed Wisconsin to kick off the evening slate on Friday at 5:30pm CT.
Thursday’s action closed out with another comeback victory as the Penn State Nittany Lions trailed for more than 33 minutes against the Ohio State Buckeyes before closing out a 71-68 victory. That likely costs the Buckeyes a seed line next weekend. As it stands, the Nits advance to take on 3 seed Purdue in the final game on Friday. That will tip 25 minutes after the MSU-Wisconsin game and is tentatively scheduled for 8pm CT.
Here’s the updated bracket.
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