The 2017 Big Ten Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, March 8, with two first-round games at Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Penn State-Nebraska start game action at 4:30 p.m. ET, with Ohio State-Rutgers set to tip at 7 p.m. ET. The top four teams in the Big Ten won’t play until Friday, since they received double byes.
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2017 Big Ten Basketball Tournament schedule for Wednesday, March 8
Thursday, March 9 (Second round)
Game 3: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois | 12 p.m. | BTN
Game 4: No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Penn State | 25 minutes after game 3 | BTN
Game 5: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Indiana | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 6: No. 6 Northwestern vs. No. 14 Rutgers | 25 minutes after game 3 | ESPN2
Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7: No. 1 Purdue vs. Game 3 winner | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Game 8: No. 4 Minnesota vs. Game 4 winner | 25 minutes after game 7 | ESPN
Game 9: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. Game 5 winner | 6:30 p.m. | BTN
Game 10: No. 3 Maryland vs. Game 6 winner | 25 minutes after game 9 | BTN
Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 1 p.m. | CBS
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Sunday, March 12 (Championship game)
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner | 3 p.m. | CBS
2017 Big Ten Tournament bracket
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2017 Big Ten Basketball Tournament preview
Purdue went 14-4 in Big Ten play to capture its record 23rd league title and will open play at noon ET Friday against either Michigan or Illinois. Wisconsin and Maryland both went 12-6 but the Badgers got the No. 2 seed thanks to tiebreakers over the Terps. Wisconsin will face the winner of Iowa-Illinois on Friday, while Maryland will face either Northwestern, Ohio State or Rutgers.
There was a big cluster in the middle of the Big Ten standings — Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern all finished 10-8. Northwestern struggled down the stretch, while Michigan surged and Iowa helped its cause with four straight wins to end the season.
Illinois won four of its last five games to get back on the bubble, but a loss at Rutgers to finish the season may have ended any hopes John Groce’s team had of making the NCAA Tournament. According to BracketMatrix.com, which compiles expert predictions from across the industry and creates a consensus bracket, the Illini will be among the first four teams out. Iowa also finds itself just on the outside, but with a strong week in Washington could play itself in.
BracketMatrix projects that seven Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament — Purdue, Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State. Purdue is the highest as a No. 4 seed, the Gophers are a No. 5 and the five other teams are between No. 7 and No. 9 seeds.
The conference certainly lacks the elite team it usually has had over the last two decades.