Big Ten Tournament: Penn State Over Michigan State, 61-48

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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Ohio State Advances To Final With 68-61 Win Over Michigan

In Indianapolis on Sunday, top-ranked Ohio State managed to prevail over Michigan in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. It did take a 16-0 run, though, for the Buckeyes to push past their conference rival and into the finals.

Jon Diebler led Ohio State with 16 points. Jared Sullinger struggled from the free-throw line, sinking only four of 10 shots, but still managed 14 points and 13 rebounds, including six from the offensive glass. The Wolverines were led by Darius Morris' 16 points.

With Michigan State and Penn State yet to tip off this afternoon, this is how the Big Ten bracket looks. All times Eastern.

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines defeat No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 60-55

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers defeat Michigan State, 74-56

Penn State defeats Wisconsin 36-33

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State def. Michigan, 68-61

Michigan State vs. Penn State, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Ohio State vs. Michigan State/Penn State, 9, ESPN

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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State Advance To Final

On Saturday, the Big Ten basketball tournament advances to the semifinal round. Michigan State and Penn State meet, while Ohio State defends its title against Michigan.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines tip off at 1:40 p.m. Eastern. Michigan enters the game as a huge underdog against Ohio State, the top-ranked team in the nation.

And at 4:05 p.m., Michigan State and Penn State fight for a spot in the conference final. The Spartans are coming off a huge win on Friday night, as they upset No. 9 Purdue by an 18-point margin.

Here is how the bracket looks entering Saturday's semifinals:

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines defeats No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 60-55

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers defeats Michigan State, 74-56

Penn State defeats Wisconsin 36-33

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State vs. Michigan, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Michigan State vs. Penn State, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates. And for more, check out the latest Bracketology  from our own Chris Dobbertean.

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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Penn State Survives Wisconsin In Low Scoring Affair

Penn State and Wisconsin set basketball back decades in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday night, scoring a combined 69 points as the Nittany Lions held on for a 36-33 win. Scoring was at a premium all night as Penn State took a 20-16 lead into the half. Instead of coming out of the game hot, it was more of the same in the second as the two teams combined to score just 33 points in the final frame. The game did make the record books, however, as the lowest scoring game in Big Ten Tournament history.

The slow pace — Penn State and Wisconsin average two of the slowest tempos in all of college basketball — combined with poor shooting led to a less than entertaining game. Penn State was marginally better, shooting 33.3 percent compared to Wisconsin’s 29.4 percent. The Badgers and Nittany Lions didn’t believe in the three-pointer, either, combining to hit just five — three from Penn State and two from Wisconsin.

None of the seven Penn State players that logged minutes were in double-figures, with Talor Battle scoring a team-high nine points. Tim Frazier added eight points and David Jackson had seven as Penn State spread what little scoring there was around. All five starters scored, though the bench never got on the board.

It was a two-man show for the Badgers as Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer combined for 26 of Wisconsin’s 33 points. Taylor finished with a game-high 16 points, with Leuer adding 10 of his own. Leuer also had a team-high six rebounds.

Now that the carnage is over, Penn State moves on to face Michigan State in the semifinals on Saturday.

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Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines defeats No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 60-55

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers defeats Michigan State, 74-56

Penn State defeats Wisconsin 36-33

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State vs. Michigan, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Michigan State vs. Penn State, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

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Big 10 Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan State Sends Purdue Home For Second Straight Year, 74-56

In the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night, Michigan State put No. 9 Purdue in familiar territory. Kalin Lucas put up a terrific, 30-point performance, and the Spartans handed the Boilermakers their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament rout, 74-56.

Lucas, a senior, shot 50 percent from the field and made the most of his opportunities from the free-throw line to record his 30 points. The Spartans won the rebound battle thanks to Draymond Green's 13 boards.

Purdue was led by JaJuan Johnson's 21 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort. This is the Boilermakers' second consecutive tournament loss of 18 points or greater, as they fell to Minnesota in 2010, 69-42.

Here is how the bracket looks entering the final round.

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines defeats No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 60-55

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State 8:55 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State vs. Michigan, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Michigan State vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

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Big 10 Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan Rallied To Top Illinois, Advances To Semifinals

Michigan defeated Illinois, 60-55, in the quarterfinals of the Big 10 Tournament, likely clinching an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and forcing Illinois to sweat a bit. The Wolverines rallied from a 12-point deficit with 8:35 to play to pick up the win.

Michigan trailed 51-39 after a three-pointer by Brandon Paul, but rallied to score the next 12 points, eventually tying the score at 51 with 3:31 remaining. The Wolverines then took the lead for good when Evan Smotrycz stole the ball from Mike Tisdale, which eventually led to a three-pointer by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 1:51 remaining. The Illini had two chances to tie the game, but failed on both of them in the final minute. First, Jerome Richardson missed a three, then Paul missed a jumper with 13 seconds left after Michigan missed a free throw that would have pushed the lead to four.

Michigan now moves to 20-12 and will face No. 1 seed Ohio State in the semifinals. Illinois falls to 19-13, and while its place in the NCAA Tournament field is likely secure, it will still have a nice long sweat come Sunday.

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines defeats No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 60-55

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: No. 1 Ohio State Survives In Overtime Vs. Northwestern

No. 1 Ohio State was tested more than expected vs. Northwestern on Friday, but the Buckeyes survived the scare and won in overtime to advance to the semifinals. Jared Sullinger led the way for the Buckeyes with 22 points, including 16-18 from the free throw line. 

For Northwestern, John Shurna led the way with 23 points, and Michael Thompson added 15, but it wasn't enough to help the Wildcats overcome a deeper, more talented team. Ohio State will play the winner of Illinois and Michigan in the semifinals on Saturday.

If Friday's first game was any indication, the rest of the action should be worth watching, particularly between Michigan and Illinois, two teams that still have plenty to play for. Here's a look at the updated bracket and schedule here.

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes defeats Northwestern, 67-61 (OT)

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 25 minutes after Ohio State game, ESPN2

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: No. 1 Ohio State Tips At Noon

The first round of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament is over, with five more teams joining the fray in Friday's portion of the bracket. The top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes highlight a group that includes Purdue, the second seed, and Wisconsin, No. 3 in the Big Ten.

On Thursday, the tournament went as expected, with the higher seeds sweeping the three first round matchups. Northwestern breezed to a 10-point win over Minnesota to start the action off, followed by a five-point Michigan State win over Iowa. Penn State capped the first day with a six-point win over Indiana.

On Friday, it's a quadruple-header in the Big Ten Tournament, beginning with Ohio State and Northwestern at noon. Three of the four games are on ESPN2, with the Big Ten Network handling the broadcasting duties for the Michigan-Illinois game.

Here's a look at the updated Big Ten Tournament bracket and schedule.

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 25 minutes after Ohio State game, ESPN2

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State/Northwestern winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Penn State Beats Indiana, 61-55

Penn State kept alive its hopes of making the NCAA Tournament as they defeated Indiana, 61-55. The Lions had three starters score in double digits, but it was their work around the glass that helped them overcome Indiana's late first-half lead and hold the lead in the last half of the game. The held a 28-19 advantage over the Hoosiers in rebounds.

Penn State now must face the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday. Even if they are able to defeat the Badgers, that may not be enough to get them an at-large selection. A win in the semifinals would likely be the way into the Tournament.

Penn State and Wisconsin will be found on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

For more on this game, Penn St. Nittany Lions fans should visit Black Shoe Diaries and SB Nation Pittsburgh, and Indiana Hoosiers fans should visit The Crimson Quarry and SB Nation Indiana.

Here is the full Big Ten Tournament 2011 bracket (all times EST):    

First Round: Thursday, March 10

No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats def. No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 75-65

No. 7 Michigan State Spartans def. No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes, 66-61

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions def. No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers, 61-55

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 25 minutes after Ohio State game, ESPN2

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State/Northwestern winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Michigan State Defeats Iowa 66-61

Michigan State aren't completely off the bubble, but with a win tonight in the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament over Iowa, they've moved considerably closer to securing an NCAA Tournament berth. The Hawkeyes pushed them all night, but the Spartans were eventually able to take the lead and hold on at the end of the half, securing a 66-61 victory.

Michigan State faces Purdue tomorrow, and while it is not a must-win game, a win over the Boilermakers would all but guarantee a March Madness bid.

For more on this game, Iowa Hawkeyes fans should visit Black Heart Gold Pants, and Michigan State Spartans fans should visit The Only Colors.

Here is the full Big Ten Tournament 2011 bracket (all times EST):    

First Round: Thursday, March 10

No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats def. No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers

No. 7 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes, 25 minutes after Northwestern-Minnesota, ESPN2

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 25 minutes after Ohio State game, ESPN2

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State-Indiana winner, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State/Northwestern winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Northwestern Handles Minnesota, 75-65

Northwestern has advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, beating Minnesota 75-65, with the Gophers adding a passel of garbage points at the end. The Wildcats hit nine three-pointers, with Michael Thompson's five giving him 35 points. For Minnesota, Trevor Mbakwe led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats will next get Ohio State, the nation's No. 1 team. Northwestern very nearly gave the Buckeyes their first loss of the season on January 29, falling 58-57 at home. The Cats couldn't get much going in that game, but did sink a lot of threes. It's kind of their thing. 

Northwestern plays Ohio State at noon Friday on ESPN2. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals.

For more on this game, Northwestern fans should join Sippin' On Purple and SB Nation Chicago. Gophers fans should join The Daily Gopher and SB Nation Minnesota

Here is the full Big Ten Tournament 2011 bracket (all times EST):

First Round: Thursday, March 10

No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats def. No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers

No. 7 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes, 25 minutes after Northwestern-Minnesota, ESPN2

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini, 25 minutes after Ohio State game, ESPN2

No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State-Iowa winner, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State-Indiana winner, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Ohio State/Northwestern winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN

For more on the 2011 Big Ten tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join BT PowerhouseOff Tackle Empire, and SB Nation ChicagoBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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