The final wave of conference tournaments get under way on Thursday, including a Big Ten tournament that features a jam at the top of the standings. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all finished tied for the regular season title, with the Spartans earning the tiebreaker for seeding purposes. Those three teams and Wisconsin will get to wait their turn, entering the bracket on Friday in the quarterfinals.
On the first day of the Big Ten tournament, eight teams will battle for the right to advance and face the top four seeds. Iowa and Illinois kick off the action at 11:30 a.m., followed by Indiana vs. Penn State, Northwestern vs. Minnesota and Purdue vs. Nebraska staggered throughout the day and evening.
The full schedule, courtesy of the Big Ten website, is below. The full bracket can be found here.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Game 1: No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois, 11:30 a.m., BTN
Game 2: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State, 25 minutes following Game 1 conclusion, BTN
Game 3: No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4: No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska, 25 minutes following Game 3 conclusion, ESPN2
Friday, March 9, 2012
Game 5: No. 1 Michigan State vs. Game 1 Winner, Noon, ESPN
Game 6: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Game 2 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 5 conclusion, ESPN
Game 7: No. 2 Michigan vs. Game 3 Winner, 6:30 p.m., BTN
Game 8: No. 3 Ohio State vs. Game 4 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 7 conclusion, BTN
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS Sports
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 9 conclusion, CBS Sports
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Game 11: Tournament Championship, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports