After a long year of waiting and a lot of questions around how and if a season would even happen, the Big Ten tournament is finally here. Last year’s tournament was cancelled as a result of the impending coronavirus pandemic, but we’re back and ready for some great action.
The top of the bracket is loaded with three top-5 ranked teams nationally, led by Michigan as the No. 1 seed. They’ll potentially square of with 4-seed Purdue in the quarterfinals, while the option for another Illinois-Iowa matchup on the other side of the bracket.
As of the most recent SB Nation bracket, there are nine Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. Maryland, Michigan State, and Rutgers are all hanging in the 10/11 seed line and could probably do with a win or two to cement their position. Ohio State enters the tournament on a four-game skid, but are still widely considered a two-seed.
When it comes to must-see players, Iowa’s Luka Garza and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu are considered the two front-runners for National Player of the Year.
The top 10 teams receive first-round byes and the top four teams receive double-byes to the quarterfinals. Teams are seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records.
The Bracket & Schedule
Here is the full tournament bracket and day-by-day schedule. Game times subject to change. We’ll be updating it with results along the way. All games will be on the Big Ten Network until the semifinals, with the final three games taking place on CBS. The second game in each session will start 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Round 1: Wednesday, March 10 (All times ET)
Game 1: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 13 Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 14 Nebraska, 9 p.m. (approx.)
Round 2: Thursday, March 11
Game 3: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Michigan State, 11:30 a.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. No. 5 Ohio State, 2 p.m. (approx.)
Game 5: No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 10 Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. No. 6 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (approx.)
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 12
Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. No. 1 Michigan, 11:30 a.m.
Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. No. 4 Purdue, 2 p.m. (approx.)
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. No. 2 Illinois, 6:30 p.m.
Game 10: Winner of Game 6 vs. No. 3 Iowa, 9 p.m. (approx.)
Semifinals: Saturday, March 13
Game 11: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 1 p.m.
Game 12: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10, 3:30 p.m. (approx.)
Championship—Sunday, March 14
Game 13: Championship Game: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 3:30 p.m.