Minnesota’s nearly month-long streak of misery finally came to an end on Wednesday as the No. 13 seed Gophers knocked off No. 12 seed Northwestern 51-46 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Gophers will advance to play No. 5 seed Ohio State in Thursday’s second round as the Buckeyes look to snap a losing streak of their own.
Though still projected as a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology, Ohio State dropped four straight games against quality foes to end the regular season and will be looking to generate some momentum against the Gophers. Minnesota won the first meeting 77-60 on Jan. 3 behind a 27-point outburst from center Liam Robbins. But Robbins did not play in Wednesday’s win over Northwestern due to a sprained ankle, and he may not be 100% even if he can return Thursday.
Whoever comes out on top on Sunday evening will have withstood a gauntlet as the Big Ten is projected to have nine NCAA Tournament teams, including four teams projected as either No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio State. Of those four, only the No. 5 seed Buckeyes will be in action Thursday as the other three secured double-byes to Friday’s quarterfinals.
Below is the full schedule and tip times for the tournament.
2021 Big Ten Tournament schedule, scores
All times Eastern; some start times approximated
First round — Wednesday, March 10
Game 1: No. 13 Minnesota 51, No. 12 Northwestern 46 | Recap
Game 2: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 14 Nebraska | 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Second round — Thursday, March 11
Game 3: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Michigan State | 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 4: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Minnesota | 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 5: No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 10 Indiana | 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 6: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. Game 2 winner | 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Quarterfinals — Friday, March 12
Game 7: No. 1 Michigan vs. Game 3 winner | 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 8: No. 4 Purdue vs. Game 4 winner | 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 9: No. 2 Illinois vs. Game 5 winner | 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 10: No. 3 Iowa vs. Game 6 winner | 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Semifinals — Saturday, March 13
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 1 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | 3:30 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com
Big Ten Tournament Championship Game — Sunday, March 14
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner | 3:30 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com
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