Big 10 Basketball Tournament: March Madness Heats Up in Minneapolis

mikesmithgstsMarch 15, 2024

The 2024 Big 10 Basketball Tournament, held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has seen its fair share of exciting matchups and buzzer-beaters. While the championship game is yet to be played, here’s a comprehensive look at the tournament so far:

Tournament Format and Teams for Big 10 Basketball Tournament :

  • Single-elimination: Fourteen Big 10 Conference teams compete in a bracket-style format, with each loss eliminating a team.
  • Automatic NCAA Tournament Bid: The winner receives the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Key Highlights:

  • Upsets: Lower-seeded teams like Maryland and Penn State caused early upsets, defeating Rutgers and Michigan respectively in the first round.
  • Close Contests: Several games have been decided by narrow margins, showcasing the conference’s competitiveness.
  • Remaining Schedule (as of March 15, 2024):
    • Friday, March 15th:
      • Northwestern vs. Wisconsin (7:48 PM CT)
      • Illinois vs. Ohio State (10:30 PM CT)
    • Saturday, March 16th:
      • Nebraska vs. Indiana (12:00 AM CT)
      • Semifinal Games (Times TBD)
    • Sunday, March 17th:
      • Championship Game (Time TBD)

Championship Race:

  • Top Seeds Advance: Top-seeded Purdue and No. 2 seed Illinois have secured spots in the quarterfinals.
  • Remaining Contenders: Ohio State, Indiana, and Northwestern are also vying for the championship title.

Where to Watch:

  • First Round: Peacock
  • Second & Third Round: Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • Semifinals & Championship: CBS
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