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Thursday / July 9.
  • Big Ten Tournament Bracket: Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Nebraska are top four seeds

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    Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 21st annual event will be played from Feb. 28 – March 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    Michigan State finished with a 16-2 conference record and claimed the outright regular-season title with a 68-63 win at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans’ outright regular-season crown is its first since the 2008-09 season. They open play at Noon ET on Friday.

    Ohio State and Purdue tied for the second place in the regular-season standings, with a 15-3 record, with the Buckeyes earning the No. 2 seed based on a head-to-head victory vs. the Boilermakers. Nebraska earned the No. 4 seed and the final double-bye of the tournament with a 76-64 result vs. Penn State on the last day of the regular season. The Huskers tied with Michigan at 13-5, but Nebraska claimed the fourth seed by virtue of its head-to-head win vs. the Wolverines.

    The tournament begins on Wednesday with two opening-round games of No. 13 Illinois vs. No. 12 Iowa at 5:30 p.m. ET followed by No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers. BTN will broadcast games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with CBS set to televise the semifinals on Saturday and championship game on Sunday.

    All-session tickets currently remain available at the Madison Square Garden box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Single-session tickets will go on sale beginning at Noon ET on Monday.

    Here’s the coverage from Wednesday-Friday on the Big Ten Network:

    Wednesday

    B1G Tip-Off Show

    5:00 PM

    No. 13 Illinois vs. No. 12 Iowa

    5:30 PM

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    7:30 PM

    No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers

    8:00 PM

    The B1G Show

    10:00 PM

     

    Thursday

    B1G Tip-Off Show

    11:30 AM

    No. 8  Maryland vs. No. 9 Wisconsin

    Noon

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    2:00 PM

    No. 5 Michigan vs. Game 1 winner

    2:30 PM

    The B1G Show

    4:30 PM

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    5:00 PM

    B1G Tip-Off Show

    6:00 PM

    No. 7 Penn State vs No. 10 Northwestern

    6:30 PM

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    8:30 PM

    No. 6 Indiana  vs. Game 2 winner

    9:00 PM

    The B1G Show

    11:00 PM

     

    Friday

    B1G Tip-Off Show

    11:30 AM

    No. 1 Michigan State vs. Game 3 winner

    Noon

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    2:00 PM

    No. 4 Nebraska vs. Game 4 winner

    2:30 PM

    The B1G Show

    4:30 PM

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    5:00 PM

    B1G Tip-Off Show

    6:00 PM

    No. 2 Ohio State vs. Game 5 winner

    6:30 PM

    B1G Basketball Game Break

    8:30 PM

    No. 3 Purdue vs. Game 6 winner

    9:00 PM

    The B1G Show

    11:00 PM

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.