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Need to Know: 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Primer

February 26, 2018

Beginning on Wednesday, all 14 Big Ten teams will converge on New York City for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.

Holding off on the NCAA tournament discussion for a moment, let's focus on this next week ahead for the Huskers. Following their win over Penn State on Sunday, Nebraska (22-9, 13-5 Big Ten) will enter the conference tournament as a four-seed with a double-bye along with No. 1 seed Michigan State (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten), No. 2 seed Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) and No. 3 seed Purdue (26-5, 15-3 Big Ten).

Here's how the bracket shakes out:

Wednesday, Feb. 28

  • Game 1: No. 12 Iowa vs. No. 13 Illinois, 4:30 p.m. CT 
  • Game 2: No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers, 7 p.m. CT or 25 minutes after Game 1

Thursday, March 1

  • Game 3: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wisconsin, 11 a.m. CT
  • Game 4: No. 5 Michigan vs. Game 1 Winner, 1:30 p.m. CT or 25 minutes after Game 3
  • Game 5: No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 10 Northwestern, 5:30 p.m. CT
  • Game 6: No. 6 Indiana vs. Game 2 Winner, 8 p.m. CT or 25 minutes after Game 5

Friday, March 2

  • Game 7: No. 1 Michigan State vs. Game 3 Winner, 11 a.m. CT
  • Game 8: No. 4 Nebraska vs. Game 4 Winner, 1:30 p.m. CT or 25 minutes after Game 7
  • Game 9: No. 2 Ohio State vs. Game 5 Winner, 5:30 p.m. CT
  • Game 10: No. 3 Purdue vs. Game 6 Winner, 8 p.m. CT or 25 minutes after Game 9

Saturday, March 3

  • Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 1 p.m. CT
  • Game 12: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 3:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 4

  • Game 13: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner, 3:30 p.m. CT

The first three days of the tournament will be televised on BTN, with the semifinals and the championship game airing on CBS.

During the regular season, the Huskers only played each of the other top five schools once, going 1-3. The lone win came in a 72-52 trouncing of then-23rd-ranked Michigan at home. The three losses came on the road; with an 86-57 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 3,  a 74-62 loss to Purdue on Jan. 6 and a 64-59 loss to Ohio State on Jan. 22.

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