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2017 Big Ten Tournament: Bracket, seeds, location, how to watch

2017 Big Ten Tournament: Bracket, seeds, location, how to watch

The 2017 Big Ten Tournament invades Washington, D.C. as one of the nation's premier college basketball conferences determine which team will earn the automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and which teams will leave their postseason fate in the hands of the NCAA Tournament Committee.

For the first time since the conference began hosting the tournament at a neutral location in 1998, the Big Ten will crown a tournament champion on the east coast.

The five-day event begins on Wednesday, March 8 at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., with the tournament culminating with the championship game on Sunday afternoon, just before the committee finalizes the bracket for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The bottom four teams in the conference will get things started on Wednesday, with the two winners going on to join the next six teams. The top four seeds earned byes until the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, which take place on Friday, March 10.

The Purdue Boilermakers finished the regular season with a 14-4 Big Ten record, which secured them the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the program's first since 2010.

The Wisconsin Badgers and Maryland Terrapins finished the season tied at 12-6, and due to Wisconsin's 71-60 win over Maryland in February, the Badgers hold the tiebreaker and will be the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament while the local Terrapins will be the No. 4 seed.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers earned the No. 4 seed thanks to a 11-7 regular-season record.

2017 Big Ten Tournament How To Watch

When: March 8 — March 12

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

How To Watch: The Big Ten Tournament will air on The Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, with the semifinals and finals airing on CBS.

Online Stream: You can watch the Big Ten Tournament on the Big Ten 2 Go app or the WatchESPN app.

2017 Big Ten Tournament Bracket

Wednesday, March 8 (First round)
No. 13  Penn State 76, No. 12 Nebraska 67
No. 14 Rutgers 66, No. 11 Ohio State 57

Thursday, March 9 (Second round)
Game 3: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois — 12:00 p.m. (BTN)
Game 4: No. 5 Michigan State vs. No.12 Penn State — 3:00 p.m. (BTN)
Game 5: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Indiana — 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 6: No. 6 Northwestern vs. No. 14 Rutgers— 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7: No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 8 Michigan— 12:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 8: No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5v12 winner— 3:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 9: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No.7v10 winner — 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Game 10: No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 6v14 winner — 9:00 p.m. (BTN)

Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner — 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner — 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, March 12 (Championship game)
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner — 3:00 p.m. (CBS)

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

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Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.