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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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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.

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Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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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.

UP NEXT

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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