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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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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.

Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph.

"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I thought our guys did a really good job of being focused."

Those conditions seemed like they might favor Maryland and its run-heavy attack.

But Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for more than 40 minutes.

After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab -- which Smith made with one hand -- with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.

"They controlled the line of scrimmage up front. When we did try to run it up inside, they did a very good job of stopping us," Maryland coach Matt Canada said. "The wind really limited us being able to throw the ball down the field to loosen them up."

Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago.

Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.

All three of Maryland's losses have come by at least 21 points.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: The Hawkeyes are really starting to round into form. If Iowa can upset Penn State next week in State College, talk of the Hawkeyes crashing the playoff party will only gain steam because they should be favored to win their last four games.

Maryland: The Terps' defense simply couldn't get off the field, time and again bullied by an Iowa offensive line that played arguably its best game yet. Illinois ran just 39 plays, compared with 76 for Iowa.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa might make another big jump -- the Hawkeyes went from unranked to 19th last week -- after an utterly dominant performance. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by 17, 26 and 23 points.

TURNING POINT

Maryland looked like it had a good shot at holding Iowa to another red-zone field goal late in the first half. But Byron Cowart got flagged for a personal foul following a Stanley incompletion from the Terrapins 22, and two plays later Stanley found Smith in the end zone.

PARKER HESSE CAN'T LOSE

Hesse, Iowa's senior defensive end, played perhaps the signature game of a brilliant career. Hesse knew exactly when to stay home and when to attack on Maryland's option plays, and he added a sack and two tackles for loss. "They give you a lot of different looks ... it all came down to what we did this week in practice," Hesse said. "Not to sound redundant or cheesy. That's just something you've got to practice."

THE NUMBERS

Ty Johnson was the only Maryland player with more than one catch. He had two, for two yards. Iowa was 9 of 18 on third downs and 3 of 4 on fourth downs. Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis combined for 29 tackles for Maryland. The Hawkeyes wore out Maryland with a 17-play drive in the first quarter that consumed nine minutes and ended with a 23-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. "Our objective is to get off the field on third down. Unfortunately, we understand when those long drives happen, it's because we failed to do that," Watson said.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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