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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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Jalen Smith's double-double helps Maryland rout Notre Dame

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Jalen Smith's double-double helps Maryland rout Notre Dame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Jalen Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as No. 3 Maryland cruised to a 72-51 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Eric Ayala scored 14 points and Aaron Wiggins added 11 for the Terrapins (9-0), who are off to their best start since winning 10 in a row to open the 1998-99 season.

John Mooney had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame (6-2), which had won six in a row since opening the season with a loss at North Carolina.

It took some time for the Terps' offense to get going, but their defense was sharp for nearly the entire first half. After falling behind 9-4, Maryland allowed just four points over the next 12:31.

Ayala scored seven points in a row to turn a one-point game into a 21-13 lead, and later delivered a tomahawk slam a minute before the break. Aaron Wiggins capped the half by getting the carom from his missed 3-pointer and slamming it home for a 32-20 lead.

Notre Dame never cut the deficit to less than 10 in the second half as Maryland snapped a six-game skid in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a streak that began when the Terps were still in the ACC.

Smith recorded his fifth double-double of the season, matching his total from all of last season.

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Terps close first half vs. Notre Dame with two emphatic dunks (WATCH)

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Terps close first half vs. Notre Dame with two emphatic dunks (WATCH)

The Maryland Terrapins, like they have many times in the Mark Turgeon era, started off slow Wednesday night against Notre Dame.

But the Terps closed the first half by making eight of their final nine shots, including two very emphatic dunks.

The first came from sophomore Eric Ayala, who took the lead pass from forward Jalen Smith following a turnover and finished with a right-hand tomahawk.

The latter came from guard Aaron Wiggins. The sophomore attempted a three-point shot with just a handful of seconds remaining in the half, but realized his shot was off as soon as his feet hit the floor. 

Likely making his AAU coach happy, Wiggins followed his shot perfectly, grabbed the rebound and threw down the putback dunk just a couple of seconds before time expired, giving the Terps a 12-point lead at the break.

If the No. 3 Terps can hang on to their lead, it will be Maryland's first time starting 9-0 in around two decades.

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