The final day of the Big Ten regular season may have proven that this week’s conference tournament in Indianapolis should be quite the treat. Sunday’s postseason appetizer began with Nebraska, a 12.5-point road underdog, stunning No. 10 Wisconsin and spoiling the Badgers’ chance to secure the outright regular-season title, and ended with Illinois overcoming a 15-point deficit at home to Iowa. In the process, the Illini clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tourney and a co-championship with Wisconsin.
Nebraska’s darling run under the sun dried up Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament opener, though, with its three-game winning streak getting snapped by Northwestern in the first round, 71-69. It was the first of the day’s doubleheader that finished with Penn State sending Minnesota home. Thus far, the bracket has gone chalk.
But if we’ve learned anything from this league it’s that chaos happens with frequency. That makes the rest of this week’s tournament especially intriguing because from top to bottom, it still feels like any team can best another in any game. So buckle up and prepare yourself by checking out the full schedule and tip times for the tournament below.
2022 Big Ten Tournament schedule, scores
All times Eastern; some start times approximated
Second round — Thursday, March 10
Game 3: No. 9 Indiana 74, No. 8 Michigan 69 | Recap
Game 4: No. 5 Iowa 112, No. 12 Northwestern 76 | Recap
Game 5: No. 7 Michigan State 76, No. 10 Maryland 72 | Recap
Game 6: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Penn State | 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Quarterfinals — Friday, March 11
Game 7: No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 9 Indiana | 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 8: No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 5 Iowa | 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 9: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Michigan State | 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Game 10: No. 3 Purdue vs. Game 6 winner | 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Semifinals — Saturday, March 12
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 1 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com, Paramount+
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | 3:30 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com, Paramount+
Big Ten Tournament Championship Game — Sunday, March 13
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner | 3:30 p.m. on CBS, CBSSports.com, Paramount+
Follow below for updates, analysis and highlights throughout the event.
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Second round: Michigan State 76, Maryland 72
The Spartans led 57-37 with 13:04 remaining, but the Terrapins cut it to 74-72 on an Eric Ayala bucket with 16 seconds left. Max Christie helped close it out at the free-throw from there for Michigan State, which advances to play No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the quarterfinals tomorrow. Christie led the Spartans with 16 points while Gabe Brown contributed 13. Tom Izzo used 10 players tonight; if the Spartans are going to win four games in four days, that depth will come in handy.
The loss ends Maryland’s season with a 15-17 record. It was a promising offseason for the program with the additions of Fatts Russell and Qudus Wahab from the transfer portal, but Mark Turgeon’s early-season resignation was a sign that things weren’t in great shape behind the scenes. Interim coach Danny Manning got this team playing at a respectable level in late February, but now attention turns to who the program will hire as its next coach.
Second Round: Iowa, 112, Northwestern 76
No. 5 seed Iowa cruised on to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday with a 112-76 drubbing of No. 12 seed Northwestern. The Hawkeyes left no doubt in this one, jumping out to the 33-point lead at halftime and never really letting their foot off the gas. The 112 points are the most scored by a team in Big Ten Tournament history.
Keegan Murray led the way in the win with 26 points and eight rebounds as five Hawkeyes finished with double-figures. Jordan Bohannon was the second-leading scorer with 17.
With the win, Iowa advances to the quarterfinals on Friday where it will meet No. 4 seed Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Second round: Indiana 74, Michigan 69
The first game of the second round of Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament set quite the bar for the rest of the day in Indianapolis. What looked at one point like an imminent blowout win for Michigan over Indiana quickly spiraled out of the Wolverines’ control late and into the Hoosiers’ hands, as IU overcame a 17-point second half to advance to the quarterfinals with a 74-69 win.
“They just won’t quit,” IU coach Mike Woodson said of his team in an interview with the Big Ten Network after the game. “It was heated in the locker room at halftime. I didn’t think we were competing at all. I thought the second half we came out, Geronimo came in and gave us a huge lift.”
Jordan Geronimo finished with only five points and a pair of rebounds, but came up big time and again in the second half on the defensive end of the floor. Meanwhile, teammate Trayce Jackson-Davis stepped up on the other end, as he finished with 24 points — 19 in the second half — to stun the Wolverines in the comeback.
First round: Penn State 60, Minnesota 51
The final game of the first round of this week’s Big Ten Tournament came to a merciful end Wednesday night with Penn State edging Minnesota in a low-scoring affair, 60-51. The Nittany Lions trailed early by as many as seven points and had a four-point halftime deficit before rallying to outscore the Golden Gophers 36-23 in the second half.
Penn State senior guard Jalen Pickett led the charge to victory with a game-high 22 points while playing all 40 minutes. Thirteen of his 22 came in the second half. He finished an efficient 9 of 14 shooting from the floor with seven rebounds.
Minnesota had four players finish in double figures despite the low points total led by Jamison Battle’s 19 points. But despite taking more shots than Penn State, it shot just 37% from the floor and 26% from distance in the loss.
First round: Northwestern 71, Nebraska 69
The No. 12 seed Wildcats got a stop in the final seconds as Alonzo Verge’s drive while down two came up empty. Northwestern had great defense down the stretch, and it will advance to face No. 5 seed Iowa tomorrow. The No. 13 seed Cornhuskers led by 15 early in the second half, but Northwestern shot 53.3% in the second half to keep its season alive for at least one more day. Boo Buie led the way with 16 for Northwestern and Pete Nance added 14.
The Cornhuskers had won three straight entering the league tournament and looked great in the first half, but ultimately their season comes to an end with a 10-22 record. The administration has signaled that coach Fred Hoiberg will be back for a fourth season, despite the fact that he’s just 15-64 in league play thus far.