PSU defends B1G title, earns tourney No. 1 seed

After winning its second consecutive title, Penn State earned the No. 1 seed and first-round bye of the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be hosted by Ohio State University, with the opening-round matchups beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Wisconsin earned the No. 2 seed after concluding the regular season with a 4-2-0 conference record. The Badgers will face No. 7 Northwestern in Wednesday’s final game at 7 p.m. ET. The two teams previously met on Nov. 3, with Wisconsin defeating the Wildcats, 1-0.

[ MORE: View official 2013 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament bracket (PDF) ]

Michigan State, which is the reigning tournament champion, finished with a 3-2-1 conference mark and earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Spartans will collide with No. 6 Ohio State in Wednesday’s opening match at 2 p.m. ET. The two teams went head-to-head on Oct. 13, ending in a 1-1 double-overtime draw.

Michigan garnered the No. 4 seed with a 3-3-0 conference record. The Wolverines will face off with No. 5 Indiana in the tournament’s second game at 4:30 p.m. ET. Michigan defeated the Hoosiers, 2-1, when the two teams previously met on Oct. 26.

The top-seeded Nittany Lions will face the winner of the Michigan State-Ohio State matchup at Noon ET in Friday’s first semifinal game. The second semifinal game will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET, while the championship match will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

BTN will stream the quarterfinals live on the Big Ten Digital Network, while the semifinals and finals will be available live on both BTN and BTN2Go.

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