INDIANAPOLIS — Day 1 is in the books, and there were no surprises, as higher seeds in No. 11 Illinois and No. 12 Nebraska both prevailed in the opening round of the 19th Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini took down No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, and the Huskers dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, to advance to play No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Wisconsin, respectively. Get my Best of Day 1 below. Biggest surprise: Seeing Rutgers keep its game close with Nebraska into the second half. The game was tied 43-43
INDIANAPOLIS — The first day of the 2016 Big Ten tourney is in the books. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] No. 12 Illinois and No. 11 Nebraska kicked off the tournament with wins over No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Rutgers, respectively, and will move on to play Thursday. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa, while the Huskers draw No. 6 Wisconsin. There were several outstanding individual performers from Wednesday’s opening night of play, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman highlight their best with their All-Wednesday teams below. TOM DIENHART Michael Finke,
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 11 Nebraska had lost nine of its last 11 games entering Wednesday night, so beating No. 14 Rutgers in its opening round of the Big Ten tourney offered some relief to the program. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Cornhuskers used a balanced attack to subdue the Scarlet Knights, who closed with a 7-24 mark and just one Big Ten victory, which came in the season finale vs. Minnesota. Nebraska, which snapped a three-game losing skid in the Big Ten tourney, play No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday night. NO. 11 NEBRASKA 89,
INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Ten tourney tipped off Wednesday afternoon with No. 12 Illinois playing No. 13 Minnesota, two programs whose seasons never got on track. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Illini have had to deal with injuries that have proven ruinous, while the Gophers have been impacted by youth and suspensions that effectively torpedoed any hopes they had for success. It was all Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, though, as the Fighting Illini rolled to a commanding 85-52 victory to advance to play No. 5 Iowa on Thursday. *** ILLINOIS 85, MINNESOTA 52
The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament got underway Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: Bookmark our Big Ten tourney central page ] No. 12 Illinois throttled No. 13 Minnesota, 85-52, behind a balanced attack and a Big Ten tourney record 14 3-pointers in the opener, and No. 11 Nebraska dropped No. 14 Rutgers, 89-72, thanks to Shavon Shields’ first double-double of the season. The Illini advance to play No. 5 Iowa and the Huskers move on to face No. 6 Wisconsin. Check out some of our favorite plays from Wednesday’s opening action below. BRACKET | STORIES
Who is seeded too high and too low for our BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart? Who has the most on the line? Who has the best shot at an upset? Catch up on the Big ten tourney before the first game tips off today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Illinois' Cory Bradford in 1999. Iowa's Reggie Evans in 2001. Northwestern's Michael Thompson in 2011. These are but a few of the eye-opening performances that drove their respective men's basketball teams deeper into the Big Ten tournament than most expected.
BTN will increase its coverage of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2016, televising at least 25 men’s and women’s games and streaming approximately 40 other games on BTN Plus. Additional events may be added to the schedule at a later date. Men’s television coverage begins Tuesday, March 19, when No. 20 Ohio State hosts No. 6 Towson in a top-20 matchup. Highlighting the remainder of the schedule is 2015 national runner-up and No. 12 Maryland at Penn State on Sunday, April 10, No. 11 Johns Hopkins at Penn State on Sunday, April 17 and Ohio State at Maryland
Outright Big Ten champion Indiana enters the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second time in four years. [ MORE: Tourney central | Big Ten tourney bracket | Jon Crispin’s preview | Big Ten tourney, A-Z | 19 Big Ten tourney facts | Standings | Stats | Scores ] That doesn’t mean the Hoosiers are the clear-cut favorite to win the event, however, according to BTN analysts. See our analysts’ picks to claim the 19th Big Ten tourney title below. Jon Crispin (@BTNJonCrispin): No. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans can win games in a variety of
The 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament field is set.