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B1G Tourney: Best sights & sounds from Day 1

Day One of the Big Ten Tournament is officially in the books. Just as the regular season was, the opening round of the tournament was anything but predictable. No. 11 Northwestern upset No. 6 Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota recorded narrow wins over Purdue and Penn State,  respectively, and Illinois topped Indiana, who many believed could make a run in this tournament. With that said, let’s take a look back at the best sights and sounds from Day One of the Big Ten Tournament. [ MORE: Read all of our Big Ten tournament coverage ] Best win: No. 11 Northwestern

Chris Collins

Big Ten Geeks: Northwestern shocks Iowa

Iowa’s tailspin to close the regular season has carried into the postseason in the form of a stunning loss to Northwestern, 67-62. As an adjective, “stunning” is overused as pertains to college basketball, but this result is deserving of the term. Not only did the Wildcats overcome some heavy odds to get the win (KenPom had the Hawkeyes as 86% favorites), Chris Collins’ team also did it in the most unlikely way. Northwestern scored a staggering 1.17 points per possession on red-hot shooting (57 percent on twos, 48 percent on threes). Let’s not forget – these Wildcats quite possibly have

Tre Demps

Dienhart: Take a bow, Tre Demps & Wildcats

The way the regular season went you just knew there would be an upset or two on the first day of the Big Ten tourney. No. 9 Illinois beat No. 8 Indiana, but that’s not much of an upset. No. 11 Northwestern over No. 6 Iowa, the team that beat the Wildcats by 26 in both meetings this year? That would be an upset. And that’s just what we had. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: This was a nip-and-tuck

Devyn Marble

No. 11 Northwestern upsets No. 6 Iowa, 67-62

(AP) Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament. They went on a 7-2 run when Crawford made a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 55-51 lead with 3:52 remaining before Alex Olah drew a charge and scored a pair of free throws. Roy Devyn Marble had 25 points and Jarrod Uthoff finished with 17 points and nine

Austin Hollins

Big Ten Geeks: Gophers survive and advance

Needing a victory to keep its at-large hopes alive, Minnesota gutted one out against a persistent Penn State squad. Although the Gophers’ lead touched double digits at times, the Nittany Lions kept fighting and had opportunities down the stretch to make a real game of it. An Andre Hollins three with 12 seconds left would ice it, and Minnesota fans could finally exhale. The biggest difference in this game was Minnesota’s superior shooting accuracy, which was only slightly due to better shot selection. % Shots at Rim % Shots 2pt Jumpers % Shots 3pt Penn State 36% 29% 36% Minnesota

Austin Hollins

Dienhart: Austin Hollins leads Gophers in must-win

In a game it needed to win to keep its NCAA tourney hopes alive, No. 7 Minnesota was able to hold off Penn State, 63-56, Thursday night in Indianapolis. The Gophers, led by Austin Hollins’ 18 points, meet No. 2 Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS ] Key moment: Minnesota was in control throughout the game, never trailing and leading by as many as 14 points. But the Golden Gophers never could put the Nittany Lions

D.J. Newbill

No. 7 Minnesota holds off No. 10 Penn State, 63-56

(AP) Austin Hollins scored 18 points, Deandre Mathieu added 13 and Andre Hollins hit a late 3-pointer Thursday to give Minnesota a badly needed 63-56 win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. The seventh-seeded Golden Gophers (20-12), who jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed, advanced to Friday night’s quarterfinal against No. 12 Wisconsin with their third win in four games. No. 10 seed Penn State (15-17) had a miserable night shooting, making only 32.2 percent from the field. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS

Ohio State Bench

Big Ten Geeks: Ohio State outlasts Purdue

In a game that featured three-fifths of the recently-selected Big Ten All-Defensive Team, it was indeed defense that ruled the day as Ohio State held off a stiff challenge from Purdue. This was a ragged affair, with both teams scoring under a point per trip and combining for 29 turnovers. The squads combined to shoot 3-for-24 from downtown, a number that stung even more for the Boilermakers when Terone Johnson’s would-be game-winning three at the buzzer came up short. There were stretches of this game where it felt like neither team could score. Ohio State was mostly driving to the hoop

Amir Williams

Dienhart: Ohio State wins back-and-forth affair

Reigning Big Ten tourney champ Ohio State nipped Purdue, 63-61, in the second of four games Thursday in the Big Ten tourney. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes avoided becoming just the second team, and first since 1999, to lose to the lowest seed in event history. Get Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Ohio State’s narrow Round 1 win in this post. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | ALL SCORES |  CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS  ] Key moment: Ohio State was clinging to a 57-54 lead when Aaron Craft lobbed a pass to Sam Thompson, who threw down an emphatic dunk

Lenzelle Smith Jr.

No. 5 Ohio State thwarts No. 12 Purdue upset bid

(AP) LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a 63-61 victory over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament. The win sent the defending tourney champs into Friday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska. Purdue (15-17) didn’t make it easy on the fifth-seeded Buckeyes. A.J. Hammons finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Terone Johnson finished with 10 for the 12th seeded Boilermakers, who were eliminated after a seventh straight loss. [ MORE: AP RECAP | BOX | PBP | DIENHART | ALL SCORES | CONNECT | LIVE PRESSERS