staff, February 28, 2016

The Big Ten announced the 2016 Big Ten Women?s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night.

[ MORE: View the full Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ]

Maryland (27-3, 16-2), fresh off a 110-77 season-ending victory vs. Minnesota, secured its second consecutive outright Big Ten title and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Terrapins open their tourney title defense at noon ET Friday.

The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately 4 p.m.

No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Indiana join the Terrapins with double-byes in Indianapolis.

BTN will carry the first 12 games of the 2016 Big Ten Women?s Basketball Tournament, while Sunday?s championship game will be televised by ESPN.

In 2015, Maryland became the eighth school to win the conference tournament, joining Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.

Big Ten Women?s Basketball Tournament tickets can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information on the Big Ten Women?s Basketball Tournament, go to