The B1G Tournament got underway on Wednesday night with four teams kicking off the action in Chicago. Two teams advanced to the second round while two more are headed back to campus.
Nebraska posted a 68-61 win over Rutgers and Illinois knocked off Northwestern 74-69 in overtime. Now, the Huskers and Illini carry the momentum of a first-round victory into Day 2 of the B1G Tournament.
Here’s what the matchups look like on Day 2 in Chicago:
#9 Indiana (17-14) vs. #8 Ohio State (18-13)
Tipoff: 12:30 p.m. ET
What’s at stake: Both Indiana and Ohio State are on the bubble. The winner will add a nice win to the resumé and the loser will likely earn a bid to the NIT. The first game of Day 2 in Chicago is probably the most significant of the B1G Tournament.
#13 Nebraska (17-15) vs. #5 Maryland (22-9)
Tipoff: 2:55 p.m. ET (approximately)
What’s at stake: Nebraska is playing with just scholarship guys and somehow managed to defeat Rutgers despite a second half deficit. At this point, the Huskers are just playing for pride and a shot at the NIT. Maryland, on the other hand, has a legitimate shot to win the B1G title and improve its seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
#10 Penn State (14-17) vs. #7 Minnesota (19-12)
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
What’s at stake: Minnesota has probably registered enough quality wins this season to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament, but to feel comfortable, the Gophers probably need a win over Penn State. But the Nittany Lions won’t make life easy for Minnesota. PSU enters the game having won six of its last eight and is hoping to make a late surge and pull off a few upsets in Chicago.
#11 Illinois (12-20) vs. #6 Iowa (21-10)
Tipoff: 9:25 p.m. ET (approximately)
What’s at stake: Illinois is coming off an emotional overtime win over Northwestern and might have some momentum heading into Day 2. But as far as the postseason is concerned, the Illini would have to win the B1G Tournament. Iowa, on the other hand, has lost four straight games and needs to regain some of its early-season confidence ahead of the NCAA Tournament.