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MBB Begins Play in B1G Tourney Wednesday vs. Nebraska

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March 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's basketball team will begin competition in the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call.

The 13th-seeded Nittany Lions and 12th-seeded Huskers met just once this season with Nebraska capturing a 82-66 win Feb. 14 in Lincoln.

Penn State is 11-19 in the Big Ten Tournament since the event began in 1998 with one trip to the final (2011). The Nittany Lions made a run to the quarterfinals in their last appearance as the No. 13 seed in 2015. They knocked off Nebraska and Iowa before being clipped by Purdue in the third game.

Five players on the 2016-17 roster have seen action in the league tourney, led by four appearances by Shep Garner and Julian Moore over the last two years. Garner averages 13.8 points over his four appearances in league tourney action. Against Ohio State in the second round last year, he tallied 25 points, five rebounds and a five assists, producing the second-most points by a PSU player in the tournament.

All-session tickets currently remain available at the Verizon Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Single-session tickets will go on sale beginning at noon ET on Monday.


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BIG TEN RELEASE:

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced
Tournament will be played at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. for first time

Rosemont, Ill. – Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Minnesota are the top four seeds in the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 20th annual event will be contested from March 8-12 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. 

After winning the outright Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 conference record, Purdue is the tournament’s top seed and will open play at Noon ET on Friday. Maryland and Wisconsin completed the season with a 12-6 conference record. Based on conference tiebreaking procedures, the Badgers are the No. 2 seed and the Terrapins claimed the No. 3 seed. Wisconsin opens play in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, while the Terrapins will get underway at approximately 9 p.m.

Minnesota wrapped up the Big Ten season with an 11-7 conference record after winning eight of its last nine games. The Gophers will begin play in the quarterfinals on Friday at approximately 2:30 p.m. 

Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern all ended the season with a conference record of 10-8. Based on conference tiebreakers, the Spartans are the No. 5 seed, followed by sixth-seeded Northwestern, No. 7 Iowa and eighth-seeded Michigan.

Illinois finished 8-10 in conference play, and is the No. 9 seed. Indiana and Ohio State both finished the conference season with a record of 7-11. The Hoosiers earned the No. 10 seed based on conference tiebreakers. Ohio State enters the tournament as the No. 11 seed. 

Nebraska and Penn State wrapped up the conference season tied with a 6-12 record. The Huskers claimed the No. 12 seed through conference tiebreaker procedures, while Penn State represents the No. 13 seed. Rutgers (3-15) will be the No. 14 seed.       

All-session tickets currently remain available at the Verizon Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Single-session tickets will go on sale beginning at noon ET on Monday.


 

 

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