Indiana will play Illinois in B1G Tournament

Indiana will face Illinois in the B1G Tournament Thursday at 12 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers and Illini finished tied for eighth in the Big Ten with 7-11 conference records. The teams split their two games in the regular season.

As far as the way the seedings could have played out for the B1G Tournament which begins Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana has to like its situation about as much as possible.

The No. 8 seed Indiana will face No. 9 Illinois Thursday at 12 p.m. in the first game of the tournament. The winner will face top-seeded Michigan on Friday at 12 p.m.

Indiana split with Illinois in the regular season, losing in the Big Ten opener in Champaign in overtime, 83-80 and beating the Illini in Assembly Hall on Jan. 26, 56-46.

IU also split with Michigan this season, beating the Wolverines in Bloomington Feb. 2, 63-52, and losing Saturday in Ann Arbor, 84-80.

Perhaps what is best about IU's seeding in the tournament is that the Hoosiers will be on the opposite side of the bracket of both Wisconsin and Michigan State, two teams that IU probably didn't want to play.

The top four seeds that receive a bye on Thursday are No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers secured the fourth and final first round bye by beating Wisconsin 77-68 Sunday night.

The other Thursday games will feature No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Purdue, No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Northwestern, and No. 7 Minnesota and No. 10 Penn State. Minnesota and Penn State just played today with the Golden Gophers winning.


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