NU women learn Big Ten tournament draw

The Huskers will face No. 7 seed Michigan in Thursday's first round.
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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletic Communications

The Nebraska women’s basketball team will open the 2020 Big Ten Tournament by taking on No. 7 seed Michigan on Thursday in Indianapolis. Tip-off between the Huskers (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (19-10, 10-8 Big Ten) is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Maryland, ranked No. 7 nationally, and Northwestern, ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press, shared the Big Ten regular-season title with 16-2 conference marks. The Terps earned the No. 1 seed in the five-day tournament, while the Wildcats claimed the No. 2 seed. Maryland and Northwestern joined No. 3 seed Iowa, which is ranked No. 18 nationally, and No. 4 seed Indiana, ranked 22nd by the AP, in earning double-byes in the 14-team tournament.

The Big Ten Tournament opens Wednesday, March 4 with No. 12 seed Wisconsin and No. 13 seed Illinois facing off at 1 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. No. 11 seed Minnesota will clash with No. 14 seed Penn State in Wednesday’s second game.

Action resumes Thursday with No. 8 seed Michigan State tangling with No. 9 seed Purdue at 11 a.m. (CT), before the winner of Wednesday’s game between Wisconsin and Illinois square off with the No. 5 seed Rutgers.

The Thursday evening session tips off with Nebraska and Michigan, before No. 6 seed Ohio State takes on either Minnesota or Penn State in Thursday’s final game.

No. 10 seed Nebraska, which defeated Michigan 74-71 on Jan. 19 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, would advance to face No. 2 seed Northwestern on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) if the Huskers can get past the Wolverines in the tournament’s second round on Thursday.

All of the first 12 games in the tournament from Wednesday through Saturday will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Sunday’s Big Ten Championship Game will be televised by ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (CT).

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