Big Ten tournament brackets for 2014 head to the day two schedule on Friday (March 14). The 2014 Big Ten tournament brackets yielded a big upset on Thursday (March 13), when the 13-18 Northwestern Wildcats beat 20-11 Iowa 67-62. The loss for Iowa severely damaged their resume heading toward Selection Sunday (March 16) and gave Northwestern a chance to keep its season alive.
In the early game on Friday, No. 8 ranked Michigan will play against Illinois in a second-round match-up. Illinois needs to keep winning in order to get an invite, while Michigan is trying to prove that they deserve to be at least a No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. That will be followed by Ohio State vs. Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers in a similar position to the Fighting Illini. Both early games will also be on ESPN for fans to watch.
The evening games on the 2014 Big Ten tournament brackets schedule will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. The No. 12 ranked Badgers are also trying to move up a line in the NCAA field and the Golden Gophers need to win this game or they are likely heading to the NIT. The late game is Northwestern vs. Michigan State, with the Spartans coming in as heavy favorites to win this one.
There is a lot on the line in the first three games Friday, especially because three teams could get eliminated in the eyes of the NCAA Selection Committee. On the opposite side of that coin, the conference could see three extra teams make the field if several upsets are coming. The first two games will be showcased on ESPN with the night games on Big Ten Network.
2014 Big Ten Tournament Brackets And Schedule (Quarterfinals)
Game 5: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 9 Illinois (12 p.m. ET)
Game 6: No. 4 Nebraska vs. No. 5 Ohio State (2:30 p.m. ET)
Game 7: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Minnesota (6:30 p.m. ET)
Game 8: No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 11 Northwestern (9 p.m. ET)