Iowa lands sixth seed in B1G tourney

Published: March 9 2014 | 5:10 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:22 am in

The Iowa men's basketball team landed the sixth seed and will face 11th seed Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night.

The Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9 Big Ten) open the tournament with the same seed and same opponent as last year. Iowa twice beat the Wildcats (13-18, 6-12) by 26 points this year.

Should Iowa advance, the Hawkeyes will meet No. 3 seed Michigan State in a Big Ten quarterfinal. The Spartans were seeded third last year and have eliminated the Hawkeyes from the last three Big Ten Tournaments.

Tipoff for Thursday's opener is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central and ESPN2 will air the game. If Iowa advances to the quarterfinals, Friday's game is slated to begin at 8 p.m.

Here's the Big Ten Tournament schedule:

THURSDAY'S GAMES

8. Indiana vs. 9. Illinois, 11 a.m. (BTN)

5. Ohio State vs. 12. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. (BTN)

7. Minnesota vs. 10. Penn State, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

6. Iowa vs. 11. Northwestern, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

FRIDAY'S GAMES

1. Michigan vs. Indiana/Illinois winner, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

4. Nebraska vs. Ohio State/Purdue winner, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

2. Wisconsin vs. Minnesota/Penn State winner, 5:30 p.m. (BTN)

3. Michigan State vs. Iowa/Northwestern winner, 8 p.m. (BTN)

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Top semifinal, 12:40 p.m. (CBS)

Bottom semifinal, 3 p.m. (CBS)

SUNDAY'S GAME

Championship, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

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