WBB: It's Tip-Off Thursday!

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WBBTrophy.JPGIn just a few short hours, the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will begin! 

Six teams will take to the court today looking to begin a 4-day quest for the Big Ten Tournament trophy, which by the way has quite the presence in the center of the Entry Pavilion of Conseco Fieldhouse (right).  OK, it's not the real one, but you get the point.

Today's three contests happen to be quite intriguing as most of today's opponents have either never faced each other in Big Ten Tournament play or have not met in many years.

In fact, of all three games on the slate today, the most recent postseason matchup of any of the opponents took place 10 years ago. 

Check out the breakdown below:

Game 1:  No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Northwestern  (Noon ET)
Michigan and Northwestern are tied in the Big Ten Tournament series, 1-1
1996, 1st, No. 7 Northwestern def. No. 10 Michigan, 89-79
2000, Q, No. 2 Michigan def. No. 10 Northwestern, 72-39
Game 2:  No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Minnesota  (Approx. 2:30 pm ET)
Penn State and Minnesota have never faced each other in the Big Ten Tournament.

Game 3:  No. 8 Indiana vs. No. 9 Illinois  (Approx. 5 pm ET)
Illinois leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
1996, 1st, No. 8 Illinois def. No. 9 Indiana, 84-70

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