MBB: Four For Friday

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TeamBenches.JPGWelcome to Quarterfinal Friday where we have four games on tap for today.

Action begins at noon with the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes facing No. 8 Northwestern, which ousted Minnesota last night.  The second game of the day features No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Illinois.  To begin Session 3, No. 2 Purdue will battle No. 7 Michigan State, while No. 3 Wisconsin will face No. 6 Penn State in the nightcap.

Among the storylines, all four games today feature brief Big Ten Tournament history between the teams, including today's tip-off matchup against the Buckeyes and Wildcats, who have never faced one another in BTT play. 

In the second game, Michigan looks for its first win over Illinois in three Big Ten Tournament  contests.  This will be the first year that the Wolverines are ranked better than the Fighting Illini.  The previous two meetings have resulted in double-digit wins by the Illini.

In the third game of the day -- the first of the evening session -- No. 2 Purdue will also look for its first win in the three-game BTT series with Michigan State.  The Spartans have topped the Boilers as both the No. 5 and 6 seed, but can they keep the pattern going as the No. 7 seed?

The nightcap takes us all the way back to the first Big Ten Tournament in 1998.  In the first round of the inaugural event, the 10th-seeded Badgers upset No. 7 Penn State in a close 52-51 outcome.

Check out the breakdown below:

Game 4:  No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Northwestern (12 p.m. ET)
First Meeting in the Big Ten Tournament

Game 5:  No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 5 Illinois  (Approximately 2:30 p.m. ET)
Illinois leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0

2004, S, No. 1 Illinois def. No. 5 Michigan, 74-60
2009, Q, No. 2 Illinois def. No. 7 Michigan, 60-50
Game 6:  No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 7 Michigan State  (6:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0
2003, Q, No. 5 Michigan State def. No. 4 Purdue, 54-42
2006, 1st, No. 6 Michigan State def. No. 11 Purdue, 70-58
Game 7:  No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Penn State  (Approximately 9 p.m. ET)
Wisconsin leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
1998, 1st, No. 10 Wisconsin def. No. 7 Penn State, 52-51

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