MBB: Semifinal Saturday

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PressRow.JPGWelcome to Saturday and the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Our first contest features the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State (30-2) against No. 4 seed and rival Michigan (20-11) at 1:40 p.m. ET on CBS. FOLLOW LIVE!

The second semifinal has No. 6 Penn State (18-13) battling No. 7 Michigan State (19-13) -- two teams strengthening their postseason resumes with quality wins on Friday.
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Among the storylines, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are no strangers to Big Ten Tournament play, as the two teams have met four times, including last year's buzzer-beater victory by OSU.  In fact, Ohio State has claimed all four contests in the BTT series, the first three of which came by 10 points or more.  Due to NCAA sanctions, both teams have vacated the records from the 1999 game, while Ohio State has vacated the win from 2000.

Penn State took the lone BTT meeting with Michigan State back in 2001, capturing a 65-63 victory as the seventh-seed over the No. 2 Spartans.

Here is a complete breakdown of the semifinal matchups:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Michigan (1:40 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 4-0
1999, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 87-69
2002, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 75-68
2007, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan, 72-62
2010, Q, Mo. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan,. 69-68
No. 6 Penn State def. No. 7 Michigan State (Approximately 4:05 p.m. ET)
Penn State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
2001, Q, No. 7 Penn State def. No. 2 Michigan State, 65-63

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