WBB: Semifinal Saturday

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Trophy-WBB.JPGAnd so the semifinal matchups of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament have been set and it is time to figure out who is going for this thing right here.  Well, it's not the real one, but you get the idea.

No. 2 seed Penn State (23-8) squares off against No. 11 Illinois (9-22) at 5 p.m. ET, followed by No. 1 Michigan State (26-4) against No. 5 Ohio State (20-9) at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET

Among the storylines, the Fighting Illini are the first No. 11 seed to ever reach the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament and the lowest seed to do so since Illinois set the mark back in 2008, advancing to the finals as the ninth seed before falling to Purdue by two points.  Penn State is in the semifinals for the first time since the 2007 Big Ten Tournament.

In the nightcap, Michigan State and Ohio State have a strong history in the Big Ten Tournament.  The two teams have met seven times in the past 16 years, with the Buckeyes owning an impressive 6-1 mark over the Spartans.  MSU's lone win in the series came in 1997, one of just two years when the Spartans were the better seed.

Check out the breakdown and Gametracker links below:

Game 8:  No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 11 Illinois  (5 p.m. ET)
Penn State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 3-2
1998, Q, No. 7 Penn State def. No. 2 Illinois, 74-71
1999, S, No. 3 Illinois def. No. 2 Penn State, 77-75
2000, S, No. 1 Penn State def. No. 4 Illinois, 81-74
2007, Q, No. 5 Penn State def. No. 4 Illinois, 61-49
2009, 1st, No. 9 Illinois def. No. 8 Penn State, 58-49
Game 9:  No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Ohio State (Approx. 7:30 p.m.)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 6-1
1995, 1st, No. 7 Ohio State def. No. 6 Michigan State, 70-63
1997, Q, No. 2 Michigan State def. No. 10 Ohio State, 85-79
1998, 1st, No. 8 Ohio State def. No. 9 Michigan State, 83-61
2001, 1st, No. 8 Ohio State def. No. 9 Michigan State, 52-48
2002, 1st, No. 7 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan State, 89-82 (2OT)
2003, Q, No. 4 Ohio State def. No. 5 Michigan State, 71-55
2006, S, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 4 Michigan State, 68-64

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