WBB: Tip-Off Thursday

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ConsecoInterior-Schedule.JPGWelcome to the opening day of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament!

We have three games on today's slate and there is no better way than opening the event than with an in-state rivalry game that is actually in-state!

No. 7 seed Purdue (19-10) faces No. 10 Indiana (9-19) at 2 p.m. ET (Gametracker), followed by No. 6 Wisconsin (15-13) against No. 11 Illinois (7-22) (Gametracker) and No. 8 Northwestern (17-12) versus No. 9 Minnesota (12-17) (Gametracker).

Among the storylines, Purdue, which holds a 4-2 advantage over the Hoosiers, will be playing on the first day of the tournament for the first time in program history.

In Game 2, Illinois is 2-0 over Wisconsin in BTT play and both wins have come with Illinois has the lower seed.  The Illini are the lower seed once again, so we'll see if Bucky can buck the trend.

In the nightcap, Minnesota has twice routed Northwestern as the higher seed in the 6/11 game, winning by 17 points in 2007 and 21 points in 2004.  But now the Wildcats enter as the higher seed.  Historically, the 8/9 game as been the second-most competitive game in BTT history with the No. 9 seed owning a 9-7 advantage in the past 16 contests.

Check out the breakdown below:

Game 1:  No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 10 Indiana  (2 p.m. ET)
Purdue leads Big Ten Tournament series, 4-2
1997, Q, No. 8 Indiana def. No. 1 Purdue, 61-54
1998, Q, No. 5 Purdue def. No. 4 Indiana, 65-56
2002, S, No. 5 Indiana def. No. 1 Purdue, 55-41
2006, S, No. 2 Purdue def. No. 6 Indiana, 67-41
2008, Q, No. 3 Purdue def. No. 6 Indiana, 64-54
2009, Q, No. 3 Purdue def. No. 6 Indiana, 68-64
Game 2:  No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Illinois  (Approx. 4:30 p.m. ET)
Illinois leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0
2001, Q, No. 6 Illinois def. No. 3 Wisconsin, 80-68
2008, 1st, No. 9 Illinois def. No. 8 Wisconsin, 73-58
Game 3:  No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Minnesota  (Approx. 7 p.m. ET)
Minnesota leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0
2004, 1st, No. 6 Minnesota def. No. 11 Northwestern, 68-47
2007, 1st, No. 6 Minnesota def. No. 11 Northwestern, 60-43

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