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Four For Friday

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Schedule-FRI.JPGThe first round of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is complete with Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue recording opening day wins.

Quarterfinal action will get underway today at noon with top-seeded Michigan State facing No. 8 Iowa.  No. 4 Wisconsin follows with a matchup against No. 5 Indiana.  In the day's second session (Session 4 overall), No. 2 Michigan squares off against No. 10 Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET, while the nightcap features No. 3 Ohio State and No. 6 Purdue.

There are several ways to follow today's action. If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to turn on ESPN for the first two games and BTN for the night's final two games, or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's games!

Game 5: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Iowa:  Noon ET, ESPN
Game 6: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Indiana: Approx. 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 7: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 10 Minnesota, 6:30 p.m., BTN
Game 8: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Purdue, Approx. 9 p.m., BTN

On The Job

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bigtencareerexpo.jpgThe Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International promotes the academic excellence of the Big Ten Conference universities, while pairing the talents of Big Ten undergraduates and alumni with the staffing needs of elite and industry-leading employers.

The Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International is slated for today, Friday, March 9, at Indianapolis' Union Station.  The Expo is open exclusively to students currently attending or alumni of a Big Ten Conference university.  The event will feature employers with a focus on marketing, media, and sports-related industries while still allowing for participation by traditional companies of national stature and/or importance to the Big Ten universities.

The Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International is a great place to look for a job whether you are looking for an internship, just graduating from college or looking to make a job change. In a post Expo survey to employers last year, 83 percent of the employers said they would contact students and alumni for job openings.

So while you are enjoying some good college basketball and cheering on your team, stop by the Career Expo and find a job!

Big Ten students and alumni can register at

Game 4: No. 6 Purdue 79, No. 11 Nebraska 61

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 points to help Purdue defeat Nebraska 79-61 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Terone Johnson had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, Ryne Smith scored 15 points and Robbie Hummel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (21-11).The Boilermakers shot 56 percent from the field and made 13 3-pointers, matching a tournament record most recently reached in 2002.  Bo Spencer scored 22 points for the 11th-seeded Cornhuskers (12-18), who were playing in their first Big Ten Tournament game.


Box Office Smash

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On the heels of the largest Thursday session attendance since 2005, two upcoming sessions of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament have sold out. Tickets are no longer available for Friday's afternoon quarterfinal session and Saturday's semifinal session.

Despite the format moving from one Thursday session featuring three games in previous years to two sessions featuring two games each for 2012, the Thursday afternoon session attendance of 17,936 was larger than any Thursday crowd in the previous six tournaments.


Hoop Dreams?

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Two Michigan fans were seen today on the concourse of Bankers Life FIeldhouse posing with the NCAA National Champion trophy.

Game 3: No. 10 Minnesota 61, No. 7 Northwestern 57

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota rallied from a 61-57 deficit to force overtime, then scored the final six points to pull away from Northwestern 75-68 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Next up for the 10th-seeded Gophers is No. 10 Michigan, which finished in a three-way tie for the league's regular-season title.  Andre Hollins scored a career-high 25 points and Austin Hollins scored 12 for Minnesota (19-13), which put coach Tubby Smith within one victory of No. 100 at Minnesota.  MORE>>>

One Word: Awesome

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Game 2: No. 5 Indiana 75, No. 12 Penn State 58

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and Cody Zeller finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 seed Indiana pull away from No. 12 seed Penn State 75-58 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.  MORE>>>

Above, members of Hoosier Nation got ready for the game earlier today at Kilroy's - the downtown Indianapolis restaurant pairing for Indiana during the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.

Toot Your Own Horn

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The Penn State pep band and cheerleaders warm up and go through "sound check" prior to the Nittany Lions' first-round matchup against Indiana in the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tourmament.

Game 1: No. 8 Iowa 64, No. 9 Illinois 61

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Behind 20 points from Matt Gatens, No. 8 seed Iowa defeated No. 9 Illinois 64-61 in the opening contest of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.  Aaron White added 13 points and nine rebounds in the win, while Meyers Leonard paced Illinois with 18 points and six boards.