Benefiting Indianapolis-based Pink Ribbon Connection, an organization founded in 2006 by a network of breast cancer survivors to provide resources and services to those touched by breast cancer, this "Big Ten Thinks Pink" event is scheduled today during Big Ten Tournament semifinal action.
The Big Ten Conference will donate a portion of every ticket purchased to the semifinals.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
Special promotions during the semifinals will feature breast cancer awareness activities, including an honorary banner in the Entry Pavilion for fans to write messages to loved ones affected by this disease.
BigTen.org will feature more on this event later in the day.
And 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
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:
As discussed in a previous post, the Big Ten Tournament officially eclipsed the 500,000 fan mark in Friday night's event session. Entering Friday's action, the tournament had a 17-year attendance total of 489,940.
The Session 2 attendance was 6,390 -- the seventh-largest total for that session -- while the 6,036 fans that were in attendance later Friday evening registered the sixth-best total for Session 3.
After the Conseco Fieldhosue doors closed for the evening, 12,426 spectators has witnessed Big Ten women's basketball on Friday, giving the tournament a career attendance total of 502,366.
In one of yesterday's blog posts, BigTen.org highlighted the Middle School Curriculum Program -- a partnership the Big Ten Conference has had with the Indiana Sports Corporation and several Indianapolis middle schools for years.
Each year at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, these middle schools are invited to attend their assigned Big Ten team's games at Conseco Fieldhouse. These students are decked out in colorful shirts designed by one lucky student from the program.
Andretta Erickson, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Local
Organizing Committee and member of the Indiana Sports Corp staff, oversees the relationship with the schools.
"One of our favorite things about the Big Ten Tournaments is the Middle
School Curriculum Program," Erickson said. "In addition to the
educational component, the middle school students have learned about the
student-athletes, corresponded with them, learned the fight song, and
made posters to display at Conseco Fieldhouse. And then, many of the
students come to games on Thursday or Friday, allowing them to see these
role models on the court, which is a really cool experience for them.
You'll definitely see a lot of students in lime green shirts going crazy
in the stands."
This year's winning design, which was printed on 2,500 shirts, was done by Raheim Whitlow from Raymond Park Middle School. Whitlow is shown above in his green shirt with members of the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee.