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WBB: Brutus Getting Loose

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It's almost game time between No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Ohio State -- our final quarterfinal matchup of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

Brutus Buckeye is getting loose before he hits the Big Stage at Conseco Fieldhouse.

WBB: Hey, Down Front!

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SpartySeat.JPGSeriously, Sparty?  We can't even see the action!

You are "That Guy" right now.

No worries though, we just won't sit behind you when you are here tomorrow.

Michigan State 56, Northwestern 25

WBB: Hawkeye Huddle

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Hours before the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal nightcap between No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Ohio State, the Hawkeye faithful gathered at Jillian's just steps away from Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Hawkeye Huddle hosted several Iowa fans, who enjoyed food, door prizes, music and cheers before heading over to Conseco to get their seats for the Michigan State/Northwestern game.


WBB: Friday Night Lights

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Friday night's Session 3 is underway with Michigan State taking on Northwestern.  The top-seeded Spartans hold a 14-11 advantage with 7:31 left in the first half.

The crowd is filling in nicely at Conseco Fieldhouse, heading inside from a rather rainy and dreary Friday afternoon here in Indy.

No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Ohio State will battle in the nightcap at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET.

WBB: Spartan Fans All Over Indy!

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Earlier today, made a quick stop on the Northwestside of Indianapolis, just 20 minutes away from the action at Conseco Fieldhouse, when it saw a resident sporting its Spartan pride.  We saw the "Welcome Party" for Michigan State in last night's post, but who knew a little bit of Sparty was here all along?

In a city full of Boilermakers and Hoosiers, it was nice to see Sparty getting some love as well.

MSUFlag.jpgBig Ten Champion and top-seeded Michigan State will tip off against No. 8 seed Northwestern in semifinal action tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

WBB: Still Making a Dent...

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SignsonPole.JPGNo matter where you look this week, people around Conseco Fieldhouse and Indianapolis are surrounded by Big Ten Tournament signage adorning the new conference logo.

The sharp-looking blue and black logo is on the court, team benches, scoreboard... everywhere.

Gone is the former Big Ten logo with the hidden 11 and the imperfect T.

But don't think the "11" is done making a dent in this year's tournament.

Congratulation to No. 11 seed Illinois on capturing its second tournament victory in as many days with a 55-47 upset win over No. 3 Michigan.

This marks the first time in tournament history a No. 11 seed has advanced to semifinal play.

Also of note, the No. 11 seed was 2-16 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament entering this year.  Thanks to the Illini, No. 11 has matched its 17-year win total in just two days.

WBB: Déjà vu All Over Again???

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For the first time at this year's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, we have a game where one team has really outdistanced itself from another.  And who would have believed it to be the No. 11 seed on top?

The answer.

Illinois.  Been there.  Done that.

At halftime of our second quarterfinal matchup today, No. 11 seed Illinois has shocked No. 3 seed Michigan, leading by 21 at intermission, 37-16.

"And we're going to party like it's 2008," doesn't quite have the ring to it as Prince's "1999" classic, so please don't cue the music.

But this little run by the 11th-seeded Illini does remind us of their BTT journey in 2008.  As the No. 9 seed, Illinois played all four days and fell by just two points to Purdue in the tournament final.  To date, the Illini are the lowest-seeded team to have ever advanced to semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Tournament. 

Counting this year, the No. 11 seed has advanced out of first-round action only three times, with all three of those occasions involving the two teams in this game.  No. 11 Minnesota fell to No. 3 Illinois, 98-76, in the 1997 quarterfinals, while 11th-seeded Michigan lost 72-50 to third-seeded Purdue in the 2003 quarterfinals.

Twenty minutes to play, but we think Illinois' Jolette Law is still loving Conseco Fieldhouse!


WBB: Reason to Cheer

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No. 7 seed Purdue gave them all they wanted, but second-seeded Penn State held on for a 73-61 victory in the first quarterfinal game of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

The win advances the Lady Lions to the semifinals for the first time since the 2007 Big Ten Tournament.

WBB: Another Close Game, "Upset" Boiling?

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PurdueWBBTweet.jpgWe are at halftime of today's first game and the No. 7 seed Purdue Boilermakers hold a slim advantage over second-seeded Penn State.

The 2/7 game has taken place 14 times in Big Ten Tournament history with the No. 2 seed owning a 10-4 record.

We saw No. 11 Illinois top No. 6 Wisconsin last night... might we have another "upset" boiling?

Of course we only use the term "upset" for the purposes of tourney talk.  Purdue swept the regular-season series against Penn State, including a 51-49 victory in State College on Feb. 24.

By the way, you see "Mingo" in the tweet for having scored 8 points at intermission.  That's Drey Mingo, who recently was named a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award and has been the subject of several features by the Indianapolis media this week, including NBC's WTHR affiliate and the Indianapolis Star.

WBB: Track the Quarterfinal Games

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Turn on the Big Ten Network or follow along online with GameTracker as we get set for a full day of action at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament!

Game 4:  No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 2 Penn State  (11:30 a.m. ET)
Game 5:  No. 11 Illinois vs. No. 3 Michigan (Approx. 2 p.m. ET)
Game 6:  No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Northwestern  (6 p.m. ET)
Game 7:  No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Ohio State (Approx. 8:30 p.m. ET)