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Iowa men draw Northwestern in Big Ten tournament’s first round

[ 0 ] March 9, 2014 |

The sixth-seeded Iowa men will play No. 11 Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind. Tip will be approximately 8 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Iowa's Adam Woodbury defends Northwestern's Alex Olah in the Hawkeyes' Jan. 9 win against the Wildcats. (AP file photo)

Iowa’s Adam Woodbury defends Northwestern’s Alex Olah in the Hawkeyes’ Jan. 9 win against the Wildcats. (AP file photo)

Thursday’s winner will play No. 3 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals. That game will also start at approximately 8 p.m.

The Hawkeyes had the same draw last season, beating the Wildcats in the first round, 73-59, then losing 59-56 against Michigan State in the quarterfinals. The Spartans have eliminated Iowa from the last three Big Ten tournaments.

Iowa, 20-11 overall, lost five of its last six games to finish sixth in the standings at 9-9 for a second straight season. Northwestern passed Purdue for the 11th seed by beating the Boilermakers 74-65 on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Iowa swept Northwestern in the regular season by margins of 93-67 in Iowa City and 76-50 in Evanston, Ill.

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BIG TEN TOURNEY SCHEDULE 

Thursday’s first round

  • No. 8 Indiana vs. No. 9 Illinois, 11 a.m.
  • No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Purdue, 1:30
  • No. 7 Minnesota vs. No. 10 Penn State, 5:30
  • No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Northwestern, 8

Friday’s quarterfinals

  • No. 1 Michigan vs. Indiana/Illinois, 11 a.m.
  • No. 4 Nebraska vs. Ohio State/Purdue, 1:30
  • No. 2 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota/Penn State, 5:30
  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Iowa/Northwestern, 8

Saturday’s semifinals

  • Michigan/Indiana/Illinois vs. Nebraska/Ohio State/Purdue, 12:40
  • Wisconsin/Minnesota/Penn State vs. Michigan State/Iowa/Northwestern, 3:05

Sunday’s final

  • Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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