INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Cheerleaders from the Minnesota Golden Gophers perform against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The 2012 Big Ten Tournament bracket and schedule was released on Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will play the Northwestern Wildcats as they attempt a miracle by advancing through to the championship and into the NCAA Tournament.
The 2012 Big Ten Tournament bracket was finalized on Sunday afternoon with the Minnesota Golden Gophers officially being slotted in to the No. 10 seed following their win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.
The Gophers are scheduled to play basketball against the Northwestern Wildcats on ESPN 2 in a game on Thursday afternoon for the right to play the Michigan Wolverines in the second round Friday evening. In order to make the NCAA Tournament, however, they'll probably need to win the Big Ten championship considering their disastrous end to the regular season.
The Gophers split their regular season series with the Wildcats, picking up a 23-point victory on Jan. 22 before dropping a 64-53 loss in the middle of their recent six-game losing streak. They also played Northwestern in the first round of the 2011 Big Ten tournament, losing 75-65 and missing out on March Madness.
The full Big Ten basketball tournament schedule is included below. All times are Eastern.
Thursday, March 8
5:30 p.m.: No. 7 Northwestern (18-12, 8-10) vs. No. 10 Minnesota (18-13, 6-12). ESPN2.
8 p.m.: No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers (20-11, 10-8) vs. No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-17, 4-14). ESPN2.
Friday, March 9
Noon: No. 1 Michigan State Spartans (24-7, 13-5) vs. Iowa/Illnois winner, ESPN.
2:30 p.m.: No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (23-8, 12-6) vs. Indiana/Penn State winner, ESPN.
6:30 p.m.: No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (23-8, 13-5) vs. Northwestern/Minnesota winner, Big Ten Network.
9 p.m.: No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) vs. Purdue/Nebraska winner, Big Ten Network.
Saturday, March 10
1:40 p.m.: Michigan State/Iowa/Illinois vs. Wisconsin/Indiana/Penn State, CBS.
4:10 p.m.: Michigan/Northwestern/Minnesota vs. Ohio State/Purdue/Nebraska, CBS.
Sunday, March 11
3:30 p.m.: Semifinal winners, CBS.