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Big Ten Tournament 2012: Bracket And Schedule Preview For Day One

The Big Ten conference tournament gets underway on Thursday, March 8. There are four games on the schedule in for Thursday's opening round, starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

A number of teams from the Big Ten have their sights set on a bid in the NCAA tournament. Before they can start the big dance, they have to get through what looks like a tough conference schedule.

All games take place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

Here is the bracket and TV schedule for day one of the Big Ten tournament.

Game 1: No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois (11:30 a.m., BTN)

Game 2: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State (2 p.m., BTN)

Game 3: No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota (5:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Game 4: No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska (8 p.m., ESPN2)

Michigan and Michigan State do not play until the second round, on Friday. Michigan State, the top seed, will face the winner of the game between Iowa and Illinois. Michigan, the second seed, will take on the winner of the game between Northwestern and Minnesota.

For complete Big Ten tournament coverage, keep checking this StoryStream.

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