This year's Big Ten Conference Tournament begins on Thursday afternoon with the first round of games. Only the bottom eight seeds in the bracket will be playing, as the top four seeds get a bye into the second round, which will be played out on Friday.
Here's a list of the four first round games to be played on Thursday:
- 11:30 a.m. EST: No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois
- 2:00 p.m. EST: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State
- 5:30 p.m. EST: No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota
- 8:00 p.m. EST: No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska