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Minnesota And Northwestern Kick Of 2011 Big Ten Tournament

It is a battle of two teams that need a Big Ten Tournament Championship in order to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. One team could end their season today, the victor gets to meet No.1 Ohio State tomorrow.

Minnesota is playing with a loaded front line featuring Trevor Mbakwe, Ralph Sampson and Colton Iverson, while the Wildcats will be hoping to get hot from the outside with Juice Thompson, John Shurna and Drew Crawford.

Both Minnesota and Northwestern have had a rough go of things down the stretch of the conference season, and would like to go out on a high note in Indianapolis.

It is sure to be a hotly contested game with two coaches that want desperately to play in the NCAA tournament.

Both teams may end up being in the NIT,  and this game could mean the difference between having a home game in that tournament, and playing on the road throughout.