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Say Hello and Goodbye to the Big Ten Tournament

By Todd McClamroch in News on Mar 5, 2007 4:40PM

2007_03_06_bigten.jpgThe Big Ten Men's Basketball Conference Tournament rolls into town on Thursday for what will be the last one hosted in Chicago until at least 2012. On Thursday, the tournament will kick off its seventh run at the United Center. Our friends in Indianapolis, not satisfied with their Super Bowl trophy earned by beating the Chicago Bears, have also outbid Chicago to host the annual Big Ten tournament from 2008 through 2012.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday with the lower-seeded games: Minnesota (9) vs. Michigan (8), Northwestern (10) vs. Michigan State (7) and Penn State (11) vs Illinois (6). The top-seeded teams begin action on Friday, including #1 Ohio State, who has won 14 straight.

The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. A few tickets can still be found on Ticketmaster for the early games.