The Penn State Nittany Lions will head to Indianapolis this week as the No. 12 seed in the 2012 Big Ten tournament championship. It will be Pat Chambers first Big Ten tourney, and he faces a monumental challenge right away as PSU will face hometown favorite and No. 5 seed Indiana on Thursday afternoon. The Hoosiers will be ranked in the top twenty in the country come Thursday, and will be riding an impressive four-game winning streak. If Penn State can pull off the upset, they will face Wisconsin on Friday.
A complete schedule for the Big Ten tournament below:
Thursday, March 8
11:30 a.m.: No. 8 Iowa (16-15, 8-10) vs. No. 9 Illinois (17-13, 6-12). Big Ten Network.
2 p.m.: No. 5 Indiana (24-7, 11-7) vs. No. 12 Penn State (12-19, 4-14). Big Ten Network.
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 (20-11, 10-8) vs. No. 11 Nebraska (12-17, 4-14). ESPN2.
Friday, March 9
Noon: No. 1 Michigan State (24-7, 13-5) vs. Iowa/Illnois winner, ESPN.
2:30 p.m.: No. 4 Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6) vs. Indiana/Penn State winner, ESPN.
6:30 p.m.: No. 2 Michigan (23-8, 13-5) vs. Northwestern/Minnesota winner, Big Ten Network.
9 p.m.: No. 3 Ohio State (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.
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