The Penn State Nittany Lions enter the 2012 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 12 seed, meaning they have the difficult task of taking on the No. 5 seed Indiana Hoosiers in Indianapolis when play begins Thursday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions will have to defeat both a Top 25-ranked team and a partisan crowd if they are to shock and advance in the conference tournament. Penn State dropped both regular season games to Indiana this season, and the Nittany Lions have never won a game in the Big Ten tournament as the bottom seed.
Just as a reminder, the full schedule for the 2012 Big Ten tournament is 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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