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Big Ten Tournament bracket: Full TV schedule, scores, results for 2021 basketball tournament



Big Ten Tournament bracket: Full TV schedule, scores, results for 2021 basketball tournament

What a year a difference makes for Juwan Howard.

A season after he led the Wolverines to a 19-12 record (10-10 Big Ten) as a first-year coach, he turned around in Year 2 and led his alma mater to a 19-3 record (14-3 Big Ten). As a result, Michigan earned the conference’s regular-season title — its first since 2014 — and the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament, not to mention a likely 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Yet, as incredible as Michigan has been this season, there still are teams that could legitimately challenge the Wolverines for Big Ten supremacy. The most likely candidate is No. 2 seed Illinois, which on March 2 destroyed the Wolverines 76-53 to delay their coronation as regular-season champion.

Even teams such as Iowa, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin have reason to believe they can challenge to win the conference tournament. It truly is an embarrassment of riches in the Big Ten, which makes its season-ending tournament one of the most fascinating in college basketball.

With that, here’s the complete breakdown of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament, from brackets to TV information and schedules:

Big Ten Tournament bracket 2021

Seed Team Record (Big Ten)
No. 1 Michigan 19-3 (14-3)
No. 2 Illinois 20-6 (16-4)
No. 3 Iowa 20-7 (14-6)
No. 4 Purdue 18-8 (13-6)
No. 5 Ohio State 18-8 (12-8)
No. 6 Wisconsin 16-11 (10-10)
No. 7 Rutgers 14-10 (10-10)
No. 8 Maryland 15-12 (9-11)
No. 9 Michigan State 15-11 (9-11)
No. 10 Indiana 12-14 (7-12)
No. 11 Penn State 10-13 (7-12)
No. 12 Northwestern 9-14 (6-13)
No. 13 Minnesota 13-14 (6-14)
No. 14 Nebraska 7-19 (3-16)

Odds to win Big Ten Tournament

Michigan, predictably, has the shortest odds to win the 2021 Big Ten Tournament, at +150. Behind the Wolverines are a trifecta of teams — Illinois, Iowa and Ohio State — at +350. Purdue and Wisconsin round out the lowest 2021 Big Ten Tournament odds at +1000 and +1500, respectively.

Below are the full odds to win the 2021 Big Ten Tournament:

Team Odds
Michigan +150
Illinois +350
Iowa +350
Ohio State +350
Purdue +1000
Wisconsin +1500
Rutgers +2500
Michigan State +3500
Maryland +5000
Minnesota +5000
Indiana +6600
Northwestern +15000
Penn State +20000
Nebraska +30000

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How to watch the Big Ten Tournament live

Each of the first three rounds of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament — Rounds 1 and 2 and the quarterfinals — will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network. The semifinals and the Big Ten championship game will air on CBS. Streaming options include Paramount+ and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Rounds 1, 2
Big Ten Network
Big Ten Network
Big Ten championship game

​2021 Big Ten Tournament schedule

The 2021 Big Ten Tournament will begin Wednesday, March 10, with Round 1 and run through the championship game on Sunday, March 14.

Below is the full schedule for the tournament:

​Round 1: Wednesday, March 10

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 1: No. 13 Minnesota 51, No. 12 Northwestern 46 6:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Game 2: No. 11 Penn State 72, No. 14 Nebraska 66 25 minutes after Game 1 BTN, fuboTV

Round 2: Thursday, March 11

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 3: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Michigan State 11:30 a.m. BTN, fuboTV
Game 4: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Minnesota 25 minutes after Game 3 BTN, fuboTV
Game 5: No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 10 Indiana 6:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Game 6: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Penn State 25 minutes after Game 5 BTN, fuboTV

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 12

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 7: No. 1 Michigan vs. Game 3 winner 11:30 a.m. BTN, fuboTV
Game 8: No. 4 Purdue vs. Game 4 winner 25 minutes after Game 7 BTN, fuboTV
Game 9: No. 2 Illinois vs. Game 5 winner 6:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Game 10: No. 3 Iowa vs. Game 6 winner 25 minutes after Game 9 BTN, fuboTV

Semifinals: Saturday, March 13

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 25 minutes after Game 11 CBS, fuboTV

Big Ten championship game: Sunday, March 14

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner 3:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

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Wizards’ Scott Brooks pokes fun at LeBron James with play-in tournament comments



Wizards' Scott Brooks pokes fun at LeBron James with play-in tournament comments

The Wizards closed the 2020-21 NBA regular season with a torrid stretch. They were 17-6 in their final 23 games and went from a likely lottery team to a participant in the NBA’s inaugural play-in tournament.

Washington finished its climb up the standings Sunday. It defeated the Hornets 115-110 to secure eighth place in the Eastern Conference, which is a win-and-in spot in the conference’s four-team tournament.

Under the old playoff format, the Wizards would’ve clinched the No. 8 seed and guaranteed themselves a spot in the posteason with Sunday’s win. They would have started playing for their lives in a seven-game series, not a one- or two-game set.

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks saw that as an opportunity to poke fun at the play-in tournament and LeBron James’ recent comments about it.

“I’m with the King,” Brooks said. “Who created this play-in thing? Whoever did that, they need to be fired.”

Seconds later, Brooks affirmed that he was just kidding. He was paraphrasing James’ comments from May 2 when the Lakers star said that “whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired.”

Unlike James, Brooks thinks the play-in tournament is a net positive for the NBA, despite his team finishing eighth in the East.

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“I love this [format]. It created so much excitement the last two weeks and, as we all know, any time you can create excitement and meaningful games in the last 10 games of the season is great for everyone involved,” Brooks said. “Fans, TV partners, everybody. I love it. Even though we’re not the 8-seed, I still love it.”

The play-in tournament gave fringe playoff teams like the Wizards incentive to compete later into the season. Brooks is right about that. Now, it’s a matter of whether the on-court product will match the late-season chase to make (or avoid) the tournament.

With stars like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Domantas Sabonis and one of James or Damian Lillard guaranteed to participate in the play-in, there is a good chance it will live up to the hype.

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adds to highlight reel with go-ahead HR in 9th off one of MLB’s top closers



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Matt Barnes was one out away from sealing a Red Sox victory when Angels DH Shohei Ohtani stepped into the box.

It was a mano a mano battle between one of baseball’s best pitchers and the emerging two-way superstar.

Ohtani won the battle.

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He hit a monster two-run home run that curled around the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park to give the Angels a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. LA went on to win by that score.

Teeing off against Barnes is no easy feat. Before Ohtani batted in the ninth, Barnes had allowed two hits and no runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. For the season, he was averaging 15.6 strikeouts per nine innings and had allowed just one home run in 18 appearances. At one point, he had a negative FIP, something that is unheard of. 

But Ohtani managed to get the best of him Sunday and add another highlight to his superb season.

Ohtani’s homer was his 12th in 2021, tying him for the MLB lead with the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger. His 29 RBIs are tied for the Angels’ team lead with Jared Walsh. His .597 slugging percentage is second on the team only to Mike Trout.

Ohtani has been spectacular as a pitcher as well. He has thrown 25 2/3 innings over five outings, with a sparkling 2.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts per nine.

In short, he is one of the game’s most electric players right now. Barnes knows that.

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Alisson Wonderland! Liverpool goalkeeper’s magic moment keeps Champions League dream alive



Alisson Wonderland! Liverpool goalkeeper's magic moment keeps Champions League dream alive

Match statistics: West Brom 1-2 Liverpool

Football, eh? Bloody hell!

Even after all these years, this sport still finds a way to surprise you, to thrill you, to take the breath away.

Step forward, Alisson Becker.

Liverpool’s season was fizzling out. The clock had ticked past 90 minutes, past the four that had been added on. The Reds were drawing, desperate, watching their Champions League hopes melt away in the west Midlands rain. 

And then their goalkeeper decided to take matters into his own hands. Or onto his own head, to be more specific.  

The Brazil international has been up for corners before. A few times this season, in fact. But here, when Jurgen Klopp needed him most, there he was, rising to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s left-wing corner with the most perfect of headers. Far corner, 2-1 Liverpool.



What is it about this club? How can they just keep conjuring up these moments, these feelings, these roller-coaster rides?

What can you possibly say?

Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal and the first to score for Liverpool. 

And this was not just any goal, this was a huge one, in the context of the Reds’ season. It keeps their top-four destiny pretty much in their own hands. As Liverpool celebrated — and boy, did they celebrate — the groans could be heard in Leicester and at Chelsea. They meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Any result suits the Reds.

It had looked like Klopp’s men had faltered, unable to find a way through a stubborn West Brom defense at 1-1. They had trailed to Hal Robson-Kanu’s early strike, leveling through Mo Salah’s customary equalizer.

And then they huffed and they puffed, without blowing the house down.

Salah missed. Roberto Firmino missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed when he simply had to score. Seven minutes left. Gini Wijnaldum missed. Two minutes remaining.

Up went the board. Four added. Klopp grinned. One of those sarcastic, rueful grins. Not enough time. Not this time.


alisson goal west brom liverpool

What a moment Alisson provided. What pictures, what memories. What celebrations. What an interview.

The emotion was etched all over his face. He has had a terrible few months, losing his father, Jose, in February. He deserved this. Not even Sam Allardyce could argue otherwise. The West Brom boss was smiling himself at the final whistle. What else could he do?

“I am too emotional these last months for everything that happened with me and my life, but football is my life,” a clearly tearful Alisson told Sky Sports moments after his attacking intervention.

“I hope my father was here to see it. It’s for my family and for the boys.”

Klopp could barely have hugged his ‘keeper harder. “If Olivier Giroud scores like that you say it’s a worldie!” he told Sky. 

“It’s the best goal I ever saw from a goalkeeper. It’s a worldie! Wow!”

It cannot be for nothing, can it? You can’t let a moment like this go to waste. Liverpool needs two more wins and it should be in the Champions League. Burnley on Wednesday, Crystal Palace next Sunday. There will be fans present at those games. The noise will be there, the atmosphere, the tension, the release.

One doubts whether it will be anything like it was at around 6.25 p.m. here, mind!

Football, eh? How could we ever doubt you?

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