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Big Ten Tournament 2015 schedule: Bracket breakdown, Second Round

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Everything you need to know as Day 2 of the Big Ten Tournament unfolds in Chicago.

Minnesota and Penn State kept their seasons alive Wednesday after pulling out victories over Rutgers and Nebraska, respectively, but face tough teams en route to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Minnesota coasted past the last-seeded Scarlet Knights, while the Nittany Lions have relied on D.J. Newbill's impressive play to survive the last two games of the season, this time against a Terran Petteway led Cornhuskers.

Here's what the updated bracket looks like:

Courtesy of the Big Ten Network

These games set the stages for the second round of the tournament, where a win clinches a spot in the quarterfinals against the top four seeds that claimed two-round byes in reward for their strong seasons. Let's check out the round two games:

Game 1: 8-seed Illinois (19-12, 9-9) vs. 9-seed Michigan (15-15, 8-10)

Gametime: 12 p.m. EDT

TV: Big Ten Network

Online streaming: BTN2Go

Illinois could very well make a run in the Big Ten Tournament and have Joe Lunardi reconsider his "Last Four In" category. The Fighting Illini have played well for the majority of the season, but have struggled as of late, losing four of their last six games. They could use the tournament as a resume booster if they cruise past Michigan and pull off an upset over top-seeded Wisconsin. Illinois managed to keep its head above water while playing without its leading scorer, Rayvonte Rice, who was injured and was then suspended for violating team rules. Rice is back and scoring at very efficient numbers in the last four games, so expect more of the same in this matchup against Michigan.

The season series is split 1-1 with Illinois and Michigan both winning home overtime games against each other. Michigan had a disappointing season, to say the least, to its standards as the tone of the season was set with its non-conference loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology. Michigan has won just two of its final nine games, but are riding a one-game winning streak into the game, as Michigan sent off its seniors in Ann Arbor with a win over Rutgers.

Game 2: 5-seed Iowa (21-10, 12-6) vs. 13-seed Penn State (18-15, 5-14)

Gametime: 2:30 p.m. EDT

TV: Big Ten Network

Online streaming: BTN2Go

Penn State, behind the great performance from senior D.J. Newbill, narrowly escaped the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round of the tournament, 68-65. After starting the season 12-1 in non-conference play, Penn State predictably struggled in the Big Ten, dropping six straight games on two different occasions in the conference. The Nittany Lion's superstardom is top-heavy with Newbill as the sole player averaging double-digits, as the senior leader is posting 20.7 points per game. Newbill has been on fire as of late, dropping 31 against Minnesota and 26 Wednesday against Nebraska.

Iowa is carrying a six-game win streak into the game to close out the season with a strong run. Although it didn't beat any ranked opponents during that streak, Iowa is a deep team that can beat opponents in a number of ways. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions squared off once this season and Iowa needed overtime to stave off Penn State in a close 81-77 affair in State College. Iowa must avoid losing this game to slide out of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of this game is slated to play four-seeded Purdue in the next round.

Game 3: 7-seeded Indiana (19-12, 9-9) vs. 10-seeded Northwestern (15-16, 6-12)

Game time: 6:30 p.m. EDT

TV: Big Ten Network

Online streaming: BTN2Go

Indiana has been one of the most curious teams in the Big Ten all season. It has shown flashes of greatness, crushing Maryland, winning four games against ranked opponents and flirting with the top 25 all season, but the Hoosiers have also struggled and had a hard time closing games. The Hoosiers are entering the game with a three-game losing streak, including a loss to tournament foe Northwestern, where they lost 72-65 in Evanston, Ill. Behind Yogi Ferrell and Justin Blackman, the ceiling of the Hoosiers is high, but Indiana hasn't shown too much consistency this season.

Northwestern earned a first-round bye after winning five of its last seven games in the Big Ten. Before that streak, however, the Wildcats dropped ten straight conference games. The Wildcats seem to be picking up steam at the right time and are essentially hosting the tournament, with Evanston sitting just an hour outside of Chicago. Northwestern's tournament chances ride solely on winning the tournament and will face Maryland in the quarterfinals if the Wildcats beat the Hoosiers.

Game 4: 6-seed Ohio State (22-9, 11-7) vs. 11-seed Minnesota (18-14, 6-12)

Game time: 9:00 p.m. EDT

TV: Big Ten Network

Online streaming: BTN2Go

The six-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes enter the game coming off the biggest blowout all season as the Bucks lost to Wisconsin by 24 points. Ohio State has played well all season behind freshman DeAngelo Russell. The freshman guard leads the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category and will be a sure-fire lottery pick if he chooses to enter the draft next season. Ohio State has the star power to make noise in the Big Ten Tournament and shouldn't be taken lightly if they advance to play Michigan State next round.

Minnesota struggled at the start and finish of conference play, dropping its first five games and losing five of seven to close out the season. The Golden Gophers have yet to post a staple, impressive win this season, losing all four attempts to ranked teams, but could pull off the upset behind the play of senior leaders Andre Hollins and Maurice Walker. Ohio State won the only matchup of the season between these two teams, owning the game 74-72 in overtime in Minnesota.