The Big Ten Tournament gets underway on Wednesday in Indianapolis, with two opening-round games.
Illinois plays Minnesota at 4:30 p.m. ET, before Nebraska and Rutgers tip at 7 p.m. The first game is on ESPN2, and the second game is on the Big Ten Network. Here's a full bracket:
The Illinois-Minnesota game almost certainly has no impact on Maryland's fortunes in the tournament. They're both on the opposite side of the bracket, and it's highly unlikely that either plays Maryland at any point in the tournament. Even if the Terps get out of their side of the bracket and make Sunday's championship, the Illinois-Minnesota winner is probably going to be long dead by that point.
Rutgers and Nebraska present a little more relevance to Maryland, because the winner faces Wisconsin for the right to draw Maryland in Friday's quarterfinal. The Badgers will probably beat either of these teams, but it would benefit Maryland for Nebraska to pull through from the first round. Wisconsin beat Nebraska by 11 points in February, but the Huskers are a more formidable team than Rutgers. (Isn't everybody?)
Even if the Huskers can't win against Wisconsin, the Terps could use for the Badgers to be as tired as possible by the time they meet them.