Maryland basketball’s first Big Ten Tournament game will come against a team it’s already beaten, as the No. 8-seed Terps will take on Wisconsin at noon Thursday in Madison Square Garden.
It’s a rematch of an early February matchup—one that the Terps won 68-63 in College Park. Thursday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the conference tournament. In recent years, both Maryland and Wisconsin have been solidly in the NCAA Tournament picture, but this year a Big Ten Tournament win will likely be necessary to get either team into the Big Dance.
Wisconsin earned the No. 9 seed with a 70-64 win over Northwestern Thursday night. Northwestern was the only other potential matchup for Maryland, and would have been the No. 9 seed with a win. The Terps will close out their regular season at home against No. 17 Michigan Saturday at noon, while the Badgers will finish their regular season at home Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 2 Michigan State.
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