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Maryland women’s basketball to play Indiana-Michigan State winner in Big Ten tournament

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The Terps’ quest for a fourth straight Big Ten tournament title starts Friday.

Despite a late-season slide, Maryland women’s basketball is still the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

The Terps will take on the winner of No. 7-seed Indiana and No. 10-seed Michigan State on Friday in the quarterfinals. It will be the final game of the day, and will tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Both the Hoosiers and Spartans played Maryland close this season, and the Terps went 2-1 in those matchups. Michigan State upset Maryland, 82-68, on the day it was announced that Blair Watson was out for the season with a torn ACL, but the Terps narrowly beat Indiana, 74-70 six days later. They then traveled to Michigan State on Feb. 8, defeating the Spartans 76-68 to avenge what was then their only loss in Big Ten play.

Maryland defeated Nebraska, 77-75, on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak and clinch the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Terps had a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed and a share of the regular season Big Ten title if Ohio State lost to Penn State, but the Buckeyes trounced the Nittany Lions on the road.

The tournament starts Wednesday in Indianapolis, with games between Northwestern and Wisconsin and Penn State and Illinois. Maryland has won the last three Big Ten tournaments, and no team has ever won four in a row since the event started in 1995.