Michigan State opens with Purdue, Michigan waits

The Large Ten ladies’s basketball common season is over, and the battle for the convention’s automated bid to the NCAA event begins Wednesday in Indianapolis.

The Michigan ladies had a shot at claiming their first regular-season title in program historical past, however Sunday’s 104-80 loss to Iowa dropped the Wolverines right into a tie for third place, with Maryland. Michigan swept the season collection with the Terps, leaving U-M with the No. 3 seed and a double-bye, which means their event run gained’t begin till Friday, with a matchup in opposition to both Nebraska, Wisconsin or Illinois.

The Michigan State ladies misplaced to Ohio State, 61-55, on Sunday afternoon, leaving them with the No. 8 seed. The Spartans will face 9-seed Purdue to open Thursday’s slate of second-round video games; MSU misplaced its solely sport of the season in opposition to the Boilermakers, 69-59 on Jan. 9 in East Lansing. Stars Matilda Ekh and Nia Clouden mixed to shoot 6-for-25 whereas scoring 15 factors. MSU was additionally abysmal from past the arc in that loss, with Clouden and Moira Joiner every making one 3-pointer because the Spartans went 2-for-18 from 3-point vary.

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Iowa guard Kate Martin is fouled by Michigan heart Izabel Varejao (34) throughout the first half on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, at Carver-Hawkeye Area in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa.

On Friday evening, Michigan will play the winner of Thursday’s sport between No. 6-seed Nebraska and the winner of Wednesday’s first-round sport between No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 14 Illinois.

The Wolverines went a mixed 1-1 in opposition to their three potential opponents. Michigan beat Wisconsin, 93-81, in Madison on Dec 9 as Naz Hillmon’s 21 factors led a quartet of Michigan starters who scored in double digits. The Wolverines didn’t fare as effectively of their solely sport in opposition to Nebraska, falling 79-58 in Lincoln on Jan. 4; once more, 4 U-M starters completed in double digits in scoring, however have been led by Emily Kiser’s 13. Hillmon manaded simply 10 factors on 4-for-14 taking pictures whereas the Wolverines shot 22-for-60 (36.7%) as a workforce, with one 3-pointer in 12 tries. U-M’s lone scheduled sport in opposition to Illinois, on Feb. 3, was postponed and never made up resulting from a snowstorm impacting journey to Champaign.

Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon guards Michigan State's Nia Clouden (24) at the Breslin Center Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.

Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon guards Michigan State’s Nia Clouden (24) on the Breslin Heart Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.

No. 4 seed Maryland is the two-time defending champ and has gained the Large Ten’s event 5 instances since becoming a member of the convention in 2014. Michigan has by no means gained the event, and Michigan State’s solely convention event championship got here in 2005, because the Spartans made all of it the best way to the Remaining 4.

Right here’s how the convention event schedule breaks down:

Large Ten ladies’s basketball event schedule

All video games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.

Wednesday: First spherical

Recreation 1: No. 12 seed Penn State (11-17, 5-13 Large Ten) vs. No. 13 Rutgers (10-19, 3-14), 2 p.m., BTN.

Recreation 2: No. 11 Wisconsin (8-20, 5-13) vs. No. 14 Illinois (6-19, 1-13), roughly 4:30 p.m., BTN.

Thursday: Second spherical

Recreation 3: No. 8 Michigan State (14-14, 8-6) vs. No. 9 Purdue (16-13, 7-11), 11:30 a.m., BTN.

Recreation 4: No. 5 Indiana (19-7, 11-5) vs. Recreation 1 winner, roughly 2 p.m., BTN.

Recreation 5: No. 7 Northwestern (16-11, 8-8) vs. No. 10 Minnesota (14-16, 7-11), 6:30 p.m., BTN.

Recreation 6: No. 6 Nebraska (22-7, 11-7) vs. Recreation 2 winner, roughly 9 p.m., BTN.

Friday: Quarterfinals

Recreation 7: No. 1 Ohio State (22-5, 14-4) vs. Recreation 3 winner, 11:30 a.m., BTN.

Recreation 8: No. 4 Maryland (21-7, 13-4) vs. Recreation 4 winner, roughly 2 p.m., BTN

Recreation 9: No. 2 Iowa (20-7, 14-4) vs. Recreation 5 winner, 6:30 p.m., BTN.

Recreation 10: No. 3 Michigan (22-5, 13-4) vs. Recreation 6 winner, roughly 9 p.m., BTN.

Saturday: Semifinals

Recreation 11: Recreation 7 winner vs. Recreation 8 winner, 3:30 p.m., BTN.

Recreation 12: Recreation 9 winner vs. Recreation 10 winner, roughly 6 p.m., BTN.

Friday: Remaining

Recreation 13: Recreation 11 winner vs. Recreation 12 winner, 4 p.m., ESPN2.

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