Any Big Ten matchup in the first round of the NCAA tournament

While Wisconsin couldn’t put together a late run to enter the NCAA tournament, eight Big Ten teams found their way into the dance.

Seeds range from Purdue as the #1 seed to Penn State as the #10 seed, but the gap between them isn’t that big. The Boilermakers and Nittany Lions played a thriller in the Big Ten championship that Purdue won late on.

There are a number of fascinating encounters in the first two days of the best sporting event. Here is the full Big Ten schedule for the first round of the 2023 NCAA tournament:

No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. 8 Maryland

January 25, 2023; College Park, Maryland, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Donta Scott (24)]looks for shots while Wisconsin Badgers forward Tyler Wahl (5) defends in the second half at the Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Thursday, 11:15am CT


No. 9 Illinois vs. No. 8 Arkansas

Dec 22, 2022; St Louis, Missouri, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Brad Underwood reacts as he speaks to a referee during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Thursday 3:30pm CT


#9 Auburn vs. #8 Iowa

Dec 11, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery reacts with an official during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Thursday 5:50 p.m. CT


USC No. 10 vs. Michigan State No. 7

January 21, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo denies a referee call during the game with the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Friday 11:15 a.m. CT


No. 16 Farleigh Dickinson vs. No. 1 Purdue

Wisconsin’s Tyler Wahl (5) shoots while Purdue’s Jaden Ivey (23) and Zach Edey (right) look on during the second half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin. Wahl had a team-high 19 points in Wisconsin’s 70-67 win. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

IF: 5:50 p.m. CT


No. 13 Kent State vs. No. 4 Indiana

Dec 8, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) works the ball against Wisconsin Badgers center Chris Vogt (33) at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Friday 8:55pm CT


#10 Penn State vs. #7 Texas A&M

March 11, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jalen Pickett (22) shoots the ball while Purdue Boilermakers guard Isaiah Thompson (11) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

IF: Thursday 8:55pm CT


No. 10 Boise State vs. No. 7 Northwestern

February 21, 2021; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Chris Collins reacts during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

IF: 6:35 p.m. CT


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