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Posted on Sun, Mar 4, 2012 : 9:33 p.m.

Big Ten basketball bracket: Michigan is No. 2 seed, will face Northwestern-Minnesota winner

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team made history Sunday when it clinched a share of its first Big Ten championship in 26 years.

While doing so, the 13th-ranked Wolverines (23-8, 13-5 Big Ten) also locked in their highest Big Ten Tournament seed ever.

Michigan earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and will open play Friday in the quarterfinals against the winner of Northwestern-Minnesota at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The No. 7 Wildcats and No. 10 Golden Gophers will play at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (ESPN2). Michigan will play the winner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with the game being aired on Big Ten Network.

Michigan State earned the top overall seed, while No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Wisconsin also earned first-round byes.

Iowa and Illinois will open the tournament at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (BTN), with the winner playing the Spartans on Friday at noon (ESPN). Indiana will battle Penn State immediately after the Iowa/Illinois game, with the winner advancing to face Wisconsin on Friday.

Purdue and Nebraska will wrap up the first round Thursday, with the winner advancing to face Ohio State.

To view the Big Ten Tournament bracket in its entirety, visit

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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