Mar 5, 2024 - News

Big Ten women's basketball tournament tips off in Minneapolis

A woman in a white basketball uniform that says Iowa drives the ball against a woman in a red uniform that says Ohio State

Caitlin Clark goes to the basket during the second half against guard Jacy Sheldon of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images.

March is here. The madness is next. The Big Ten women's basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday in Minneapolis at 5:30pm CT.

Why it matters: March is the time for Cinderella stories and great upsets but all eyes will be on superstar Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

  • A strong showing in the conference tournament could also boost a team — that might not have otherwise made it — into the big dance.

Zoom in: Northwestern and Purdue will get things started on day one, followed by Minnesota versus Rutgers.

  • Illinois takes on Maryland to start day two on March 7.

Here are some storylines that will define the Big Ten tournament:

It's Clark's world and we're just living in it

  • The Iowa phenom has rewrote history this season becoming the NCAA's all-time leading scorer in basketball. She has won just about every award possible, including winning the Big Ten tournament the last two years. The only thing missing is an NCAA championship.

Don't sleep on Ohio State

  • The Buckeyes are the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten after going 16-2 in conference play during the regular season. They won 15 of their last 16 games, including a win over Iowa before losing to the Hawkeyes in the last game of the season.

Best chance for a surprising run

  • The Big Ten is a top heavy conference with Ohio State, Iowa and Indiana all ranked in the top 15 nationally. Michigan State also received votes for the top 25.
  • Yes, but: It's March and anything can happen. Nebraska is the No. 5 seed but enters the tournament winning six of their last 10, including an upset over Iowa.

How to watch: Games will be streamed on Peacock and the Big Ten Network with the championship on CBS at 11am CT March 10.

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