What you need to know about the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament

Scott Horner, IndyStar Published 6:49 p.m. ET March 3, 2019


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The Big Ten Conference women’s basketball tournament is Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Here’s what you need to know to get the most from the experience. The first 12 games will be shown on Big Ten Network and the championship game will be on ESPN2. 


All-session ticket: $75

Session 1 (March 6, two games starting at 1:30 p.m.; Penn State vs. Wisconsin, followed by Purdue vs. Illinois), $8 

Session 2 (March 7, two second-round games starting at noon; Michigan State vs. Northwestern, followed by Ohio State vs. Wisconsin-Penn State winner), $10

Session 3 (March 7, two second-round games starting at 6:30 p.m.; Indiana vs. Minnesota, followed by Nebraska vs. Purdue-Illinois winner), $10

Session 4 (March 8, two quarterfinal games starting at noon; Maryland vs. Michigan State-Northwestern winner, followed by Michigan vs. Ohio State-Penn State-Wisconsin survivor), $14

Session 5 (March 8, two quarterfinal games starting at 6:30 p.m.; Iowa vs. Indiana-Minnesota winner, followed by Rutgers vs. Nebraska-Purdue-Illinois survivor), $14

Session 6 (March 9, two semifinal games starting at 5 p.m.), $16

Session 7 (March 10, championship game at 6 p.m.), $16 

Adjunct Instructor at Herron School of Art + Design, Mary McClung, far right, and her photo one students visit the Big Ten women's basketball tournament sign on Monument Circle in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.Buy Photo

Adjunct Instructor at Herron School of Art + Design, Mary McClung, far right, and her photo one students visit the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament sign on Monument Circle in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar)

Special deals 

5 for $25: Five tickets can be purchased for $25 for a single session, for games on Wednesday through Friday. 

Family fun pack: Package for Sunday’s championship game includes four reduced-price tickets and four food vouchers for $50. 

Standings and seedings 

1. Maryland (15-3 Big Ten, 26-3 overall)

2. Iowa (13-5, 22-7)

3. Rutgers (13-5, 21-8) 

4. Michigan (11-7, 20-10)

5. Ohio State (10-8, 14-13) 

6. Nebraska (9-9, 14-15)

7. Minnesota (9-9, 20-9)

8. Northwestern (9-9, 16-13) 

9. Michigan State (9-9, 19-10)

10. Indiana (8-10, 19-11)

11. Purdue (8-10, 17-14)

12. Penn State (5-13, 12-17)

13. Wisconsin (4-14, 13-17)

14. Illinois (2-16, 10-19)

Schools and restaurant pairings 

Fans of participating schools are encouraged to hang out at the following Downtown eateries: 

Illinois: Ram, 140 S. Illinois St.

Indiana: Kilroy’s, 201 S. Meridian St.

Iowa: Morton’s, 41 E. Washington St.

Maryland: Buffalo Wild Wings, 7 E. Washington St.

Michigan: O’Reilly’s, 36 S. Pennsylvania St.

Michigan State: Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 S. Meridian St. 

Minnesota: Prime 47, 47 S. Pennsylvania St. 

Nebraska: High Velocity, 10 S. West St.

Northwestern: Yolk, 20 E. South St.

Ohio State: Champps, Circle Centre Mall, 49 W. Maryland St.

Penn State: Harry & Izzy’s, Circle Centre Mall, 153 S. Illinois St.

Purdue: Giordano’s, 43 N. Illinois St.

Rutgers: Ike and Jonsey’s, 17 W. Jackson Place

Wisconsin: Burger Study, 28 W. Georgia St.

Tournament superlatives 

>> Purdue has won the tournament 9 times, most recently in 2013 

>> Ohio State won the 2018 tournament, stopping a 3-year run by Maryland (its first 3 years in the event)

>> Ohio State’s Jantel Davenport was the tournament Most Outstanding Player 3 times, in 2009, ’10 and ’11

>> Iowa’s Megan Gustafson scored a tournament-record 48 points against Minnesota in 2018 

>> Ohio State’s Stephanie Mavunga grabbed a tournament-record 21 rebounds against Minnesota in 2018


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