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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament continues on Friday, with the top four teams in the conference all in action, including one of the top teams in the country.

Quarterfinals

When: Friday, March 3

Where: Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Channel: Big Ten Network

Stream: FuboTV (Free Trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream

#9 Michigan State Spartans vs. #1 Indiana Hoosiers (12:30 p.m. ET)

The Hoosiers are in the midst of an incredible season. While they are on their way to their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, Indiana is a favorite to win their first Big Ten title in over 20 years. Coming into the conference tournament as the No. 2 team in the country, the Hoosiers are hoping to build up steam heading into the Big Dance.

Michigan State had a tough battle in their second-round matchup with Nebraska on Thursday. The Cornhuskers erased an early Spartan lead, but MSU, led by DeeDee Hagemann, were able to hold on for a 67-64 win, building the team’s win streak to three games.

Though they come in as underdogs, the Spartans did something during the regular season that not many could do: beat the Hoosiers.

#5 Michigan Wolverines vs. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (est. 3 p.m. ET)

Ohio State is looking to build off its top-25 ranking, and grab its first (official) conference title since 2011. Despite losing their regular-season finale on Senior Day, and three of their last five games, the Buckeyes have Taylor Mikesell down low, providing a formidable force heading into the tournament.

While the Wolverines were huge favorites against Penn State on Thursday, Michigan almost surrendered a near-double-digit lead late in the game. Thankfully, they were able to come up with a big defensive stop to hang on for a 63-61 win. It marks the seventh-straight season the Wolverines have made it to the conference quarterfinals.

However, Michigan will be in tough on Friday, as they lost to the Buckeyes in both regular season matchups.

#7 Purdue Boilermakers vs. #2 Iowa Hawkeyes (6:30 p.m. ET)

While the Hoosiers grabbed the Big Ten Regular Season title, the Hawkeyes are the top challenger for the second-straight conference championship. The No. 7 team in the AP polls won four of their final five games of the season, including taking down Indiana in the regular season finale last Sunday.

Purdue put together a historic win on Thursday, as they had to overcome adversity in their meeting with Wisconsin in the second round. Despite trailing by 18 points, the Boilermakers rallied back, with Jayla Smith knocking down a game-winning three-pointer with less than five seconds to play to send the team to the quarterfinals. It is the second-largest comeback in Big Ten Tournament history.

If the Boilermakers are going to want to continue this dramatic run, they will have to overcome a Hawkeyes squad that beat them by 15 back in December.

#6 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #3 Maryland Terrapins (est. 9 p.m. ET)

Thanks to a tiebreaker, Maryland was forced to a third-place finish in the conference, but that has not taken away from another exceptional season for the Terps. The team is gearing up for a 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and has the lineup to win a third conference championship in four seasons.

Illinois made easy work of the 11th-seeded Rutgers in the second round on Thursday, running away with a double-digit victory. The win marked the third for the Fighting Illini this season over the Scarlet Knights.

Though Illinois has a talented team, it will be difficult to get past a Terps squad that beat them by 11 points last month.

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