Big Ten men’s basketball: Gophers draw Northwestern in first round

Minnesota will open the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament Wednesday against Northwestern at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Gophers (13-14, 6-14) lost their last seven regular-season games to fall into the 13th seed. The winner of the game against Northwestern (9-14, 6-13) will advance to play Ohio State on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats beat Minnesota, 67-59, in their only meeting this season, Feb. 25 in Minneapolis.

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