Big Ten Tournament 2021: Quarterfinals Scores, Semifinals Bracket and Schedule

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2021

Michigan Wolverines guard Mike Smith (12) signals a play against Rutgers in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Each of the eight best teams the Big Ten has to offer were in action Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Big Ten men's basketball tournament. 

All of the top eight seeds advanced to the quarters, meaning some of the top teams in the nation were looking to punch their tickets to the semis.

Among the teams slated for action at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis were fourth-seeded Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 3 Illinois and No. 5 Iowa.

Here is a full rundown of Friday's Big Ten tournament results thus far, as well as a look at where the Big Ten tourney bracket stands.



Big Ten Quarterfinals Results/Schedule

(1) Michigan def. (8) Maryland 79-66

(5) Ohio State def. (4) Purdue 87-78 (OT)

(2) Illinois def. (7) Rutgers 90-68

(3) Iowa def. (6) Wisconsin 62-57


Big Ten Tournament Bracket

Buckeyes Wire @BuckeyesWire

Updated Big Ten Tournament Bracket as we head into the quarterfinals. https://t.co/qI0HgaWAGd

Friday Scores

Michigan 79, Maryland 66

The top-seeded Michigan Wolverines overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to beat the eighth-seeded Maryland Terrapins 79-66 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Big Ten tournament on Friday.

Michigan looked to be in dire straits in the first half, but it closed the half on a 16-2 run to take a 40-38 lead into halftime.

Franz Wagner scored the go-ahead bucket in the closing seconds of the opening half on the ninth assist of the game up to that point by Mike Smith:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

1⃣6⃣-2⃣ run to close the half. No. 1 seed @umichbball finished the first half on fire. (Oh, and Mike Smith has 9 assists and 0 turnovers. 🤯) https://t.co/IB2QyIZ7lG

It was a remarkable turn of events, as the Terrapins were dominating and received an especially big boost from a highlight-reel dunk by Aaron Wiggins:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

You serious?! @Aaron_Wiggins_ just threw this thing down for @TerrapinHoops. 😱 https://t.co/BFd2gF7uA3

Even so, Michigan had all the momentum on its side, and it never relinquished the lead aside from a brief tie in the opening seconds of the second half.

The Wolverines actually had to close out the win without head coach Juwan Howard, who was ejected about midway through the second half after he and Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon got into a heated argument:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Juwan Howard was ejected during the last timeout. Here's a look at what transpired: https://t.co/rd5T99zAtC

The two sidelines converged and had to be separated so that things didn't escalate further. Michigan led by 10 at that time, and it was never in danger of losing that lead even after Howard was ejected.

Maryland outshot Michigan for much of the first half, but the Wolverines flipped the script and ended up winning the statistical battle.

Michigan shot 51.7 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three and 100 percent (7-for-7) from the free-throw line, compared to 48.1 percent, 30.8 percent and 75 percent for Maryland.

The Wolverines also had 21 assists to 16 for the Terps, and that was primarily thanks to Smith, who put himself in elite company, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Mike Smith finished with 18 points and 15 assists in Michigan's 79-66 win over Maryland. Smith is the 4th player over the last 25 seasons with 15 points and 15 assists in a conference tournament game. https://t.co/PO0qMZhZTD

Smith scored a career-high 18 points and added a Big Ten tournament record 15 assists to pace the Wolverines.

Michigan also got big performances from Wagner and Eli Brooks, who both scored 16 points. Maryland's Eric Ayala led all scorers with 19.

While Michigan has advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, Maryland fell to 16-12 on the season and must now await its fate with regard to whether it did enough to make the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State 87, Purdue 78 (OT)

The fifth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes outlasted the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers 87-78 in overtime of their Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game.

OSU led by 18 at halftime, but that lead evaporated in the second half thanks to a late 9-0 run by Purdue. The Buckeyes came back to life in the second half, though, with trifectas by Seth Towns and Duane Washington Jr. looming large.

Ohio State's first-half lead was largely built on the play of senior Kyle Young, who came out of the gates firing, especially from three-point range:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Only five-plus minutes into this one, and Kyle Young has three treys. 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/1St3TON796

By the time the first half ended, Young had scored 18 points, which tied his career high:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Kyle Young's career-high is 18 points. The @OhioStateHoops F has 13 with plenty of time left in the first half. https://t.co/RVuHxJncML

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Why not? 🤷‍♂️ Already with a career-high three 3s, Kyle Young drains another before the half. The @OhioStateHoops F has 18 points, matching his career-high. 😱 https://t.co/dwtqFT91rd

Coincidentally, the Buckeyes led by 18 at the half, and it looked as though the Boilermakers' chances of mounting a comeback were slim and none.

Things changed for Ohio State in the second half, however, especially after Young was forced to leave the game after taking an elbow to the head.

Young was tended to by medical staff on the sidelines before heading to the locker room. Young did not return to the game:

Adam Jardy @AdamJardy

Kyle Young still being attended to by the training staff. #Buckeyes still up 61-48 with 11:36 to play. https://t.co/HxprDaF45p

With Young out, Purdue junior forward Trevion Williams took over the game, as he posted up Ohio State players on possession after possession and kept scoring with precision hook shots:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Trevion (@twill___) liked that one, too. @BoilerBall has made this one tight down the stretch. https://t.co/nHrJI36C84

Williams tied the game at 70-70 with 49 seconds left in regulation and then tied it again at 72-72 with 12 seconds left to force overtime.

Williams ended up scoring all but four of his game-high 26 points in the second half and overtime, which was paramount in Purdue's comeback. He also accounted for 14 rebounds and five assists.

To the Buckeyes' credit, they figured things out in the extra session and managed to reverse the momentum enough to advance to the semifinals.

Washington led Ohio State with 20 points, but Young's efforts played a big role in the win even though he exited in the second half, as he went 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 from deep for 18 points.


Illinois 90, Rutgers 68

Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu posted 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals as Illinois led wire-to-wire in defeating Rutgers 90-68.

Illinois jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 47-28 halftime edge. Dosunmu, who scored 14 first-half points, played a big part in that hot start, converting on this three-point play early on:

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

8-0 run to start for game for @IlliniMBB 🔥 https://t.co/ooUGvXQfv8

He finished with 14 first-half points, enabling Illinois to cruise in the second half. The No. 3 team in the Associated Press poll led by as many as 26 points after halftime before winning by 22.

Sophomore center Kofi Cockburn added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Illinois, which shot 52.5 percent from the field and out-rebounded Rutgers 44-19. Illinois also grabbed 17 offensive boards to Rutgers' four and scored 46 points in the paint.

Cockburn's paint dominance down low was on display all night, including this offensive rebound and ensuing slam dunk:

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

😤 @kxng_alpha with the ONE ARM rebound and finish He's got @IlliniMBB HYPED https://t.co/5lR7jqxcf0

Freshman guard Adam Miller also excelled with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. He put the exclamation point on this win with a dunk to put Illinois up 26:

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

🚀 @IlliniMBB is SOARING https://t.co/EiwcUZOq6J

Junior guard Ron Harper Jr. led Rutgers with 21 points, and senior guard Jacob Young added 13 more.

Illinois, which is seeded second in the Big Ten tournament, will play the winner of Iowa versus Wisconsin in the conference semifinals Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The winner will take on either Ohio State or Michigan in the finals on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Rutgers' season is not over: The Scarlet Knights should be in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time since 1991. Bracket Matrix currently projects Rutgers as a No. 9 seed.


Iowa 62, Wisconsin 57

Senior center Luka Garza posted 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds and four blocks as third-seeded Iowa defeated sixth-seeded Wisconsin 62-57 to advance to the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Junior guard Joe Wieskamp, who suffered a sprained right ankle when the Hawkeyes beat the Badgers to close the regular season last Sunday, returned Friday and scored 10 points.

Senior guard D'Mitrik Trice led Wisconsin with 19 points, and senior forward Micah Potter added 17 off the bench.

Wisconsin led 34-26 early in the second half thanks in part to Potter, who scored 11 by halftime. Potter finished off this pick-and-roll with Trice for a slam dunk to put Wisconsin up six late in the first half:

Wisconsin On BTN @WisconsinOnBTN

Beautiful pick and roll by @DMitrikTrice0 and @BigJam_23. 🔥 https://t.co/YtZsNC2zI3

However, Wisconsin went ice-cold from the field in the second half, going 9:08 without a field goal. A Trice three-pointer with 9:22 left in the second half was the last bucket Wisconsin would get until he made another three with 14 seconds remaining. Trice was the only Badger to make a field goal in the last 14 minutes of the game. 

Iowa took advantage and chipped away at the Badgers, taking the lead for good after Wieskamp's layup with 3:01 remaining to put the Hawkeyes up 54-52. Wieskamp hit another jumper to put Iowa up four, and senior guard Jordan Bohannon scored six points down the stretch to seal the win. That included this big bucket:

Iowa On BTN @IowaOnBTN

Clutch! ⚡ @JordanBo_3 puts @IowaHoops up four! https://t.co/BMOWQ6ggiA

Wieskamp also made this huge block on the other end to preserve the lead:

FOX College Hoops @CBBonFOX

What a block by @JWieskamp21! @IowaHoops leads late https://t.co/hg3pOM2bJe

Iowa shot just 2-of-20 from three-point range but had 16 combined steals and blocks to Wisconsin's seven. The Badgers also committed 14 turnovers versus Iowa's eight.

Iowa will now face Illinois in the semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with the winner facing either Ohio State or Michigan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.