5:30 p.m. vs. Penn State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis • BTN, 1440-AM
Preview: The Gophers (14-15, 5-11 Big Ten) enter the tournament as the No. 10 seed after losing three games in a row to end the regular season. No. 7 seed Penn State (19-9, 9-7) defeated them 77-66 in the teams’ only regular-season meeting at State College on Feb. 8, and enters the tournament with five victories in its past six games. The Gophers are 8-22 all-time at the Big Ten tournament and have never won it. Their best finish was second place in 2005. The winner will play fourth-ranked Maryland in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Players to watch: Gophers guard Carlie Wagner was named second-team all-Big Ten on Monday for the second consecutive season. She leads the team with 18.8 points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Guard Kenisha Bell, second on the team with 16.4 points per game, was named all-Big Ten honorable mention. Forward Taiye Bello had her best game of the season at Penn State, with 19 points and eight rebounds, and has started the past eight games. Penn State is led by sophomore guard Teniya Page, a first-team all-Big Ten pick who averages 19.4 points and 3.8 assists.
Numbers: Wagner has 196 career three-pointers and needs four more to pass Katie Ohm for fourth-most in Gophers history. … Penn State is 28-15 all-time against the Gophers, 2-0 in the Big Ten tournament.