Minnesota March Madness begins this week with three tournaments.
The boys’ state hockey tournament started Wednesday with the Class 1A tournament and the Big Ten men’s basketball conference tournament also tipped off in Washington, D.C. Later this week, the NCAA women’s hockey tournament gets underway.
There is still time to fill out brackets as you follow your favorite teams throughout the postseason. Here are the brackets and teams you need to know about this week:
Big Ten men’s basketball tournament
The Gophers finished fourth in the Big Ten regular-season standings and earned a double bye in the conference tournament. The winner of Nebraska and Penn State advances to play Michigan State, and the winner of that game will face the Gophers on Friday.
Boys’ state hockey tournament
The top seeds in the tournament’s respective classes are Hermantown (Class 1A) and Eden Prairie (Class 2A). Hermantown plays Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Luverne. Eden Prairie’s tournament opener Thursday at 6 p.m. is a rematch of last year’s state championship game against Wayzata. The Eagles lost the game 5-3.
NCAA women’s hockey tournament
The Gophers enter the NCAA tournament unseeded and will face No. 3 seed Minnesota Duluth in Saturday’s first-round game in Duluth. The Bulldogs lead the season series 3-2 and each team won one game in overtime.