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Maryland edged No. 24 Nebraska and No. 8 Michigan State ripped Northwestern on Wednesday night. Now conference play really ramps up:

Thursday: Gophers at No. 22 Wis.; Illinois at No. 21 Indiana; Penn St. at No. 2 Michigan; No. 25 Iowa at Purdue.

Saturday: Mich. St. at No. 14 Ohio St.; Maryland at Rutgers.

Sunday: Neb. at Iowa; Indiana at Michigan; Illinois at Northwestern; Wisconsin at Penn St.

Coming Friday

The Star Tribune debuts a weekly college basketball page Friday, featuring Marcus Fuller's weekly insider column, his latest Final Four forecast, his Big Ten rankings and more. We'll publish this each Friday on page 2 leading up to the NCAA tournament and the 2019 Final Four in Minneapolis.