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    After Four-Year Hiatus, Big Ten Tournament Returns This Weekend

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    Senior Kristin Scharkey is excited to play in her first-career Big Ten Tournament.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior Kristin Scharkey is excited to play in her first-career Big Ten Tournament.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 7, 2013

     2013 Big Ten Tournament
     Date  Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12
     Location   Bowlin Stadium | Lincoln, Neb.
     The Schedule THURSDAY, May 9
    G1: No. 5 NU vs. No. 12 Indiana, 11:30 a.m.
    G2: No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Iowa, 2 p.m.
    G3: No. 6 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State, 4:30 p.m.
    G4: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Purdue, 7 p.m.

    FRIDAY, May 10
    G5: Winner G1 vs. No. 4 Wisconsin, 11:30 a.m.
    G6: Winner G2 vs. No. 1 Michigan, 2 p.m.
    G7: Winner G3 vs. No. 3 Minnesota, 4:30 p.m.
    G8: Winner G4 vs. No. 2 Nebraska, 7 p.m.

    SATURDAY, May 11
    G9: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6 (BTN)
    G10: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 (BTN)

    SUNDAY, May 12
    Championship Game, Noon (BTN)

     Live Coverage  Official Big Ten Tournament Page at Huskers.com
     Social Media  @NUSBCats   |  @NU_SportsLive
     Game Notes  NU's Big Ten Tournament Game Notes

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the first time since 2008, schools from around the conference will gather at the end of the season for the Big Ten Tournament hosted this year May 9-12 by newest member, Nebraska.

    After Northwestern won the most recent playing in 2008 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field--thereby entering this weekend as the defending champion--the tournament was discontinued due to regular season scheduling changes. It was re-instated this year after the addition of Nebraska, and eventually Maryland and Rutgers, to the conference. Northwestern will serve as host in 2014.

    NU is the No. 5 seed this weekend and will christen the latest edition of the tournament in its very first game at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, against No. 12 seed Indiana. The Wildcats and Hoosiers did not play during this year's regular season. The winner then will advance to play No. 4 seed Wisconsin at 11:30 a.m. CT Friday, May 10.

    The first two days of the tournament will feature free live video and audio streamed on Nebraska's Huskers.com website. The semifinal and final games will be televised live on BTN.

    Contrary to past iterations of the Big Ten Tournament when only the top six or eight teams in the league made the field, this year all 12 conference programs will compete in the single elimination event with the top four seeds all receiving first-round byes. NU won both the inaugural tournament in 1982 and the most recent staging in 2008. The 'Cats are 20-12 all-time in the B1G tourney.

    On Wednesday, five Wildcats were named All-Big Ten award winners, led by sophomore Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) who is the first league player to ever win both the batting title (.475) and strikeout crown (113) in the same season. She and Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) are first-team winners while Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) and Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) made the second team and Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) was named to the inaugural All-Defensive team.

    For Northwestern's complete Big Ten Tournament game notes package, download the .pdf at the top of this page.

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