After a solid regular season, the Northwestern Wildcats (13-7, 11-7 B1G) secured the fifth seed in this year’s Big Ten Tournament, guaranteeing them a first-round bye. The Wildcats will face the winner of No. 12-seeded Illinois and No. 13-seeded Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 10 around 12:30 p.m. CT. The Illini and Badgers open the conference tourney Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. CT. Below is your all-encompassing preview of both teams, beginning with the Illini.
Record: 4-17 (2-16 B1G)
Best win: 72-64 vs. Minnesota
Player to watch: Jeanae Terry
It’s no secret that the Illini have struggled mightily this year.