Oct. 29, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket Sunday evening for the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. Ohio State is the sixth seed and will face third-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals Sunday, Nov. 5, in East Lansing, Mich. Kickoff time TBD.
The Buckeyes (7-9-1, 3-5-0 B1G) lost a road match against the eighth-ranked Spartans (11-2-3, 5-0-3 B1G), 5-1, Oct. 1, in East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan clinched the outright Big Ten Conference men’s soccer title on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory in double overtime against Maryland in College Park. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern (6-11-0, 1-7-0 Big Ten) earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament, and will take on No. 9 Rutgers (4-12-1, 0-8-0) in the lone first-round game on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Noon ET. The Wildcats defeated the Scarlet Knights 3-0 on Oct. 15 in Evanston, Ill. Michigan (11-4-2, 6-1-1) will host the Northwestern-Rutgers winner in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Indiana (13-0-4, 5-0-3) claimed the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Penn State (5-9-2, 2-6-0) in Sunday’s quarterfinals. Indiana and Penn State will be meeting for the second time this season. Indiana claimed the first meeting with a 1-0 victory in State College on Oct. 7. The Hoosiers earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of the goal differential tie-breaker with No. 3 Michigan State (11-9).
Defending champion Maryland garnered the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after posting a 10-4-3 overall record and 5-1-2 in Big Ten play. The Terrapins will entertain No. 5 Wisconsin (8-4-4, 4-3-1) in Sunday’s quarterfinals. Maryland defeated Wisconsin, 5-4, on Oct. 13 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Times and broadcast coverage of the quarterfinals will be announced on Monday, Oct. 30. The semifinals and championship match are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 12 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The semifinals will be broadcast live on BTN at Noon and 2:30 p.m., and the championship game will be carried live at Noon ET. Follow all the Big Ten Tournament action at bigten.org and on Twitter @B1GSoccer.