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The B1G Baseball Tournament kicks off in Bloomington today. Check out the matchups, projections, and travel tips for all the action this week.

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After a tight race in the regular season all year we finally end up in Bloomington. Eight teams will fight for the title and while a few will move on even if they don't take home the trophy expect hard fought battles all around.

Tournament bracket and other info can be found here. The only interesting thing about this set up is that if you are coming up from the loser's bracket you will be sent to the opposite 'pod' for the Saturday games. Outside of that it is your standard eight team double-elimination tournament. On to the matchups:

Wednesday, May 24th

Game 1: #3 Minnesota vs. #6 Indiana

Head-to-head? Yes, the Hoosiers and Gophers played in mid-April where Indiana won the series in Bloomington. A common opponent this season between the teams was Hawaii in which Minnesota lost two battles in the Dairy Queen Classic whereas Indiana won a four game set in the Aloha state.

Game 2: #2 Michigan vs. #7 Northwestern

Head-to-head? No, but they did play several common opponents. Michigan beat Santa Clara early in the season during a mid week bout and Northwestern split in a four game set with the Broncos. The Wildcats also had a four game set with Central Michigan which they lost but the Wolverines won in their mid-week game. Both squads also faced the hated Irish where again Michigan prevailed and Northwestern fell short.

Game 3: #1 Nebraska vs. #8 Purdue

Head-to-head? No, and had minimal common opponents outside of B1G play. Nebraska should be weary though since Purdue is the 8th seed and has nothing to lose going forward.

Game 4: #4 Maryland vs. #5 Iowa

Head-to-head? In whats becoming a common theme this will be the first time either team has played each other this year. With similar records and both fighting to get to the title game expect this to be a closely fought match.

I Want My BTN

All times are Eastern and subject to change. All games to be broadcast on BTN.

Wednesday, May 24

Game 1 (10:00 a.m. ET): #3 Minnesota vs. #6 Indiana


Game 2 (1:30 p.m. ET): #2 Michigan vs. #7 Northwestern


Game 3 (5:00 p.m. ET): #1 Nebraska vs. #8 Purdue


Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET): #4 Maryland vs. #5 Iowa

Thursday, May 25

Game 5 (10:00 a.m. ET): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2


Game 6 (1:30 p.m. ET): Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4


Game 7 (5:00 p.m. ET): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


Game 8 (8:30 p.m. ET): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Friday, May 26

Game 9 (1:00 p.m. ET): Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5


Game 10 (5:00 p.m. ET): Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6

Saturday, May 27

Game 11 (10:00 a.m. ET): Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 7


Game 12 (1:30 p.m. ET): Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 8


Game 13 (if necessary - 5:00 p.m. ET): Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11


Game 14 (if necessary - 8:30 p.m. ET): Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12

Sunday, May 28

Championship Game (2:00 p.m. ET): Winner Game 11/13 vs. Winner Game 12/14

Guide to Bloomington

courtesy of Crimson Quarry

Restaurant and Bar Guide

The Field of 64 Projections (5/23/17)

d1baseball.com

Chapel Hill, NC

(2) 1 UNC vs 4 Winthrop

2 St. John's vs. 3 Maryland

Lubbock, TX

(3) 1 Texas Tech vs. 4 Bryant

2 Nebraska vs. 3 Texas A&M

Louisville, KY

(5) 1 Louisville vs. 4 Tennessee Tech

2 Michigan vs. 3 Binghamton

Lexington, KY

1 Kentucky vs. 4 Kent State

2 FSU vs. 3 Indiana

2017 Baseball All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Award Winners

Selected by conference coaches

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JAKE ADAMS - Iowa

Adams was first in the B1G in a multitude of offensive categories including: HRs (24), RBIs (65), hits (73), and total bases (159). He was also second in runs scored with 48. Adams is the second Hawkeye to win the B1G player of the year award and the first since 1992 (Brett Backlund)

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Brian Shaffer - Maryland

Leads the league in ERA (1.67), is second in strikeouts (98), and third in opponent's batting average (.206). He is the first Maryland pitcher to win the pitcher of the year award.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Tyler Blohm - Maryland

As another Terp pitcher Blohm kept his opponents averages to only .228 and is tied for first in the B1G with eight total wins four of which were in B1G play. He is the first Maryland player to win the freshman of the year award.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Darin Erstad - Nebraska

The former Husker player guided Nebraska to their first regular season B1G title and in doing so becomes the first Husker coach to receive coach of the year. This is also the first such award of his career.

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM

C - Cole McDevitt, Minnesota
1B - JAKE ADAMS, Iowa
2B - Ako Thomas, Michigan
SS - Michael Brdar, Michigan
3B - Drew Lugbauer, Michigan
OF - Jack Yalowitz, Illinois
OF - Marty Costes, Maryland
OF - Joe Hoscheit, Northwestern
DH - Scott Schreiber, Nebraska
UTIL - Jake Meyers, Nebraska
SP - Brian Shaffer, Maryland
SP - Oliver Jaskie, Michigan
SP - Lucas Gilbreath, Minnesota
RP - Jackson Lamb, Michigan

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

C - Tyler Cropley, Iowa
1B - Pat McInerney, Illinois
2B - Dan Durkin, Michigan State
SS - Mason McCoy, Iowa
3B - Micah Coffey, Minnesota
OF - Logan Sowers, Indiana
OF - Robert Neustrom, Iowa
OF - Brandon Hughes, Michigan State
DH - Chad Roskelly, Michigan State
UTIL - Matt Lloyd, Indiana
SP - Nick Gallagher, Iowa
SP - Alex Troop, Michigan State
SP - Sal Biasi, Penn State
RP - Brian Glowicki, Minnesota

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

C - Nick Matera, Rutgers
1B - Toby Hanson, Minnesota
2B - Michael Massey, Illinois
SS - Angelo Altavilla, Nebraska
3B - AJ Lee, Maryland
OF - Craig Dedelow, Indiana
OF - Johnny Slater, Michigan
OF - Dominic Canzone, Ohio State
DH - Chris Folinusz, Rutgers
UTIL - Mike Carter, Rutgers
SP - Pauly Milto, Indiana
SP - Jake Hohensee, Nebraska
SP - Gareth Stroh, Purdue
RP - Mac Lozer, Michigan

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM

C - Bryce Bonner, Purdue
1B - MATT GORSKI, Indiana
2B - Michael Massey, Illinois
SS - Jeremy Houston, Indiana
3B - LUKE ROSKAM, Nebraska
OF - Bryce Kelley, Michigan State
OF - DOMINIC CANZONE, Ohio State
OF - Skyler Hunter, Purdue
DH - Casey Dodge, Illinois
UTIL - Jordan Kozicky, Minnesota
SP - TYLER BLOHM, Maryland
SP - Hank Christie, Northwestern
SP - Cal Krueger, Indiana
RP - Tommy Henry, Michigan


SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES - players chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These players must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.


Anthony Drago, Illinois

Tony Butler, Indiana

Corbin Woods, Iowa

Zach Jancarski, Maryland

Michael Brdar, Michigan

Dan Durkin, Michigan State

Matt Stemper, Minnesota

Ben Miller, Nebraska

Cooper Wetherbee, Northwestern

Jalen Washington, Ohio State

Alex Malinsky, Penn State

Hayden Grant, Purdue

Max Herrmann, Rutgers


Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Players of the year, schedule, and info courtesy of bigten.org & btn.com