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ESPN Predictions For Tonight's Big Ten Tournament Games

A University of Michigan flag is seen on the court prior to the 2014 Big Ten Men's Championship between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 16: A University of Michigan flag is seen on the court prior to the 2014 Big Ten Men's Championship between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament begins tonight. The event is taking place in New York City for the first time at Madison Square Garden.

Tonight's games are essentially two play-in matchups. Twelfth-seeded Iowa takes on 13th-seeded Illinois followed by No. 11 seed Minnesota facing off against 14th-seeded Rutgers.

The winners of these matchups move on to the next round tomorrow. The Illinois-Iowa winner will play fifth-seeded Michigan while the Minnesota-Rutgers winner gets No. 6 Indiana.

ESPN has unveiled its predictions for both games. The BPI likes the higher seeds.

ESPN probability prediction for Iowa-Illinois.
ESPN prediction for Rutgers-Minnesota.

You can see the full Big Ten Tournament bracket here.

Iowa-Illinois will tip off at 5:30 p.m. ET with Rutgers and Minnesota beginning at approximately 7:55 p.m. ET.

Both games will be broadcast on BTN.