D.J. Newbill scored 26 points, Shep Garner added 19 and Penn State hung on to beat Nebraska, 68-65, Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament opener in Chicago.
The 13th-seeded Nittany Lions (17-15) will play fifth-seeded Iowa on Thursday.
Minnesota 80, Rutgers 68 - Joey King hit six three-pointers and scored 20 to lead the Golden Gophers past the Scarlet Knights in a first-round game. Minnesota will play sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round. Kadeem Jack led Rutgers (10-22) with 18 points.
North Carolina 81, Boston College 63 - Brice Johnson scored 17 points to lead the fifth-seeded Tar Heels' romp over the 12th-seeded Eagles and set up a Thursday meeting with Lousiville in Greensville, N.C.
Florida State 76, Clemson 73 - Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points and the ninth-seeded Seminoles held on against the eighth-seeded Tigers.
Florida State will face top-seeded Virginia on Thursday.
N.C. State 81, Pittsburgh 70 - Anthony Barber scored a career-high 34 points to help the seventh-seeded Wolfpack beat the 10th-seeded Panthers. The Wolfpack play second-seeded Duke on Thursday.
Miami 59, Virginia Tech 49 - Sheldon McClellan scored 16 points and the sixth-seeded Hurricanes beat the 14th-seeded Hokies. Miami faces third-seeded Notre Dame Thursday.
TCU 67, Kansas State 65 - Chris Washburn and Kyan Anderson scored 16 points apiece, and the ninth-seeded Horned Frogs beat the eighth-seeded Wildcats in Kansas City. TCU will play top-seeded Kansas in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Texas 65, Texas Tech 53 - Cameron Ridley had 14 points and eight rebounds as the seventh-seeded Longhorns, who play second-seeded Iowa State in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Southern California 67, Arizona State 64 - Elijah Stewart scored 27 points and hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left as the 12th-seeded Trojans held off the fifth-seeded Sun Devils. USC will face UCLA in the quarterfinals Thursday.
California 84, Washington State 59 - David Kravish had 25 points and eight rebounds, lifting the eighth-seeded Bears to a dominating win over the ninth-seeded Cougars in Las Vegas. California faces top-seeded Arizona on Thursday.
Auburn 74, Mississippi State 68 - K.C. Ross-Miller scored 21 points, and the Tigers beat the Bulldogs in Nashville, Tenn. The 13th-seeded Tigers play fifth-seeded Texas A&M on Thursday.