2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

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2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
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League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration November 2007
through March 2008
Number of teams 11
TV partner(s) Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS
2008 NBA Draft
Top draft pick Eric Gordon
Picked by Los Angeles Clippers, 7th overall
2007–08 NCAA Division I season
Champion Wisconsin (16–2)
Runners-Up Purdue (15–3)
Season MVP D.J. White - IU
Top scorer Eric Gordon - IU
Tournament
Tournament champions Wisconsin
  Runners-up Illinois
Tournament MVP Marcus Landry - WIS
Basketball seasons
← 06–07
08–09 →
2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Wisconsin 16 2   .889     31 5   .861
#20 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
Indiana 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
#18 Michigan State 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
Ohio State 10 8   .556     24 13   .649
Minnesota 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Penn State 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Iowa 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Illinois 5 13   .278     16 19   .457
Michigan 5 13   .278     10 22   .313
Northwestern 1 17   .056     8 22   .267
2008 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The Wisconsin Badgers captured both the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season Big Ten Conference regular season and tournament titles, from where they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Ohio State Buckeyes won the NIT.

Preseason[edit]

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were chosen as preseason All-Big Ten by the media.[2]

Shaun Pruitt, ILL, SR, C
D.J. White, IND, SR, F
Drew Neitzel, MSU, SR, G (Player of the Year)
Jamar Butler, OSU, SR, G
Geary Claxton, PSU, SR, G/F

Teams[edit]

The following teams were selected as the top teams in the conference by the media.[2]

  1. Michigan State
  2. Indiana
  3. Ohio State

Preconference schedules[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

ACC–Big Ten Challenge[edit]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
Wake Forest Iowa WF 56–47 [1] Iowa City, IA X
Georgia Tech #15 Indiana IND 83–79 [2] Bloomington, IN X
Florida State Minnesota FSU 75–61 [3] Tallahassee, FL X
Virginia Northwestern UVA 94–52 [4] Charlottesville, VA X
#7 Duke #20 Wisconsin Duke 82–58 [5] Durham, NC X
#18 Clemson Purdue CLEM 61–58 [6] Clemson, SC X
NC State #13 Michigan State MSU 81–58 [7] East Lansing, MI X
Maryland Illinois UMD 69–61 [8] College Park, MD X
Boston College Michigan BC 77–64 [9] Ann Arbor, MI X
#2 North Carolina Ohio State UNC 66–55 [10] Columbus, OH X
Virginia Tech Penn State PSU 66–61 [11] State College, PA X
RESULT ACC 8 3

Notes: Miami did not play. Rankings from ESPN Coaches Poll (Nov. 26).

Final standings[edit]

Team[3] B10 Conference B10 % B10 Home B10 Road All Games All Games % All Home All Road All Neutral
Wisconsin 16–2 .889 8–1 8–1 31–5 .861 16–2 10–2 5–1
Purdue 15–3 .833 9–0 6–3 25–9 .735 16–1 6–5 3–3
Indiana 14–4 .778 8–1 6–3 25–8 .758 17–2 7–3 1–3
Michigan State 12–6 .667 9–0 3–6 27–9 .750 17–0 4–6 6–3
Ohio State 10–8 .556 7–2 3–6 24–13 .649 17–3 4–8 3–2
Minnesota 8–10 .444 5–4 3–6 20–14 .588 12–5 4–8 4–1
Penn State 7–11 .389 5–4 2–7 15–16 .484 13–4 2–8 0–4
Iowa 6–12 .333 4–5 2–7 13–19 .406 10–8 3–8 0–3
Illinois 5–13 .278 3–6 2–7 16–19 .457 7–7 3–9 6–3
Michigan 5–13 .278 3–6 2–7 10–22 .313 6–9 2–10 2–3
Northwestern 1–17 .056 0–9 1–8 8–22 .452 5–11 3–10 0–1

Statistical leaders[edit]

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Steals Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Eric Gordon IND 20.9 D. J. White IND 10.3 Jamar Butler OSU 5.9 Chris Kramer PUR 2.3
D. J. White IND 17.4 Goran Suton MSU 8.2 Travis Walton MSU 4.3 Al Nolen MINN 1.9
Manny Harris MICH 16.1 Shaun Pruitt ILL 7.3 Michael Thompson NU 4.3 Craig Moore NU 1.8
Jamar Butler OSU 15.0 Jamarcus Ellis IND 7.0 Drew Neitzel MSU 4.0 Trevon Hughes WIS 1.8
Kosta Koufos OSU 14.4 Kosta Koufos OSU 6.7 Kalin Lucas MSU 3.8 Damian Johnson MINN 1.7
Blocked Shots Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Three-Point FG Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Ekpe Udoh MICH 2.9 D. J. White IND 60.5 Armon Bassett IND 45.4 Jamar Butler OSU 94.3
Kosta Koufos OSU 1.8 Othello Hunter OSU 59.6 Robbie Hummel PUR 44.7 Jason Bohannon WIS 86.7
Drew Naymick MSU 1.7 Shaun Pruitt ILL 57.2 Keaton Grant PUR 44.0 Robbie Hummel PUR 86.5
D. J. White IND 1.6 Raymar Morgan MSU 55.8 E'Twaun Moore PUR 43.4 Drew Neitzel MSU 86.0
Othello Hunter OSU 1.5 Goran Suton MSU 55.1 Michael Thompson NU 43.3 Keaton Grant PUR 85.1

Players of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, the Big Ten offices name a player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week
November 12, 2007 DeShawn Sims, MICH
November 19, 2007 Eric Gordon, IND
Raymar Morgan, MSU
November 26, 2007 Kosta Koufos, OSU
December 3, 2007 D. J. White, IND
December 10, 2007 D. J. White, IND
December 17, 2007 Geary Claxton, PSU
December 24, 07 Shaun Pruitt, ILL
Dan Coleman, MINN
December 31, 2007 Brian Butch, WIS
January 7, 2008 Raymar Morgan, MSU
Geary Claxton, PSU
January 14, 2008 D. J. White, IND
January 21, 2008 Keaton Grant, PUR
January 28, 2008 Drew Neitzel, MSU
February 4, 2008 D. J. White, IND
E'Twaun Moore, PUR
February 11, 2008 Robbie Hummel, PUR
February 18, 2008 Manny Harris, MICH
February 25, 2008 Cyrus Tate, IA
March 3 '08 Goran Suton, MSU
March 10, 2008 Jamar Butler, OSU

Conference honors[edit]

Two sets of conference award winners are recognized by the Big Ten – one selected by league coaches and one selected by the media.[4]

Honor Coaches Media
Player of the Year D. J. White, IND D. J. White, IND
Coach of the Year Matt Painter, PUR Matt Painter, PUR
Freshman of the Year Eric Gordon, IND Eric Gordon, IND
Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kramer, PUR None Selected
Sixth Man of the Year Jason Bohannon, WIS None Selected
All Big Ten First Team Eric Gordon, IND Eric Gordon, IND
D. J. White, IND D. J. White, IND
Drew Neitzel, MSU Jamar Butler, OSU
Robbie Hummel, PUR Robbie Hummel, PUR
Brian Butch, WIS Brian Butch, WIS
All Big Ten Second Team Manny Harris, MICH Manny Harris, MICH
Raymar Morgan, MSU Raymar Morgan, MSU
Jamar Butler, OSU Drew Neitzel, MSU
E'Twaun Moore, PUR E'Twaun Moore, PUR
Marcus Landry, WIS Michael Flowers, WIS
All Big Ten Third Team Armon Bassett, IND Shaun Pruitt, ILL
Tony Freeman, IA Armon Bassett, IND
Lawrence McKenzie, MINN Kosta Koufos, OSU
Kosta Koufos, OSU Jamelle Cornley, PSU
Michael Flowers, WIS Chris Kramer, PUR
Marcus Landry, WIS
All Big Ten Honorable Mention Shaun Pruitt, ILL Jamarcus Ellis, IND
DeShawn Sims, MICH Tony Freeman, IA
Kalin Lucas, MSU Kalin Lucas, MSU
Dan Coleman, MINN Dan Coleman, MINN
Kevin Coble, NU Lawrence McKenzie, MINN
Jamelle Cornley, PSU Kevin Coble, NU
Keaton Grant, PUR Craig Moore, NU
Chris Kramer, PUR Keaton Grant, PUR
Trevon Hughes, WIS Trevon Hughes, WIS
All-Freshman Team Eric Gordon, IND Not Selected
Manny Harris, MICH
Kosta Koufos, OSU
Robbie Hummel, PUR
E'Twaun Moore, PUR
All Defensive Team Ekpe Udoh, MICH Not Selected
Travis Walton, MSU
Chris Kramer, PUR
Michael Flowers, WIS
Joe Krabbenhoft, WIS

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament[edit]

Team Bid Type Seed Results
Wisconsin Automatic 3 Won First Round vs. #14 Cal St. Fullerton 71–56
Won Second Round vs. #11 Kansas State 72–55
Lost Sweet 16 vs. #10 Davidson 73–56
Michigan State At-large 5 Won First Round vs. #12 Temple 72–61
Won Second Round vs. #4 Pittsburgh 65–54
Lost Sweet 16 vs. #1 Memphis 92–74
Purdue At-large 6 Won First Round vs. #11 Baylor 90–79
Lost Second Round vs. #3 Xavier 85–78
Indiana At-large 8 Lost First Round vs. #9 Arkansas 86–72

NIT[edit]

Team Bid Type Seed Results
Ohio State At-large 1 Won First Round vs. #8 UNC-Asheville 84–66
Won Second Round vs. #4 California 73–56
Won Quarterfinals vs. #3 Dayton 74–63
Won NIT Semifinals vs. Mississippi 81–69
Won NIT Final vs. Massachusetts 92–85
Minnesota At-large 4 Lost First Round vs. #5 Maryland 68–58

2008 NBA Draft[edit]

The following Big Ten players were selected in the 2008 NBA Draft

PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 7 Gordon, EricEric Gordon SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Indiana (Fr.)
1 23 Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos C  Greece Utah Jazz Ohio State (Fr.)
1 29 White, D.J.D.J. White SG  United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Seattle) Indiana (Sr.)

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