2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

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2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
Big Ten Conference logo (2012).svg
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration December 27, 2011
– March 4, 2012
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS
2012 NBA Draft
Top draft pick Meyers Leonard
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 NCAA Division I season
Regular season tri-champions Michigan (13–5)
Michigan State (13–5)
Ohio State (13–5)
Runners-Up Wisconsin (12–6)
Season MVP Draymond Green
Tournament
Champions Michigan State
  Runners-up Ohio State
Tournament MVP Draymond Green
Basketball seasons
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
#5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
#14 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
#16 Indiana 11 7   .611     27 9   .750
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 13   .629
Northwestern 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Iowa 8 10   .444     18 17   .514
Minnesota 6 12   .333     23 15   .605
Illinois 6 12   .333     17 15   .531
Nebraska 4 14   .222     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
2012 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season marks the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive basketball among Big Ten Conference members that began in 1904. The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season marks the first season of participation of the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball team in Big Ten competition. With the addition of Nebraska all teams will play seven other teams twice and four teams once during the conference schedule, which continues to be 18 games.[1] The season commenced on October 14 when Michigan State and Minnesota celebrated Midnight Madness and three more conference schools hosted events on the 15th.[2] For the fifth consecutive season, all conference games were broadcast nationally with 8 aired by CBS Sports, 36 carried by the ESPN Inc. family of networks including ESPN and ESPN2, while 64 games were carried by the Big Ten Network.[3][4] The conference led the nation in attendance for the 36th consecutive season.[5]

The conference lost five players to the 2011 NBA Draft (JaJuan Johnson (27th overall), Jon Leuer (40th), Darius Morris (41st), Jon Diebler (51st) and E'Twaun Moore (55th)),[6] but the conference returns Jared Sullinger who was named 2011 USBWA National Freshman of the Year.[7][8] The conference had 3 2011 Consensus All-Americans (Sullinger and Johnson both first team and second team selection Jordan Taylor). Taylor returned for his senior season along with Sullinger. Sullinger repeated as a 2012 Consensus All-American and was joined by Draymond Green, who was named the NABC Player of the Year. The conference had three 2012 Academic All-Americans as well as both the Elite 89 Award (Aaron Craft) and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Robbie Hummel) winners.

The regular season ended with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State tied for the league championship. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis hosted the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament played Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11.[9] Green was both the regular season and tournament MVP. The conference had an 11–6 record in the 68-team 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with 6 entrants, 4 sweet 16 competitors and Ohio State reaching the final four. The conference had a 6–3 record in the 32-team 2012 National Invitation Tournament, with 3 entrants and Minnesota losing in the championship game.

Preseason[edit]

Three teams were ranked in the preseason USA Today/ESPN poll: Ohio State (#3), Wisconsin (#14) and Michigan (#18), while Michigan State and Purdue were also receiving votes.[10] The Big Ten Basketball Media Day for men's and women's basketball was October 27 in Chicago.[11] The men's basketball media day was covered by ESPNU.[12]

Jared Sullinger was named preseason conference player of the year at the conference media day. Other preseason All-Big Ten first team selections were Draymond Green, Trevor Mbakwe, Robbie Hummel, and Jordan Taylor. Ohio State was chosen as the top team, followed by Wisconsin and Michigan State.[13] Sullinger and Taylor were also both preseason Associated Press All-Americans.[1] 5 of the 30 nominees for the men's basketball Lowe's Senior CLASS Award were from the Big Ten: Michigan's Zack Novak, Michigan State's Green, Ohio State's William Buford, Purdue's Hummel and Wisconsin's Taylor.[1]

Preseason watchlists[edit]

Wooden[1] Naismith[1]
Tim Hardaway, Jr. UM Green tickY Green tickY
Draymond Green MSU Green tickY Green tickY
Trevor Mbakwe MIN Green tickY
John Shurna NU Green tickY Green tickY
William Buford OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Aaron Craft OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Jared Sullinger OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Robbie Hummel PUR Green tickY Green tickY
Jordan Taylor WIS Green tickY Green tickY

Midseason award lists[edit]

Trey Burke, Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier, Lewis Jackson and Jordan Taylor are five of the of nearly 60 Bob Cousy Award candidates named in December.[14] On January 4, Burke, Craft, and Taylor were included on the list of 20 finalists.[15] On February 2, the finalist list was shortened to 11, including Taylor and Craft.[16] William Buford, Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, and Cody Zeller were included on the 25-man Wooden Midseason list on January 17.[17] Novak, Green, Buford and Hummel were among the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on January 25.[18] On February 6, Green, Sullinger and Zeller were included on the 20-player Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list.[19] On February 15, Zeller was named one of five finalists for the USBWA National Freshman of the Year won the previous year by Sullinger.[20] On March 1, Zeller, Green, Sullinger and Taylor were named to the 30-player midseason Naismith Award watchlist.[21] On March 6, Green and Sullinger were named to the 15-man Wooden Award finalist list.[22] On March 19, Green became one of four finalists for the Naismith Award.[23] Sullinger and Green were among the 10 finalists for the Wooden Award, a designation termed as Wooden All-American.[24]

Rankings[edit]

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Preconference schedules[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Big Ten teams emerged victorious in the following tournaments: [25][26]

Name Dates No. teams Champion
Charleston Classic November 17, 2011 – November 20, 2011
8
Northwestern
Cancún Challenge November 22, 2011 – November 23, 2011
8
Illinois
Chicago Invitational Challenge November 13, 2011 – November 26, 2011
4*
Wisconsin

*Although these tournaments include more teams, only the number listed play for the championship.

ACC–Big Ten Challenge[edit]

Date Time ACC Team Big Ten Team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Leader
Tue., Nov. 29 7:00pm Virginia #15 Michigan John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ESPN2
10,564
Virginia (70-58)
ACC (1-0)
7:15pm Georgia Tech Northwestern Philips ArenaAtlanta, GA ESPNU
5,619
Northwestern (76-60)
Tied (1-1)
7:30pm Maryland Illinois Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ESPN
13,187
Illinois (71-62)
Big Ten (2-1)
9:00pm Miami Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2
13,927
Purdue (76-65)
Big Ten (3-1)
9:15pm Clemson Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPNU
10,449
Clemson (71-55)
Big Ten (3-2)
9:30pm #4 Duke #2 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN
18,809
Ohio State (85-63)
Big Ten (4-2)
Wed., Nov. 30 7:15pm NC State Indiana RBC CenterRaleigh, NC ESPN2
16,597
Indiana (86-75)
Big Ten (5-2)
7:15pm Boston College Penn State Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU
4,326
Penn State (62-54)
Big Ten (6-2)
7:30pm Florida State Michigan State Breslin Student Events CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN
14,797
Michigan State (65-49)
Big Ten (7-2)
9:15pm Virginia Tech Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN2
10,487
Minnesota (58-55)
Big Ten (8-2)
9:15pm Wake Forest Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPNU
9,769
Wake Forest (55-53)
Big Ten (8-3)
9:30pm #5 North Carolina #7 Wisconsin Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN
21,750
North Carolina (60-57)
Big Ten (8-4)
Nebraska made its inaugural appearance in the event

Conference schedules[edit]

For the full season, the Big Ten led the nation in attendance.[27][28] Conference play officially began on Tuesday, December 27 when Illinois hosted Minnesota and Nebraska hosted its first conference game against 11th-ranked Wisconsin.[14]

Composite Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. (x) indicates games remaining this season.

  Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Michigan St Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Ohio State Penn State Purdue Wisconsin
vs. Illinois 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0
vs. Indiana 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0
vs. Iowa 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–2
vs. Michigan 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
vs. Michigan St 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2
vs. Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0
vs. Nebraska 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
vs. Northwestern 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0
vs. Ohio State 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1
vs. Penn State 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
vs. Purdue 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
vs. Wisconsin 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1
Total 6–12 11–7 8–10 13–5 13–5 6–12 4–14 8–10 13–5 4–14 10–8 12–6

Illinois[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011 6:30 PM Minnesota Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 81–72 2OT 1–0 (12–2)
December 31, 2011 3:00 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 75–60  1–1 (12–3)
January 4, 2012 6:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN W 57–56  2–1 (13–3)
January 7, 2012 12:00 PM Nebraska Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL BTN W 59–54  3–1 (14–3)
January 10, 2012 8:00 PM #5 Ohio State Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL ESPN W 79–74  4–1 (15–3)
January 19, 2012 8:00 PM at Penn State #22 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPN2 L 52–54  4–2 (15–4)
January 22, 2012 1:00 PM Wisconsin #22 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL BTN L 63–67  4–3 (15–5)
January 28, 2012 7:00 PM at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 72–77 OT 4–4 (15–6)
January 31, 2012 6:00 PM #9 Michigan State Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL ESPN W 42–41  5–4 (16–6)
February 5, 2012 2:00 PM Northwestern Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL BTN L 70–74  5–5 (16–7)
February 9, 2012 7:00 PM at #23 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN L 71–84  5–6 (16–8)
February 12, 2012 12:00 PM at #22 Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI CBS L 61–70  5–7 (16–9)
February 15, 2012 7:30 PM Purdue Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL BTN L 62–67  5–8 (16–10)
February 18, 2012 4:00 PM at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN L 57–80  5–9 (16–11)
February 21, 2012 6:00 PM at #8 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN L 67–83  5–10 (16–12)
February 26, 2012 5:00 PM Iowa Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL BTN W 65–54  6–10 (17–12)
March 1, 2012 6:00 PM #13 Michigan Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL ESPN L 61–72  6–11 (17–13)
March 4, 2012 12:00 PM at #14 Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 56–70  6–12 (17–14)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 10:30 AM vs. Iowa Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN L 61–64  17–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Indiana[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 7:30 PM at #16 Michigan State #13 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 80–65  0–1 (12–1)
December 31, 2011 6:00 PM #2 Ohio State #13 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2 W 74–70  1–1 (13–1)
January 5, 2012 9:00 PM #16 Michigan #12 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN2 W 73–71  2–1 (14–1)
January 8, 2012 12:00 PM at Penn State #12 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 88–82  3–1 (15–1)
January 12, 2012 8:00 PM Minnesota #7 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN L 74–77  3–2 (15–2)
January 15, 2012 4:30 PM at #5 Ohio State #7 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH CBS L 63–80  3–3 (15–3)
January 18, 2012 7:00 PM at Nebraska #11 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN L 69–70  3–4 (15–4)
January 22, 2012 12:00 PM Penn State #11 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 73–54  4–4 (16–4)
January 26, 2012 9:00 PM at #25 Wisconsin #16 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN2 L 50–57  4–5 (16–5)
January 29, 2012 6:00 PM Iowa #16 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 103–89  5–5 (17–5)
February 1, 2012 6:30 PM at #23 Michigan #20 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 56–68  5–6 (17–6)
February 4, 2012 7:00 PM at Purdue #20 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 78–61  6–6 (18–6)
February 9, 2012 8:00 PM Illinois #23 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 84–71  7–6 (19–6)
February 15, 2012 6:30 PM Northwestern #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 71–66  8–6 (20–6)
February 19, 2012 6:00 PM at Iowa #18 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 66–78  8–7 (20–7)
February 26, 2012 1:00 PM at Minnesota #23 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN W 69–50  9–7 (22–7)
February 28, 2012 7:00 PM #5 Michigan State #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN W 70–55  10–7 (23–7)
March 4, 2012 6:00 PM Purdue #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 85–74  11–7 (24–7)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 2:00 PM vs. Penn State #15 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN W 75–58  25–7
March 9, 2012 2:30 PM vs. #14 Wisconsin #15 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN L 71–79  25–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Iowa[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 8:30 PM Purdue Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 76–79  0–1 (8–6)
December 31, 2011 12:00 PM at #11 Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN W 72–65  1–1 (9–6)
January 4, 2012 8:00 PM at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN W 64–62  2–1 (10–6)
January 7, 2012 2:00 PM #6 Ohio State Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA BTN L 47–76  2–2 (10–7)
January 10, 2012 6:00 PM at #6 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 61–95  2–3 (10–8)
January 14, 2012 12:00 PM #13 Michigan Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA BTN W 75–59  3–3 (11–8)
January 17, 2012 7:00 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 68–75  3–4 (11–9)
January 26, 2012 6:00 PM Nebraska Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA ESPNU L 73–79  3–5 (11–10)
January 29, 2012 5:00 PM at #16 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN L 89–103  3–6 (11–11)
February 1, 2012 7:30 PM Minnesota Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA BTN W 63–59  4–6 (12–11)
February 4, 2012 2:00 PM Penn State Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA ESPNU W 77–64  5–6 (13–11)
February 9, 2012 8:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPNU L 64–83  5–7 (13–12)
February 16, 2012 7:00 PM at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPNU L 64–69  5–8 (13–13)
February 19, 2012 5:00 PM #18 Indiana Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA BTN W 78–66  6–8 (14–13)
February 23, 2012 8:00 PM #16 Wisconsin Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA ESPN2 W 67–66  7–8 (15–13)
February 26, 2012 5:00 PM at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN L 54-65  7–9 (15–14)
February 29, 2012 8:00 PM at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPNU W 62–53  8–9 (16–14)
March 3, 2012 1:30 PM Northwestern Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, IA BTN L 66–70  8–10 (16–15)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 10:30 AM vs. Illinois Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN W 64–61  17–15
March 9, 2012 11:00 AM vs. #8 Michigan State Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN L 75–92  17–16
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Michigan[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 29, 2011 7:30 PM Penn State #18 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 71–53  1–0 (11–2)
January 1, 2012 4:00 PM Minnesota #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 61–56  2–0 (12–2)
January 5, 2012 9:00 PM at #12 Indiana #16 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2 L 71–73  2–1 (12–3)
January 8, 2012 1:30 PM #18 Wisconsin #16 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI CBS W 59–41  3–1 (13–3)
January 11, 2012 6:30 PM Northwestern #13 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 66–64 OT 4–1 (14–3)
January 14, 2012 1:00 PM at Iowa #13 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 59–75  4–2 (14–4)
January 17, 2012 7:00 PM #9 Michigan State #20 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 60–59  5–2 (15–4)
January 24, 2012 7:00 PM at Purdue #20 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 66–64  6–2 (16–5)
January 29, 2012 1:00 PM at #4 Ohio State #20 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH CBS L 49–64  6–3 (16–6)
February 1, 2012 6:30 PM #20 Indiana #23 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 68–56  7–3 (17–6)
February 5, 2012 1:00 PM at #9 Michigan State #23 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI CBS L 54–64  7–4 (17–7)
February 8, 2012 8:30 PM at Nebraska #22 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN W 62–46  8–4 (18–7)
February 12, 2012 1:00 PM Illinois #22 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI CBS W 70–61  9–4 (19–7)
February 18, 2012 9:00 PM #6 Ohio State #17 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 56–51  10–4 (20–7)
February 21, 2012 8:00 PM at Northwestern #11 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN W 67–55 OT 11–4 (21–7)
February 25, 2012 6:00 PM Purdue #11 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN L 61–75  11–5 (21–8)
March 1, 2012 7:00 PM at Illinois #13 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN W 72–61  12–5 (22–8)
March 4, 2012 1:00 PM at Penn State #13 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPN W 71–65  13–5 (23–8)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012 6:30 PM vs. Minnesota #10 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN W 73–69 OT 24–8
March 10, 2012 4:05 PM vs. #7 Ohio State #10 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS L 55–77  24–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Michigan State[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 7:30 PM #13 Indiana #16 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN W 80–65  1–0 (12–2)
December 31, 2011 3:00 PM at Nebraska #16 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN W 68–55  2–0 (13–2)
January 3, 2012 7:00 PM at #18 Wisconsin #10 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN2 W 63–60 OT 3–0 (14–2)
January 10, 2012 7:00 PM Iowa #6 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI BTN W 95–61  4–0 (15–2)
January 14, 2012 3:00 PM at Northwestern #6 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN L 74–81  4–1 (15–3)
January 17, 2012 7:00 PM at #20 Michigan #9 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 59–60  4–2 (15–4)
January 21, 2012 12:00 PM Purdue #9 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI ESPN W 83–58  5–2 (16–4)
January 25, 2012 8:30 PM Minnesota #10 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI BTN W 68–52  6–2 (17–4)
January 31, 2012 7:00 PM at Illinois #9 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN L 41–42  6–3 (17–5)
February 5, 2012 1:00 PM #23 Michigan #9 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI CBS W 64–54  7–3 (18–5)
February 8, 2012 6:30 PM Penn State #11 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI BTN W 77–57  8–3 (19–5)
February 11, 2012 6:00 PM at #3 Ohio State #11 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN W 58–48  9–3 (20–5)
February 16, 2012 7:00 PM #15 Wisconsin #7 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI ESPN W 69–55  10–3 (21–5)
February 19, 2012 1:00 PM at Purdue #7 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN CBS W 76–62  11–3 (22–5)
February 22, 2012 8:30 PM at Minnesota #6 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN W 66–61  12–3 (23–5)
February 25, 2012 8:00 PM Nebraska #6 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI BTN W 62–34  13–3 (24–5)
February 28, 2012 7:00 PM at #18 Indiana #5 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN L 55–70  13–4 (24–6)
March 4, 2012 4:00 PM #10 Ohio State #5 Breslin Center • East Lansing, MI CBS L 70–72  13–5 (24–7)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012 12:00 PM vs. Iowa #8 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN W 92–75  25–7
March 10, 2012 1:40 PM vs. #14 Wisconsin #8 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS W 65–52  26–7
March 11, 2012 3:30 PM vs. #7 Ohio State #8 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS W 68–64  27–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Minnesota[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011 6:30 PM at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN L 72–81 2OT 0–1 (12–2)
January 1, 2012 3:00 PM at #18 Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 56–61  0–2 (12–3)
January 4, 2012 8:00 PM Iowa Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 62–64  0–3 (12–4)
January 8, 2012 5:00 PM Purdue Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN L 66-79  0–4 (12–5)
January 12, 2012 7:00 PM at #7 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN W 77–74  1–4 (13–5)
January 15, 2012 3:00 PM at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 80-66  2–4 (14–5)
January 22, 2012 3:00 PM Northwestern Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 75–52  3–4 (15–5)
January 25, 2012 7:30 PM at #10 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 52–68  3–5 (15–6)
January 28, 2012 7:00 PM Illinois Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 77–72 OT 4–5 (16–6)
February 1, 2012 7:30 PM at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 59–63  4–6 (16–7)
February 5, 2012 12:00 PM at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN W 69–61  5–6 (17–7)
February 9, 2012 6:00 PM #21 Wisconsin Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 61–68 OT 5–7 (17–8)
February 14, 2012 8:00 PM #6 Ohio State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 68–78  5–8 (17–9)
February 18, 2012 6:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN L 53–64  5–9 (17–10)
February 22, 2012 7:30 PM #6 Michigan State Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN L 61–66  5–10 (17–11)
February 26, 2012 12:00 PM #23 Indiana Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 50–69  5–11 (17–12)
February 28, 2012 7:00 PM at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 45–52  5–12 (17–13)
March 3, 2012 11:30 AM Nebraska Williams Arena • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 81–69  6–12 (18–13)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 4:30 PM vs. Northwestern Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN2 W 75–68 OT 19–13
March 9, 2012 5:30 PM vs. #10 Michigan Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN L 69–73 OT 19–14
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Nebraska[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011 8:00 PM #11 Wisconsin Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPN2 L 40-64  0–1 (8–4)
December 31, 2011 2:00 PM #16 Michigan State Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN L 55–68  0–2 (8–5)
January 3, 2012 5:30 PM at #6 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH BTN L 40–71  0–3 (8–6)
January 7, 2012 12:00 PM at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN L 54–59  0–4 (8–7)
January 11, 2012 7:30 PM Penn State Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN W 70–58  1–4 (9–7)
January 15, 2012 5:00 PM at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 45–50  1–5 (9–8)
January 18, 2012 6:00 PM #11 Indiana Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN W 70–69  2–5 (10–8)
January 21, 2012 7:00 PM #6 Ohio State Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN L 45–79  2–6 (10–9)
January 26, 2012 6:00 PM at Iowa Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPNU W 79–73  3–6 (11–9)
February 2, 2012 6:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 74–84  3–7 (11–10)
February 5, 2012 12:00 PM Minnesota Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN L 61–69  3–8 (11–11)
February 8, 2012 7:30 PM #22 Michigan Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN L 46–62  3–9 (11–12)
February 11, 2012 12:00 PM at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPNU L 51–67  3–10 (11–13)
February 18, 2012 4:00 PM Illinois Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE BTN W 80–57  4–10 (12–13)
February 22, 2012 5:30 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 65–83  4–11 (12–14)
February 25, 2012 7:00 PM at #6 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 34–62  4–12 (12–15)
February 29, 2012 8:00 PM Iowa Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, NE ESPNU L 53–62  4–13 (12–16)
March 3, 2012 11:30 AM at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 69–81  4–14 (12–17)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 7:00 PM vs. Purdue Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN2 L 61–79  12–18
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Northwestern[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 4:30 PM at #2 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH BTN L 54–87  0–1 (10–3)
January 1, 2012 6:00 PM Penn State Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPNU W 68–56  1–1 (11–3)
January 4, 2012 6:00 PM Illinois Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL BTN L 56–57  1–2 (11–4)
January 11, 2012 5:30 PM at #13 Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 64–66 OT 1–3 (11–5)
January 14, 2012 2:00 PM #6 Michigan State Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL BTN W 81–74  2–3 (12–5)
January 18, 2012 8:00 PM at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 57–77  2–4 (12–6)
January 22, 2012 3:00 PM at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 52–75  2–5 (12–7)
January 28, 2012 3:00 PM Purdue Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL ESPN2 L 56–58  2–6 (12–8)
February 2, 2012 6:00 PM Nebraska Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 84–74  3–6 (13–8)
February 5, 2012 2:00 PM at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 74–70  4–6 (14–8)
February 9, 2012 8:00 PM Iowa Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL ESPNU W 83–64  5–6 (15–8)
February 12, 2012 5:00 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 77–87  5–7 (15–9)
February 15, 2012 5:30 PM at #18 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN L 66–71  5–8 (15–10)
February 18, 2012 6:00 PM Minnesota Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL BTN W 64–53  6–8 (16–10)
February 21, 2012 7:00 PM #11 Michigan Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL BTN L 55–67 OT 6–9 (16–11)
February 25, 2012 8:00 PM at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPNU W 67–66  7–9 (17–11)
February 29, 2012 7:30 PM #10 Ohio State Walsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, IL BTN L 73–75  7–10 (17–12)
March 3, 2012 1:30 PM at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 70–66  8–10 (18–12)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 4:30 PM vs. Minnesota Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN2 L 68-75 OT 18–13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Ohio State[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 5:30 PM Northwestern #2 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH BTN W 87-54  1–0 (13–1)
December 31, 2011 6:00 PM at #13 Indiana #2 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2 L 70-74  1–1 (13–2)
January 3, 2012 6:30 PM Nebraska #6 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 71-40  2–1 (14–2)
January 7, 2012 3:00 PM at Iowa #6 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 76–47  3–1 (15–2)
January 10, 2012 9:00 PM at Illinois #5 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN L 74–79  3–2 (15–3)
January 15, 2012 4:30 PM #7 Indiana #5 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS W 80–63  4–2 (16–3)
January 21, 2012 8:00 PM at Nebraska #6 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN W 79–45  5–2 (17–3)
January 25, 2012 6:30 PM Penn State #4 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 78–54  6–2 (18–3)
January 29, 2012 1:00 PM #20 Michigan #4 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS W 64–49  7–2 (19–3)
February 4, 2012 2:00 PM at #19 Wisconsin #3 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN W 58–52  8–2 (20–3)
February 7, 2012 9:00 PM Purdue #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 87–84  9–2 (21–3)
February 11, 2012 6:00 PM #11 Michigan State #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN L 48–58  9–3 (21–4)
February 14, 2012 9:00 PM at Minnesota #6 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN W 78–68  10–3 (22–4)
February 18, 2012 9:00 PM at #17 Michigan #6 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 51–56  10–4 (22–5)
February 21, 2012 7:00 PM Illinois #8 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 83–67  11–4 (23–5)
February 26, 2012 4:00 PM #16 Wisconsin #8 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS L 60–63  11–5 (23–6)
February 29, 2012 8:30 PM at Northwestern #10 Welsh–Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN W 75–73  12–5 (24–6)
March 4, 2012 4:00 PM at #5 Michigan State #10 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI CBS W 72-70  13–5 (25–6)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012 9:00 PM vs. Purdue #7 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN W 88–71  26–6
March 10, 2012 4:05 PM vs. #10 Michigan #7 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS W 77–55  27–6
March 11, 2012 3:30 PM vs. #8 Michigan State #7 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS L 64–68  27–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Penn State[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 29, 2011 7:30 PM at #18 Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 53-71  0–1 (8–6)
January 1, 2012 7:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPNU L 56-68  0–2 (8–7)
January 5, 2012 8:00 PM Purdue Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 65-45  1–2 (9–7)
January 8, 2012 12:00 PM #12 Indiana Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 82–88  1–3 (9–8)
January 11, 2012 8:30 PM at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN L 58–70  1–4 (9–9)
January 15, 2012 4:00 PM Minnesota Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 66–80  1–5 (9–10)
January 19, 2012 9:00 PM #22 Illinois Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPN2 W 54–52  2–5 (10–10)
January 22, 2012 12:00 PM at #11 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN L 54–73  2–6 (10–11)
January 25, 2012 6:30 PM at #4 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH BTN L 54–78  2–7 (10–12)
January 31, 2012 8:00 PM #19 Wisconsin Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 46–52  2–8 (10–13)
February 4, 2012 3:00 PM at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPNU L 64–77  2–9 (10–14)
February 8, 2012 6:30 PM at #11 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 57–77  2–10 (10–15)
February 11, 2012 1:00 PM Nebraska Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPNU W 67–51  3–10 (11–15)
February 16, 2012 8:00 PM Iowa Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPNU W 69–64  4–10 (12–15)
February 19, 2012 4:00 PM at #15 Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 55–65  4–11 (12–16)
February 25, 2012 9:00 PM Northwestern Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPNU L 66–67  4–12 (12–17)
February 29, 2012 6:30 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 56–80  4–13 (12–18)
March 4, 2012 1:00 PM #13 Michigan Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPN L 65–71  4–14 (12–19)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 2:00 PM vs. #15 Indiana Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN L 58–75  12–20
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Purdue[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011 9:30 PM at Iowa Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 79-76  1–0 (11–3)
December 31, 2011 4:00 PM Illinois Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 W 75-60  2–0 (12–3)
January 5, 2012 8:00 PM at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN L 45-65  2–1 (12–4)
January 8, 2012 6:00 PM at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN W 79–66  3–1 (13–4)
January 12, 2012 7:00 PM Wisconsin Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN ESPN L 62–67  3–2 (13–5)
January 17, 2012 8:00 PM Iowa Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN BTN W 75–68  4–2 (14–5)
January 21, 2012 12:00 PM at #9 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN L 58-83  4–3 (14–6)
January 24, 2012 7:00 PM #20 Michigan Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN ESPN L 64–66  4–4 (14–7)
January 28, 2012 4:00 PM at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPN2 W 58–56  5–4 (15–7)
February 4, 2012 7:00 PM #20 Indiana Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN BTN L 61–78  5–5 (15–8)
February 7, 2012 9:00 PM at #3 Ohio state Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN L 84–87  5–6 (15–9)
February 12, 2012 6:00 PM Northwestern Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN BTN W 87–77  6–6 (16–9)
February 15, 2012 8:30 PM at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 67–62  7–6 (17–9)
February 19, 2012 1:00 PM #7 Michigan State Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN CBS L 62–76  7–7 (17–10)
February 22, 2012 6:30 PM Nebraska Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN BTN W 83–65  8–7 (18–10)
February 25, 2012 6:00 PM at #11 Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 75–61  9–7 (19–10)
February 29, 2012 6:30 PM Penn State Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, IN BTN W 80–56  10–7 (20–10)
March 4, 2012 6:00 PM at #18 Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN L 74–85  10–8 (20–11)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012 8:00 PM vs. Nebraska Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN2 W 79-61  21–11
March 9, 2012 9:00 PM vs. #7 Ohio State Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
BTN L 71-88  21-12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Wisconsin[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011 8:00 PM at Nebraska #11 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPN2 W 64–40  1-0 (12–2)
December 31, 2011 12:00 PM Iowa #11 Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 65–72  1–1 (12–3)
January 3, 2012 6:00 PM #10 Michigan State #18 Kohl Center • Madison, WI ESPN2 L 60–63 OT 1–2 (12–4)
January 8, 2012 12:30 PM at #16 Michigan #18 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI CBS L 41–59  1–3 (12–5)
January 12, 2012 6:00 PM at Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 67–62  2–3 (13–5)
January 15, 2012 5:00 PM Nebraska Kohl Center • Madison, WI BTN W 50–45  3–3 (14–5)
January 18, 2012 8:00 PM Northwestern Kohl Center • Madison, WI BTN W 77–57  4–3 (15–5)
January 22, 2012 1:00 PM at #22 Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 67–63  5–3 (16–5)
January 26, 2012 8:00 PM #16 Indiana #25 Kohl Center • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 57–50  6–3 (17–5)
January 31, 2012 7:00 PM at Penn State #19 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 52–46  7–3 (18–5)
February 4, 2012 1:00 PM #3 Ohio State #19 Kohl Center • Madison, WI ESPN L 52–58  7–4 (18–6)
February 9, 2012 6:00 PM at Minnesota #21 Williams ArenaMinnapolis, MN ESPN W 68–61 OT 8–4 (19–6)
February 16, 2012 6:00 PM at #7 Michigan State #15 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN L 55–69  8–5 (19–7)
February 19, 2012 3:00 PM Penn State #15 Kohl Center • Madison, WI BTN W 65–55  9–5 (20–7)
February 23, 2012 8:00 PM at Iowa #16 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPN2 L 66–67  9–6 (20–8)
February 26, 2012 3:00 PM at #8 Ohio State #16 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH CBS W 63–60  10–6 (21–8)
February 28, 2012 7:00 PM Minnesota #14 Kohl Center • Madison, WI BTN W 52–45  11–6 (22–8)
March 4, 2012 12:00 PM Illinois #14 Kohl Center • Madison, WI BTN W 70–56  12–6 (23–8)
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012 1:30 PM vs. #15 Indiana #14 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN W 79–71  24-8
March 10, 2012 12:40 PM vs. #8 Michigan State #14 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS L 52–65  24-9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Player of the week[edit]

Players of the week

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

Week Player of the week Freshman of the week
11-14-11 Victor Oladipo,[29] IND Cody Zeller,[29] IND
Aaron White,[29] IOWA
11-21-11 Drew Crawford,[30] NU Cody Zeller (2),[30] IND
11-28-11 Tim Hardaway, Jr.,[31] MICH Trey Burke,[31] MICH
12-05-11 Meyers Leonard,[32] ILL Cody Zeller (3),[32] IND
Keith Appling,[32] MSU
12-12-11 Christian Watford,[33] IND Trey Burke (2),[33] MICH
Draymond Green,[33] MSU
12-19-11 Deshaun Thomas,[34] OSU Cody Zeller (4),[34] IND
12-26-11 Meyers Leonard (2),[35] ILL Aaron White (2),[35] IOWA
1-02-12 Trey Burke,[36] MICH Trey Burke (3),[36] MICH
Keith Appling (2),[36] MSU
1-09-12 Jared Sullinger,[37] OSU Cody Zeller (5),[37] IND
1-16-12 Brandon Paul,[38] ILL Joe Coleman,[38] IND
1-23-12 Jordan Taylor,[39]WIS Trey Burke (4),[39] MICH
1-30-12 Draymond Green (2),[40] MSU Branden Dawson,[40] MSU
Brandon Richardson,[40] NEB
2-6-12 John Shurna,[41] NU Aaron White (3),[41] IOWA
Jared Sullinger (2),[41] OSU Dave Sobolewski,[41] NU
2-13-12 Draymond Green (3),[42]MSU Cody Zeller (6),[42] IND
2-20-12 Draymond Green (4),[43]MSU Trey Burke (5),[43] MICH
2-27-12 Robbie Hummel,[44] PUR Trey Burke (6),[44] MICH
Matt Gatens,[44] IOWA
3-5-12 Jared Sullinger (3),[45]OSU Cody Zeller (7),[45] IND
Trey Burke (7),[45] MICH

On January 17, Brandon Paul was named national player of the week by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[46][47]

On February 21 Draymond Green was named national player of the week by the USBWA.[48][49]

Honors and accolades[edit]

Four players (Novak, Craft, Drew Crawford and Jared Berggren) were named Academic All-District, meaning that they were among the 40 finalists to be named to the 15-man Academic All-America Team.[50] Craft was named to the first team, Crawford to the second team and Novak to the third team, giving the Big Ten three Academic All-Americans, which was more than any other conference.[51][52]

Conference honors[edit]

Two sets of conference award winners were recognized by the Big Ten - one selected by league coaches and one selected by the media.[53][54]

Honor Coaches Media
Player of the Year Draymond Green, Michigan State Draymond Green, Michigan State
Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, Michigan State Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year Cody Zeller, Indiana Trey Burke, Michigan
Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Craft, Ohio State Not Selected
Sixth Man of the Year D. J. Byrd, Purdue Not Selected
All Big Ten First Team Draymond Green, Michigan State Draymond Green, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Tim Frazier, Penn State
All Big Ten Second Team Tim Frazier, Penn State Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Cody Zeller, Indiana Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, Ohio State William Buford, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Matt Gatens, Iowa
All Big Ten Third Team Matt Gatens, Iowa Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State Keith Appling, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Brandon Paul, Illinois Aaron Craft, Ohio State
All Big Ten Honorable Mention Aaron Craft, Ohio State Brandon Paul, Illinois
Meyers Leonard, Illinois Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana Christian Watford, Indiana
Lewis Jackson, Purdue Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Zack Novak, Michigan
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
D. J. Byrd, Purdue
All-Freshman Team Cody Zeller, Indiana Not Selected
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron White, Iowa
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
All Defensive Team Victor Oladipo, Indiana Not Selected
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

NABC[edit]

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District teams on March 14, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts were chosen. The selection on this list were then eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. The following list represented the Big Ten players chosen to the list.[55] Since the Big Ten Conference was its own district, this is equivalent to being named All-Big Ten by the NABC.[56]

USBWA[edit]

On March 6, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2011–12 Men's All-District Teams, based upon voting from its national membership. There were nine regions from coast to coast, and a player and coach of the year were selected in each. The following lists all the Big Ten representatives selected within their respective regions.[57]

National postseason honors[edit]

Sullinger and Green were first team 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans by The Sporting News, while Zeller was a member of their All-Freshman team.[58] Green and Sullinger were also first team All-American selections by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[59] On March 20, the NABC chose Green and Sullinger as a first team All-Americans.[60] Sullinger and Green were named first team Associated Press All-Americans, making them unanimous first team selections. Trey Burke, Robbie Hummel, Jordan Taylor, John Shurna, and Cody Zeller were honorable mention selections.[61] Hummel was named the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner.[62] Aaron Craft won the Elite 89 Award.[63][64] Green was named the NABC Player of the Year.[65] 41 men's basketball players in their second year or beayond earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.[66]

CBSSports.com used a modified selection process that resulted in Green being named a first team All-American, while Sullinger and Burke were second team selections. The process derided the traditional basketball All-American process of nameing the best players and was modelled on the All-Pro or NHL All-Star Team formula of choosing the best players by position.[67] Shurna was also selected to participate in the NABC 2012 Reese's Division I All-Star Game at the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament final four.[68]

Postseason[edit]

Big Ten Tournament[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG
6 11–6 .647 5 4 1 1 0
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Michigan State Automatic #1 defeated #16 Long Island 89–67
defeated #9 Saint Louis 65–61
lost to #4 Louisville 57–44
Ohio State At-large #2 defeated #15 Loyola 78–59
defeated #7 Gonzaga 73–66
defeated #6 Cincinnati 81–66
defeated #1 Syracuse 77–70
lost to #2 Kansas 64–62
Michigan At-large #4 lost to #13 Ohio 65–60
Wisconsin At-large #4 defeated #13 Montana 73–49
defeated #5 Vanderbilt 60–57
lost to #1 Syracuse 64–63
Indiana At-large #4 defeated #13 New Mexico State 79–66
defeated #12 VCU 63–61
lost to #1 Kentucky 102–90
Purdue At-large #10 defeated #7 Saint Mary's 72–69
lost to #2 Kansas 63–60

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R2 R3 SF CG
3 6–3 .667 3 1 1 1
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Northwestern At-large #4 defeated #5 Akron 76–74
lost to #1 Washington 76–55
Minnesota At-large #6 defeated #3 La Salle 70–61
defeated #2 Miami 78–60
defeated #4 Middle Tennessee 78–72
defeated #1 Washington 68–67 OT
lost to #3 Stanford 75–51
Iowa At-large #7 defeated #2 Dayton 84–75
lost to #3 Oregon 108–97

Other tournaments[edit]

The Big Ten did not have any entrants in the other post season tournaments.

2012 NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NBA Draft
The following current 1st, 2nd & 3rd team All-Big Ten performers were listed as seniors: Draymond Green, Robbie Hummel, John Shurna, Jordan Taylor, Matt Gatens, William Buford. Former All-Big Ten performer and fifth-year Trevor Mbakwe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA,[69] and he has opted to use it.[70] The deadline for entering the NBA draft is April 29, but once one has declared, the deadline for withdrawing the declaration and retaining NCAA eligibility is April 10.[71] The deadline for submitting information to the NBA Advisory Committee for a 72-hour response is April 3.[72]
The following Big Ten underclassmen have sought the advice of the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee to determine his draft prospects: Trey Burke[72]
The following Big Ten underclassmen declared early for the 2011 draft: Jared Sullinger,[73] Meyers Leonard[74]
The following Big Ten underclassmen entered their name in the draft but who did not hire agents and opted to return to college:
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 11 Meyers Leonard C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Illinois (So.)
1 21 Jared Sullinger PF United States United States Boston Celtics Ohio St. (So.)
2 35 Draymond Green PF United States United States Golden State Warriors (from Brooklyn)[a] Michigan St. (Sr.)
2 58 Robbie Hummel PF United States United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City)[b] Purdue (Sr.)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On February 23, 2011, the Golden State Warriors acquired Troy Murphy and a 2012 second-round draft pick from the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) in exchange for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric.[75]
  2. ^ On December 13, 2011, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Robert Vaden, a 2012 second-round draft pick and a future conditional second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Lazar Hayward.[76]

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