2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2012 Big Ten Conference Men's
Basketball Tournament
2012 Tournament logo
2012 Tournament logo
Classification Division I
Season 2011–12
Teams 12
Site Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
Champions Michigan State (3rd title)
Winning coach Tom Izzo (3rd title)
MVP Draymond Green Michigan State
Attendance 107,737
Television BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, and CBS
Post-Big Ten Conference
tournament(s)
2012 NIT, 2012 NCAA,
2012 CBI, 2012 CIT
Big Ten Conference Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2011  2013»
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 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held from March 8 through March 11 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] This tournament marked the debut of the University of Nebraska in this event. All 11 games were aired nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports. The Big Ten Network carried the first two games on Thursday, and ESPN2 aired the final two games of the evening. On Friday, ESPN broadcast the first two quarterfinal games, while the Big Ten Network aired the remaining two contests. CBS Sports televised the semifinal and championship games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The tournament was won by Michigan State for the first time since the 1999–2000 season. With the win, the Spartans received the Big Ten Conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and a No. 1 seed.

The All-Tournament Team was selected at the conclusion of the championship game. Draymond Green of Michigan State was named to the team and recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. The rest of the All-Tournament Team was rounded out by his teammate Brandon Wood; Pre-season Big Ten Player of the Year Jared Sullinger and teammate Deshaun Thomas, of Ohio State; and Andre Hollins of Minnesota.[2]

Seeds[edit]

All 12 Big Ten schools participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded by 2011–12 Big Ten Conference season record. A new tie-breaking procedure was announced for the 2012 tournament for teams with identical conference records.[3] The top 4 teams received a first-round bye. Like the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten Tournament does not re-seed the teams after each round, so the initial seedings determine the tournament path for each team (thus, Michigan State played No. 8 Iowa in the Quarterfinals, as the winner of the 8/9 game, even though No. 10 Minnesota was the lowest-seeded team to advance to the Quarterfinals).

The seeding for the tournament was determined at the close of the regular conference season:

Seed School Conf Tiebreak 1 Tiebreak 2 Tiebreak 3 Tiebreak 4
1 Michigan St. 13–5 2–2 vs. Mich/OSU 2–0 vs. Wis 1–1 vs. Ind 2–0 vs. Pur
2 Michigan 13–5 2–2 vs. MSU/OSU 1–0 vs. Wis 1–1 vs. Ind 1–1 vs. Pur
3 Ohio St. 13–5 2–2 vs. MSU/Mich 1–1 vs. Wis
4 Wisconsin 12–6
5 Indiana 11–7
6 Purdue 10–8
7 Northwestern 8–10 2–0 vs. Iowa
8 Iowa 8–10 0–2 vs. NW
9 Illinois 6–12 1–1 vs. Minn 2–3 vs. MSU/Mich/OSU
10 Minnesota 6–12 1–1 vs. Ill 0–4 vs. MSU/Mich/OSU
11 Nebraska 4–14 1–1 vs. PSU 0–5 vs. MSU/Mich/OSU 0–2 vs. Wis 1–0 vs. Ind
12 Penn St. 4–14 1–1 vs. Neb 0–4 vs. MSU/Mich/OSU 0–2 vs. Wis 0–2 vs. Ind

Schedule[edit]

Source[4]

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Score
First round - Thursday, March 8
1 1 11:30am #8 Iowa vs. #9 Illinois BTN 64–61
2 2:00pm #5 Indiana vs. #12 Penn State BTN 75–58
2 3 5:30pm #7 Northwestern vs. #10 Minnesota ESPN2 75–68 OT
4 8:00pm #6 Purdue vs. #11 Nebraska ESPN2 79–61
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 9
3 5 12:00pm #1 Michigan State vs. #8 Iowa ESPN 92–75
6 2:30pm #4 Wisconsin vs. #5 Indiana ESPN 79–71
4 7 6:30pm #2 Michigan vs. #10 Minnesota BTN 73–69 OT
8 9:00pm #3 Ohio State vs. #6 Purdue BTN 88–71
Semifinals - Saturday, March 10
5 9 1:40pm #1 Michigan State vs. #4 Wisconsin CBS 65–52
10 4:05pm #2 Michigan vs. #3 Ohio State CBS 77–55
Championship - Sunday, March 11
6 11 3:30pm #1 Michigan State vs. #3 Ohio State CBS 68–64
*Game times in Eastern Time. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Attendance figures were as follows:

  • Session 1:[5] 17,936
  • Session 2:[5] 17,257
  • Session 3:[6] 18,484
  • Session 4:[7] 18,484
  • Session 5:[8] 18,451
  • Session 6:[9] 17,125
  • Total:[9] 107,737

Bracket[edit]

  First round
Thursday, March 8
ESPN2/BTN
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 9
ESPN/BTN
Semifinals
Saturday, March 10
CBS
Championship
Sunday, March 11
CBS
                                     
        
  1  Michigan State 92  
    8  Iowa 75  
8  Iowa 64
9  Illinois 61  
  1  Michigan State 65  
  4  Wisconsin 52  
        
        
  4  Wisconsin 79
    5  Indiana 71  
5  Indiana 75
12  Penn State 58  
  1  Michigan State 68
  3  Ohio State 64
        
        
  2  Michigan 73OT
    10  Minnesota 69  
7  Northwestern 68
10  Minnesota 75OT  
  2  Michigan 55
  3  Ohio State 77  
        
        
  3  Ohio State 88
    6  Purdue 71  
6  Purdue 79
11  Nebraska 61  

Tournament notes[edit]

  • For the third year in-a-row, the 1 seed won the Big Ten Tournament, but this would be the last time for years to come.
  • There were only 2 upsets in this tournament, the biggest being 10 seed, Minnesota, over 7 seed, Northwestern.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten 2011-2012 Championship/Tournament Schedule". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Michigan State-Ohio State Postgame Notes". Big Ten Conference. March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Tiebreaking Procedures". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Friday Evening Session of Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Now Sold Out: Tickets remain for Sunday's championship game; Saturday's semifinals previously sold out". Big Ten Conference. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hutchens, Terry; Cavin, Curt (March 10, 2012). "Big Ten Tournament 2012 notebook: Torn ACL ends Jones' IU career". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ohio State-Purdue Game Notes". Big Ten Conference. March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ohio State-Michigan Postgame Notes". Big Ten Conference. March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "A New Tourney Attendance Record". Big Ten Conference. March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.