2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2012 Tournament logo
|Site||Bankers Life Fieldhouse
|Champions||Michigan State (3rd title)|
|Winning coach||Tom Izzo (3rd title)|
|MVP||Draymond Green Michigan State|
|Television||BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, and CBS|
|Post-Big Ten Conference
|2012 NIT, 2012 NCAA,
2012 CBI, 2012 CIT
|Big Ten Conference Men's
|2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|#7 Ohio State||13||–||5||.722||31||–||8||.795|
|#5 Michigan State †||13||–||5||.722||29||–||8||.784|
|† 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. 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.
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. 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|
|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|
|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: 17,936
- Session 2: 17,257
- Session 3: 18,484
- Session 4: 18,484
- Session 5: 18,451
- Session 6: 17,125
- Total: 107,737
Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
Sunday, March 11
- 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.
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