Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
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2012 Tournament logo
Sport College basketball
Conference Big Ten Conference
Number of teams 14
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Current location Indianapolis, Indiana
Played 1998–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Michigan State
Most championships Michigan State, Ohio State (4)[note 1]
TV partner(s) BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, and CBS
Official website BigTen.CSTV.com Men's Basketball
Host stadiums
United Center
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Host locations
Chicago, IL
Indianapolis, IN

The Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament is held annually at the end of the men's college basketball regular season. The tournament has been played each year since 1998. The winner of the tournament is designated the Big Ten Tournament Champion, and receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Big Ten was one of the last NCAA Division I college basketball conferences to start a tournament. The finals of the tournament are typically held immediately before the field for the NCAA tournament is announced.

The tournaments have been held at neutral sites. The first tournaments were held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning in 2002, the tournament alternated between the United Center and the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2008, the tournament began a five-year residence in Indianapolis.[1] On June 5, 2011, the Big Ten announced that the tournament will revert to an alternating between Indianapolis and Chicago. The 2013 and 2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournaments will be played at the United Center in Chicago and the 2014 and 2016 tournaments will be played in Indianapolis.[2]

On four occasions, the champion of the tournament has gone on to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (Michigan State in 1999 and 2000, Illinois in 2005, Ohio State in 2007). In 2000, champion Michigan State won the NCAA Tournament.

Vacated results[edit]

Due to various rulings against participating programs, some of the results of the Big Ten Tournament have been vacated or voided. Here is a compiled list of sanctions imposed that have affected the results and records of the tournament since its inception. The information in this article does not include results of the teams in which records were vacated.

  • Because of the Minnesota academic scandal, the NCAA has vacated the postseason tournament records for the Minnesota basketball team from the 1993–94 season through the 1998–99 season.[3] Minnesota had a record of 2–1 in the 1998 tournament and went 0–1 in 1999.
  • Because of the Ed Martin scandal, the NCAA vacated the records for the Michigan basketball team from the 1995–96 season through the 1998–99 season, including the 1998 and 1999 Big Ten Tournaments.[4] Michigan had won the tournament championship in 1998 with a 3–0 record, and had a record of 1–1 in 1999.
  • The NCAA has vacated the NCAA tournament records for the Ohio State basketball team from the 1998–99 season through the 2001–02 season.[5] Ohio State had a record of 1–1 in the 1999 tournament, went 0–1 in 2000 and 2001, and had won the championship in 2002.

Results and records[edit]

Results by year[edit]

Year Champion Seed Score Runner-up Seed Most Valuable Player Site
1998 Michigan [note 2] 4 76–67 Purdue 3 Robert Traylor, Michigan [note 2] United Center, Chicago, Illinois
1999 Michigan State 1 67–50 Illinois 11 Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State United Center
2000 Michigan State 2 76–61 Illinois 4 Morris Peterson, Michigan State United Center
2001 Iowa 6 63–61 Indiana 4 Reggie Evans, Iowa United Center
2002 Ohio State [note 1] 2 81–64 Iowa 9 Boban Savovic, Ohio State [note 1] Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2003 Illinois 2 72–59 Ohio State 8 Brian Cook, Illinois United Center
2004 Wisconsin 2 70–53 Illinois 1 Devin Harris, Wisconsin Conseco Fieldhouse
2005 Illinois 1 54–43 Wisconsin 2 James Augustine, Illinois United Center
2006 Iowa 2 67–60 Ohio State 1 Jeff Horner, Iowa Conseco Fieldhouse
2007 Ohio State 1 66–49 Wisconsin 2 Mike Conley Jr., Ohio State United Center
2008 Wisconsin 1 61–48 Illinois 10 Marcus Landry, Wisconsin Conseco Fieldhouse
2009 Purdue 3 65–61 Ohio State 5 Robbie Hummel, Purdue Conseco Fieldhouse
2010 Ohio State 1 90–61 Minnesota 6 Evan Turner, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse
2011 Ohio State 1 71–60 Penn State 6 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse
2012 Michigan State 1 68–64 Ohio State 3 Draymond Green, Michigan State Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2013 Ohio State 2 50–43 Wisconsin 4 Aaron Craft, Ohio State United Center
2014 Michigan State 3 69–55 Michigan 1 Branden Dawson, Michigan State Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2015 United Center
2016 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2017 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
2018 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Most championships[edit]

4 – Michigan St. (1999, 2000, 2012, 2014), Ohio St. (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Most consecutive championships[edit]

2 – Michigan St. (1999, 2000), Ohio St. (2010, 2011)

Records all-time by team[edit]

As of March 16, 2014[4]
School Record Winning pct Championships Runners-up
Ohio State 24–10[note 1] .706 4 4
Michigan State 22–13 .629 4 0
Illinois 25–15 .625 2 4
Wisconsin 18–15 .545 2 3
Iowa 15–15 .500 2 1
Minnesota 12–15[note 3] .444 0 1
Michigan 11–15[note 2] .423 0 1
Indiana 10–17 .370 0 1
Purdue 9–16 .360 1 1
Penn State 9–17 .346 0 1
Northwestern 7–17 .292 0 0
Nebraska 1–3 .250 0 0
Maryland 0–0 .000 0 0
Rutgers 0–0 .000 0 0

Records all-time by seed[edit]

As of March 16, 2014[4]
Seed Record Winning pct
1 30–10 .750
2 22–10[note 1] .688
3 15–14[note 1] .517
4 11–16[note 2] .407
5 12–17 .414
6 27–15[note 3] .643
7 11–17 .393
8 14–16[note 3] .467
9 7–17 .292
10 10–16[note 2] .385
11 4–17 .190
12 0–3 .000
13 0–0 .000
14 0–0 .000

Note: the 1 seed has gone on to win this tournament 7 of 17 times (41.2% of the time).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Due to NCAA sanctions, Ohio State has vacated the records of 34 games in 1998-99, 16 games in ‘99-00 and the entire ‘00-01 and ‘01-02 seasons. See above section Vacated results
  2. ^ a b c d e Due to NCAA sanctions, Michigan has vacated the records from the 1992 Final Four, the 1992-93, ‘95-96, ‘96-97, ‘97-98, and ‘98-99 seasons. See above section Vacated results
  3. ^ a b c Due to NCAA sanctions, Minnesota has vacated the records from the 1993-94, '94-95, '95-96, '96-97, '97-98, and '98-99 seasons. See above section Vacated results

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