1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
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Classification Division I
Season 1997–98
Teams 11
Site United Center
Chicago, Illinois
Champions Michigan (Vacated) (1st title)
Winning coach Brian Ellerbe (1st title)
MVP Robert Traylor (Michigan)
← 1997
1999 →
1997–98 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 16 Michigan State 13 3   .813     22 8   .733
No. 22 Illinois 13 3   .813     23 10   .697
No. 11 Purdue 12 4   .750     28 8   .778
Iowa 9 7   .563     20 11   .645
Indiana 9 7   .563     20 12   .625
Penn State 8 8   .500     19 13   .594
Minnesota** 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Northwestern 3 13   .188     10 17   .370
Wisconsin 3 13   .188     12 19   .387
Ohio State 1 15   .063     8 22   .267
No. 12 Michigan* † 0 5   .000     0 8   .000
1998 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Michigan: 24 reg. season games inc. Big Ten Tourn. Champ.; 2 NCAA Tourn. games vacated due to sanctions against the program
**Minnesota: 5 NIT games vacated inc. NIT champ. vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed records: Michigan 25–9, 11–5; Minnesota 20–15, 6–10


The 1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the inaugural postseason tournament for the Big Ten Conference and was played from March 5 to March 8, 1998. The tournament was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and won by Michigan as they defeated Purdue in the championship game.[1] As winner of the tournament, Michigan received the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Due to NCAA sanctions, Michigan has vacated the records from this tournament. Similarly, Minnesota's appearance in this tournament was vacated.

Seeding[edit]

All Big Ten schools played in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records. Seeding for the tournament was determined at the close of the regular conference season. The top five teams received a first round bye.

Seed School Conference 1st Tiebreaker 2nd Tiebreaker
1 Michigan State 13–3 1–1 vs. Ill. 1–1 vs. Pur
2 Illinois 13–3 1–1 vs. MSU 0–2 vs. Pur
3 Purdue 12–4
4 Michigan 11–5
5 Iowa 9–7 2–0 vs. Ind
6 Indiana 9–7 0–2 vs. Iowa
7 Penn State 8–8
8 Minnesota 6–10
9 Northwestern 3–13 1–1 vs. Wisc 0–1 vs. MSU
10 Wisconsin 3–13 1–1 vs. NW 0–2 vs. MSU
11 Ohio State 1–15

Bracket[edit]

  Opening round
March 5
Quarterfinals
March 6
Semifinals
March 7
Championship
March 8
                                     
        
  1  Michigan State 73  
    8  Minnesota 76  
8  Minnesota 64
9  Northwestern 56  
  8  Minnesota 69  
  4  Michigan 85  
        
        
  4  Michigan 77
    5  Iowa 66  
      
        
  4  Michigan 76
  3  Purdue 67
        
        
  2  Illinois 66
    10  Wisconsin 61  
7  Penn State 51
10  Wisconsin 52  
  2  Illinois 47
  3  Purdue 68  
        
        
  3  Purdue 76
    6  Indiana 71  
6  Indiana 78
11  Ohio State 71  

Source:[2]

Honors[edit]

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Robert Traylor, Michigan – Most Outstanding Player (Vacated)
Jerod Ward, Michigan
Quincy Lewis, Minnesota
Brad Miller, Purdue
Mike Robinson, Purdue

References[edit]

  1. ^ NORWOOD, ROBYN (1998-03-09). "Michigan Plows Through Purdue to Championship". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball – All-Time Results". Big Ten. Retrieved February 28, 2014.