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)
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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 men's basketball tournament for the Big Ten Conference and was played from March 5 through March 8, 1998 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The championship was won by Michigan who defeated Purdue in the championship game.[1] As a result, Michigan received the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Due to the Michigan basketball scandal, Michigan has vacated the records from this tournament.[2] Similarly, due to the Minnesota academic scandal, Minnesota's appearance in this tournament was vacated.[3]

Seeds[edit]

All 11 Big Ten schools participated 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:[4]

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big10/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/bttrecords.pdf
  3. ^ "Minnesota Stripped Of Conference Championship". CBS. Associated Press. November 11, 2000. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball – All-Time Results". Big Ten. Retrieved February 28, 2014.