2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
|2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season|
|League||NCAA Division I|
through March 2008
|Number of teams||11|
|TV partner(s)||Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS|
|2008 NBA Draft|
|Top draft pick||Eric Gordon|
|Picked by||Los Angeles Clippers, 7th overall|
|2007–08 NCAA Division I season|
|Season MVP||D.J. White - IU|
|Top scorer||Eric Gordon - IU|
|Finals MVP||Marcus Landry - WIS|
|2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|No. 6 Wisconsin†||16||–||2||.889||31||–||5||.861|
|No. 20 Purdue||15||–||3||.833||25||–||9||.735|
|No. 18 Michigan State||12||–||6||.667||27||–||9||.750|
|† 2008 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll
The 2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October, 2007 followed by the the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. The conference season began in January, 2008 and concluded in March. The season marked the 103rd season of Big Ten play.
The Big Ten Tournament was held from March 13–16, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin won the tournament championship by defeating surprise championship participant No. 10-seeded Illinois. As a result of the win, Wisconsin received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Four Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan State) were invited to the NCAA Tournament. Two teams, Wisconsin and Michigan State, advance to the Sweet Sixteen, both losing in that round. Ohio State and Minnesota received bids to the National Invitation Tournament with Ohio State winning the tournament.
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 All-Big Ten Conference honors and awards
- 4 Postseason
- 5 References
All-Big Ten players
The following players were chosen as preseason All-Big Ten by the media.
- Shaun Pruitt, ILL, SR, C
- D.J. White, IND, SR, F
- Drew Neitzel, MSU, SR, G (Player of the Year)
- Jamar Butler, OSU, SR, G
- Geary Claxton, PSU, SR, G/F
The following teams were selected as the top teams in the conference by the media.
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
|Date||Time||ACC team||B1G team||Score||Location||Television||Attendance||Challenge
|Nov 26||7:00 pm||Wake Forest||Iowa||56–47||Carver–Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, Iowa||ESPN2||9,120||ACC (1–0)|
|Nov 27||7:00 pm||Georgia Tech||No. 15 Indiana||83–79||Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Indiana||ESPN||17,230||Tied (1–1)|
|7:30 pm||Florida State||Minnesota||75–61||Donald L. Tucker Center • Tallahassee, Florida||ESPN2||9,349||ACC (2–1)|
|8:00 pm||Virginia||Northwestern||94–52||John Paul Jones Arena • Charlottesville, Virginia||ESPNU||ACC (3–1)|
|9:00 pm||No. 7 Duke||No. 20 Wisconsin||82–58||Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, North Carolina||ESPN||9,314||ACC (4–1)|
|9:30 pm||No. 18 Clemson||Purdue||61–58||Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, South Carolina||ESPN2||7,350||ACC (5–1)|
|Nov 28||7:00 pm||NC State||No. 10 Michigan State||81–58||Breslin Center • East Lansing, Michigan||ESPN||14,759||ACC (5–2)|
|7:30 pm||Maryland||Illinois||69–61||Comcast Center • College Park, Maryland||ESPN2||17,950||ACC (6–2)|
|8:00 pm||Boston College||Michigan||77–64||Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, Michigan||ESPNU||8,716||ACC (7–2)|
|9:00 pm||No. 1 North Carolina||Ohio State||66–55||Value City Arena • Columbus, Ohio||ESPN||ACC (8–2)|
|9:30 pm||Virginia Tech||Penn State||66–61||Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, Pennsylvania||ESPN2||ACC (8–3)|
|WINNERS ARE IN BOLD.
Game Times in EST. Rankings from AP Poll (Nov. 26).
Miami did not play due to the ACC having one more team than the B1G.
|Team||B10 Conference||B10 %||B10 Home||B10 Road||All Games||All Games %||All Home||All Road||All Neutral|
|Eric Gordon||IND||20.9||D. J. White||IND||10.3||Jamar Butler||OSU||5.9||Chris Kramer||PUR||2.3|
|D. J. White||IND||17.4||Goran Suton||MSU||8.2||Travis Walton||MSU||4.3||Al Nolen||MINN||1.9|
|Manny Harris||MICH||16.1||Shaun Pruitt||ILL||7.3||Michael Thompson||NU||4.3||Craig Moore||NU||1.8|
|Jamar Butler||OSU||15.0||Jamarcus Ellis||IND||7.0||Drew Neitzel||MSU||4.0||Trevon Hughes||WIS||1.8|
|Kosta Koufos||OSU||14.4||Kosta Koufos||OSU||6.7||Kalin Lucas||MSU||3.8||Damian Johnson||MINN||1.7|
|Ekpe Udoh||MICH||2.9||D. J. White||IND||60.5||Armon Bassett||IND||45.4||Jamar Butler||OSU||94.3|
|Kosta Koufos||OSU||1.8||Othello Hunter||OSU||59.6||Robbie Hummel||PUR||44.7||Jason Bohannon||WIS||86.7|
|Drew Naymick||MSU||1.7||Shaun Pruitt||ILL||57.2||Keaton Grant||PUR||44.0||Robbie Hummel||PUR||86.5|
|D. J. White||IND||1.6||Raymar Morgan||MSU||55.8||E'Twaun Moore||PUR||43.4||Drew Neitzel||MSU||86.0|
|Othello Hunter||OSU||1.5||Goran Suton||MSU||55.1||Michael Thompson||NU||43.3||Keaton Grant||PUR||85.1|
Players of the week
Throughout the conference regular season, the Big Ten offices name a player of the week each Monday.
|Week||Player of the week|
|November 12, 2007||DeShawn Sims, MICH|
|November 19, 2007||Eric Gordon, IND|
|Raymar Morgan, MSU|
|November 26, 2007||Kosta Koufos, OSU|
|December 3, 2007||D. J. White, IND|
|December 10, 2007||D. J. White, IND|
|December 17, 2007||Geary Claxton, PSU|
|December 24, 07||Shaun Pruitt, ILL|
|Dan Coleman, MINN|
|December 31, 2007||Brian Butch, WIS|
|January 7, 2008||Raymar Morgan, MSU|
|Geary Claxton, PSU|
|January 14, 2008||D. J. White, IND|
|January 21, 2008||Keaton Grant, PUR|
|January 28, 2008||Drew Neitzel, MSU|
|February 4, 2008||D. J. White, IND|
|E'Twaun Moore, PUR|
|February 11, 2008||Robbie Hummel, PUR|
|February 18, 2008||Manny Harris, MICH|
|February 25, 2008||Cyrus Tate, IA|
|March 3, 2008||Goran Suton, MSU|
|March 10, 2008||Jamar Butler, OSU|
All-Big Ten Conference honors and awards
Two sets of conference award winners are recognized by the Big Ten – one selected by league coaches and one selected by the media.
Big Ten Tournament
Main article: 2008 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|Wisconsin||Automatic||3||Won First Round vs. No. 14 Cal St. Fullerton 71–56
Won Second Round vs. No. 11 Kansas State 72–55
Lost Sweet 16 vs. #10 Davidson 73–56
|Michigan State||At-large||5||Won First Round vs. #12 Temple 72–61
Won Second Round vs. #4 Pittsburgh 65–54
Lost Sweet 16 vs. #1 Memphis 92–74
|Purdue||At-large||6||Won First Round vs. #11 Baylor 90–79
Lost Second Round vs. #3 Xavier 85–78
|Indiana||At-large||8||Lost First Round vs. #9 Arkansas 86–72|
|Ohio State||At-large||1||Won First Round vs. #8 UNC Asheville 84–66
Won Second Round vs. #4 California 73–56
Won Quarterfinals vs. #3 Dayton 74–63
Won NIT Semifinals vs. #2 Mississippi 81–69
Won NIT Final vs. #2 Massachusetts 92–85
|Minnesota||At-large||4||Lost First Round vs. #5 Maryland 68–58|
2008 NBA Draft
The following Big Ten players were selected in the 2008 NBA Draft:
|1||7||Gordon, EricEric Gordon||SG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Indiana (Fr.)|
|1||23||Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos||C||Greece||Utah Jazz||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||29||White, D.J.D.J. White||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons (traded to Seattle)||Indiana (Sr.)|
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- "Indiana's White Named Big Ten Player of the Year by Coaches and Media". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
- "Big Ten names White Player of the Year, Painter Coach of the Year". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
- "Michigan State Named Men's Basketball Preseason Favorite by the Media: Spartans' Neitzel earns Preseason Player of the Year accolades". CBS Interactive. October 28, 2007. Retrieved Mar 6, 2009.
- "Big Ten 2007–08 men's basketball Final Release" (PDF). Big Ten. April 17, 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved Feb 3, 2009.
- "Indiana's White Named Big Ten Player of the Year by Coaches and Media: Purdue's Painter claims Coach of the Year accolades, Boilermakers' Kramer nabs Defensive Player of the Year honors, Hoosier Gordon earns Freshman of the Year laurels, and Wisconsin's Bohannon collects Sixth Man of the Year honor". CBS Interactive. March 10, 2008. Retrieved Mar 6, 2009.
- "Tournament Bracket". Big Ten CSTV. March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008.