2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

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2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
Big Ten Conference logo (2012).svg
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration December 27, 2011
– March 4, 2012
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS
2012 NBA Draft
Top draft pick Meyers Leonard
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 NCAA Division I season
Regular season tri-champions Michigan (13–5)
Michigan State (13–5)
Ohio State (13–5)
Runners-Up Wisconsin (12–6)
Season MVP Draymond Green
Tournament
Champions Michigan State
  Runners-up Ohio State
Finals MVP Draymond Green
Basketball seasons
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
#5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
#14 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
#16 Indiana 11 7   .611     27 9   .750
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 13   .629
Northwestern 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Iowa 8 10   .444     18 17   .514
Minnesota 6 12   .333     23 15   .605
Illinois 6 12   .333     17 15   .531
Nebraska 4 14   .222     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
2012 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season marks the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive basketball among Big Ten Conference members that began in 1904. The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season marks the first season of participation of the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball team in Big Ten competition. With the addition of Nebraska all teams will play seven other teams twice and four teams once during the conference schedule, which continues to be 18 games.[1] The season commenced on October 14 when Michigan State and Minnesota celebrated Midnight Madness and three more conference schools hosted events on the 15th.[2] For the fifth consecutive season, all conference games were broadcast nationally with 8 aired by CBS Sports, 36 carried by the ESPN Inc. family of networks including ESPN and ESPN2, while 64 games were carried by the Big Ten Network.[3][4] The conference led the nation in attendance for the 36th consecutive season.[5]

The conference lost five players to the 2011 NBA Draft (JaJuan Johnson (27th overall), Jon Leuer (40th), Darius Morris (41st), Jon Diebler (51st) and E'Twaun Moore (55th)),[6] but the conference returns Jared Sullinger who was named 2011 USBWA National Freshman of the Year.[7][8] The conference had 3 2011 Consensus All-Americans (Sullinger and Johnson both first team and second team selection Jordan Taylor). Taylor returned for his senior season along with Sullinger. Sullinger repeated as a 2012 Consensus All-American and was joined by Draymond Green, who was named the NABC Player of the Year. The conference had three 2012 Academic All-Americans as well as both the Elite 89 Award (Aaron Craft) and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Robbie Hummel) winners.

The regular season ended with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State tied for the league championship. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis hosted the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament played Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11.[9] Green was both the regular season and tournament MVP. The conference had an 11–6 record in the 68-team 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with 6 entrants, 4 sweet 16 competitors and Ohio State reaching the final four. The conference had a 6–3 record in the 32-team 2012 National Invitation Tournament, with 3 entrants and Minnesota losing in the championship game.

Preseason[edit]

Three teams were ranked in the preseason USA Today/ESPN poll: Ohio State (#3), Wisconsin (#14) and Michigan (#18), while Michigan State and Purdue were also receiving votes.[10] The Big Ten Basketball Media Day for men's and women's basketball was October 27 in Chicago.[11] The men's basketball media day was covered by ESPNU.[12]

Jared Sullinger was named preseason conference player of the year at the conference media day. Other preseason All-Big Ten first team selections were Draymond Green, Trevor Mbakwe, Robbie Hummel, and Jordan Taylor. Ohio State was chosen as the top team, followed by Wisconsin and Michigan State.[13] Sullinger and Taylor were also both preseason Associated Press All-Americans.[1] 5 of the 30 nominees for the men's basketball Lowe's Senior CLASS Award were from the Big Ten: Michigan's Zack Novak, Michigan State's Green, Ohio State's William Buford, Purdue's Hummel and Wisconsin's Taylor.[1]

Preseason watchlists[edit]

Wooden[1] Naismith[1]
Tim Hardaway, Jr. UM Green tickY Green tickY
Draymond Green MSU Green tickY Green tickY
Trevor Mbakwe MIN Green tickY
John Shurna NU Green tickY Green tickY
William Buford OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Aaron Craft OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Jared Sullinger OSU Green tickY Green tickY
Robbie Hummel PUR Green tickY Green tickY
Jordan Taylor WIS Green tickY Green tickY

Midseason award lists[edit]

Trey Burke, Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier, Lewis Jackson and Jordan Taylor are five of the nearly 60 Bob Cousy Award candidates named in December.[14] On January 4, Burke, Craft, and Taylor were included on the list of 20 finalists.[15] On February 2, the finalist list was shortened to 11, including Taylor and Craft.[16] William Buford, Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, and Cody Zeller were included on the 25-man Wooden Midseason list on January 17.[17] Novak, Green, Buford and Hummel were among the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on January 25.[18] On February 6, Green, Sullinger and Zeller were included on the 20-player Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list.[19] On February 15, Zeller was named one of five finalists for the USBWA National Freshman of the Year won the previous year by Sullinger.[20] On March 1, Zeller, Green, Sullinger and Taylor were named to the 30-player midseason Naismith Award watchlist.[21] On March 6, Green and Sullinger were named to the 15-man Wooden Award finalist list.[22] On March 19, Green became one of four finalists for the Naismith Award.[23] Sullinger and Green were among the 10 finalists for the Wooden Award, a designation termed as Wooden All-American.[24]

Rankings[edit]

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Preconference schedules[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Big Ten teams emerged victorious in the following tournaments: [25][26]

Name Dates No. teams Champion
Charleston Classic November 17, 2011 – November 20, 2011
8
Northwestern
Cancún Challenge November 22, 2011 – November 23, 2011
8
Illinois
Chicago Invitational Challenge November 13, 2011 – November 26, 2011
4*
Wisconsin

*Although these tournaments include more teams, only the number listed play for the championship.

ACC–Big Ten Challenge[edit]

Date Time ACC Team Big Ten Team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Leader
Tue., Nov. 29 7:00pm Virginia #15 Michigan John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ESPN2
10,564
Virginia (70-58)
ACC (1-0)
7:15pm Georgia Tech Northwestern Philips ArenaAtlanta, GA ESPNU
5,619
Northwestern (76-60)
Tied (1-1)
7:30pm Maryland Illinois Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ESPN
13,187
Illinois (71-62)
Big Ten (2-1)
9:00pm Miami Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2
13,927
Purdue (76-65)
Big Ten (3-1)
9:15pm Clemson Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPNU
10,449
Clemson (71-55)
Big Ten (3-2)
9:30pm #4 Duke #2 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN
18,809
Ohio State (85-63)
Big Ten (4-2)
Wed., Nov. 30 7:15pm NC State Indiana RBC CenterRaleigh, NC ESPN2
16,597
Indiana (86-75)
Big Ten (5-2)
7:15pm Boston College Penn State Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU
4,326
Penn State (62-54)
Big Ten (6-2)
7:30pm Florida State Michigan State Breslin Student Events CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN
14,797
Michigan State (65-49)
Big Ten (7-2)
9:15pm Virginia Tech Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN2
10,487
Minnesota (58-55)
Big Ten (8-2)
9:15pm Wake Forest Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE ESPNU
9,769
Wake Forest (55-53)
Big Ten (8-3)
9:30pm #5 North Carolina #7 Wisconsin Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN
21,750
North Carolina (60-57)
Big Ten (8-4)
Nebraska made its inaugural appearance in the event

Conference schedules[edit]

For the full season, the Big Ten led the nation in attendance.[27][28] Conference play officially began on Tuesday, December 27 when Illinois hosted Minnesota and Nebraska hosted its first conference game against 11th-ranked Wisconsin.[14]

Composite Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. (x) indicates games remaining this season.

  Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Michigan St Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Ohio State Penn State Purdue Wisconsin
vs. Illinois 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0
vs. Indiana 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0
vs. Iowa 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–2
vs. Michigan 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
vs. Michigan St 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2
vs. Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0
vs. Nebraska 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
vs. Northwestern 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0
vs. Ohio State 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1
vs. Penn State 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
vs. Purdue 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
vs. Wisconsin 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1
Total 6–12 11–7 8–10 13–5 13–5 6–12 4–14 8–10 13–5 4–14 10–8 12–6

Illinois[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011
6:30 PM, BTN
Minnesota W 81–72 2OT 1–0 (12–2)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
December 31, 2011
3:00 PM, ESPN2
at Purdue L 75–60  1–1 (12–3)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 4, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at Northwestern W 57–56  2–1 (13–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 7, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
Nebraska W 59–54  3–1 (14–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 10, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 Ohio State W 79–74  4–1 (15–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 19, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 22 at Penn State L 52–54  4–2 (15–4)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 22, 2012
1:00 PM, BTN
No. 22 Wisconsin L 63–67  4–3 (15–5)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 28, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at Minnesota L 72–77 OT 4–4 (15–6)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 31, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 Michigan State W 42–41  5–4 (16–6)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 5, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern L 70–74  5–5 (16–7)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 9, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at No. 23 Indiana L 71–84  5–6 (16–8)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 12, 2012
12:00 PM, CBS
at No. 22 Michigan L 61–70  5–7 (16–9)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 15, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
Purdue L 62–67  5–8 (16–10)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 18, 2012
4:00 PM, BTN
at Nebraska L 57–80  5–9 (16–11)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 21, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 8 Ohio State L 67–83  5–10 (16–12)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 26, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
Iowa W 65–54  6–10 (17–12)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
March 1, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 Michigan L 61–72  6–11 (17–13)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
March 4, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
at No. 14 Wisconsin L 56–70  6–12 (17–14)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
10:30 AM, BTN
vs. Iowa
Big Ten Tournament
L 61–64  17–15
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Indiana[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 13 at No. 16 Michigan State L 80–65  0–1 (12–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
December 31, 2011
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 No. 2 Ohio State W 74–70  1–1 (13–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 5, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 12 No. 16 Michigan W 73–71  2–1 (14–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 8, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 12 at Penn State W 88–82  3–1 (15–1)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 12, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 7 Minnesota L 74–77  3–2 (15–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 15, 2012
4:30 PM, CBS
No. 7 at No. 5 Ohio State L 63–80  3–3 (15–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 18, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 at Nebraska L 69–70  3–4 (15–4)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 22, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 Penn State W 73–54  4–4 (16–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 26, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 at No. 25 Wisconsin L 50–57  4–5 (16–5)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 29, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
No. 16 Iowa W 103–89  5–5 (17–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 1, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 20 at No. 23 Michigan L 56–68  5–6 (17–6)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 4, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 20 at Purdue W 78–61  6–6 (18–6)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 9, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 23 Illinois W 84–71  7–6 (19–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 15, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 18 Northwestern W 71–66  8–6 (20–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 19, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
No. 18 at Iowa L 66–78  8–7 (20–7)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 26, 2012
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 23 at Minnesota W 69–50  9–7 (22–7)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 28, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 18 No. 5 Michigan State W 70–55  10–7 (23–7)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
March 4, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
No. 18 Purdue W 85–74  11–7 (24–7)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
No. 15 vs. Penn State
Big Ten Tournament
W 75–58  25–7
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 9, 2012
2:30 PM, ESPN
No. 15 vs. No. 14 Wisconsin
Big Ten Tournament
L 71–79  25–8
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Iowa[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
8:30 PM, BTN
Purdue L 76–79  0–1 (8–6)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
December 31, 2011
12:00 PM, BTN
at No. 11 Wisconsin W 72–65  1–1 (9–6)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 4, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
at Minnesota W 64–62  2–1 (10–6)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 7, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 Ohio State L 47–76  2–2 (10–7)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
January 10, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at No. 6 Michigan State L 61–95  2–3 (10–8)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 14, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 13 Michigan W 75–59  3–3 (11–8)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
January 17, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at Purdue L 68–75  3–4 (11–9)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 26, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPNU
Nebraska L 73–79  3–5 (11–10)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
January 29, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
at No. 16 Indiana L 89–103  3–6 (11–11)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 1, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
Minnesota W 63–59  4–6 (12–11)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 4, 2012
2:00 PM, ESPNU
Penn State W 77–64  5–6 (13–11)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 9, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at Northwestern L 64–83  5–7 (13–12)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 16, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Penn State L 64–69  5–8 (13–13)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 19, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
No. 18 Indiana W 78–66  6–8 (14–13)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 23, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 Wisconsin W 67–66  7–8 (15–13)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 26, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
at Illinois L 54-65  7–9 (15–14)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 29, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at Nebraska W 62–53  8–9 (16–14)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
March 3, 2012
1:30 PM, BTN
Northwestern L 66–70  8–10 (16–15)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
10:30 AM, BTN
vs. Illinois
Big Ten Tournament
W 64–61  17–15
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 9, 2012
11:00 AM, ESPN
vs. No. 8 Michigan State
Big Ten Tournament
L 75–92  17–16
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Michigan[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 29, 2011
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 18 Penn State W 71–53  1–0 (11–2)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 1, 2012
4:00 PM, BTN
No. 18 Minnesota W 61–56  2–0 (12–2)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 5, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 at No. 12 Indiana L 71–73  2–1 (12–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 8, 2012
1:30 PM, CBS
No. 16 No. 18 Wisconsin W 59–41  3–1 (13–3)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 11, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 13 Northwestern W 66–64 OT 4–1 (14–3)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 14, 2012
1:00 PM, BTN
No. 13 at Iowa L 59–75  4–2 (14–4)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
January 17, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 No. 9 Michigan State W 60–59  5–2 (15–4)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 24, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 at Purdue W 66–64  6–2 (16–5)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 29, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 20 at No. 4 Ohio State L 49–64  6–3 (16–6)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 1, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 23 No. 20 Indiana W 68–56  7–3 (17–6)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 5, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 23 at No. 9 Michigan State L 54–64  7–4 (17–7)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 8, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
No. 22 at Nebraska W 62–46  8–4 (18–7)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 12, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 22 Illinois W 70–61  9–4 (19–7)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 18, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 17 No. 6 Ohio State W 56–51  10–4 (20–7)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 21, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 at Northwestern W 67–55 OT 11–4 (21–7)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 25, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 Purdue L 61–75  11–5 (21–8)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
March 1, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 at Illinois W 72–61  12–5 (22–8)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
March 4, 2012
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 at Penn State W 71–65  13–5 (23–8)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 10 vs. Minnesota
Big Ten Tournament
W 73–69 OT 24–8
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 10, 2012
4:05 PM, CBS
No. 10 vs. No. 7 Ohio State
Big Ten Tournament
L 55–77  24–9
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Michigan State[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 16 No. 13 Indiana W 80–65  1–0 (12–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
December 31, 2011
3:00 PM, BTN
No. 16 at Nebraska W 68–55  2–0 (13–2)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 3, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 at No. 18 Wisconsin W 63–60 OT 3–0 (14–2)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 10, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 Iowa W 95–61  4–0 (15–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 14, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 at Northwestern L 74–81  4–1 (15–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 17, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 at No. 20 Michigan L 59–60  4–2 (15–4)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 21, 2012
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 Purdue W 83–58  5–2 (16–4)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 25, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
No. 10 Minnesota W 68–52  6–2 (17–4)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 31, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 at Illinois L 41–42  6–3 (17–5)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 5, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 9 No. 23 Michigan W 64–54  7–3 (18–5)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 8, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 11 Penn State W 77–57  8–3 (19–5)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 11, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 at No. 3 Ohio State W 58–48  9–3 (20–5)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 16, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 No. 15 Wisconsin W 69–55  10–3 (21–5)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 19, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 7 at Purdue W 76–62  11–3 (22–5)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 22, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
No. 6 at Minnesota W 66–61  12–3 (23–5)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 25, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 Nebraska W 62–34  13–3 (24–5)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 28, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 at No. 18 Indiana L 55–70  13–4 (24–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
March 4, 2012
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 5 No. 10 Ohio State L 70–72  13–5 (24–7)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 vs. Iowa
Big Ten Tournament
W 92–75  25–7
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 10, 2012
1:40 PM, CBS
No. 8 vs. No. 14 Wisconsin
Big Ten Tournament
W 65–52  26–7
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 11, 2012
3:30 PM, CBS
No. 8 vs. No. 7 Ohio State
Big Ten Tournament
W 68–64  27–7
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Minnesota[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011
6:30 PM, BTN
at Illinois L 72–81 2OT 0–1 (12–2)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 1, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
at No. 18 Michigan L 56–61  0–2 (12–3)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 4, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
Iowa L 62–64  0–3 (12–4)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 8, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
Purdue L 66-79  0–4 (12–5)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 12, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at No. 7 Indiana W 77–74  1–4 (13–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 15, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
at Penn State W 80-66  2–4 (14–5)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 22, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern W 75–52  3–4 (15–5)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 25, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
at No. 10 Michigan State L 52–68  3–5 (15–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 28, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
Illinois W 77–72 OT 4–5 (16–6)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 1, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
at Iowa L 59–63  4–6 (16–7)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 5, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
at Nebraska W 69–61  5–6 (17–7)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 9, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 21 Wisconsin L 61–68 OT 5–7 (17–8)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 14, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 Ohio State L 68–78  5–8 (17–9)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 18, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at Northwestern L 53–64  5–9 (17–10)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 22, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 6 Michigan State L 61–66  5–10 (17–11)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 26, 2012
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 23 Indiana L 50–69  5–11 (17–12)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 28, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at Wisconsin L 45–52  5–12 (17–13)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
March 3, 2012
11:30 AM, BTN
Nebraska W 81–69  6–12 (18–13)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
4:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Northwestern
Big Ten Tournament
W 75–68 OT 19–13
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 9, 2012
5:30 PM, BTN
vs. No. 10 Michigan
Big Ten Tournament
L 69–73 OT 19–14
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Nebraska[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 11 Wisconsin L 40-64  0–1 (8–4)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
December 31, 2011
2:00 PM, BTN
No. 16 Michigan State L 55–68  0–2 (8–5)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 3, 2012
5:30 PM, BTN
at No. 6 Ohio State L 40–71  0–3 (8–6)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 7, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
at Illinois L 54–59  0–4 (8–7)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 11, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
Penn State W 70–58  1–4 (9–7)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 15, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
at Wisconsin L 45–50  1–5 (9–8)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 18, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 Indiana W 70–69  2–5 (10–8)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 21, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 Ohio State L 45–79  2–6 (10–9)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 26, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at Iowa W 79–73  3–6 (11–9)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 2, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN2
at Northwestern L 74–84  3–7 (11–10)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 5, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
Minnesota L 61–69  3–8 (11–11)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 8, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 22 Michigan L 46–62  3–9 (11–12)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 11, 2012
12:00 PM, ESPNU
at Penn State L 51–67  3–10 (11–13)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 18, 2012
4:00 PM, BTN
Illinois W 80–57  4–10 (12–13)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
February 22, 2012
5:30 PM, BTN
at Purdue L 65–83  4–11 (12–14)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 25, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at No. 6 Michigan State L 34–62  4–12 (12–15)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 29, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Iowa L 53–62  4–13 (12–16)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
March 3, 2012
11:30 AM, BTN
at Minnesota L 69–81  4–14 (12–17)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Purdue
Big Ten Tournament
L 61–79  12–18
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Northwestern[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
4:30 PM, BTN
at No. 2 Ohio State L 54–87  0–1 (10–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 1, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPNU
Penn State W 68–56  1–1 (11–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 4, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
Illinois L 56–57  1–2 (11–4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 11, 2012
5:30 PM, BTN
at No. 13 Michigan L 64–66 OT 1–3 (11–5)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 14, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 Michigan State W 81–74  2–3 (12–5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 18, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
at Wisconsin L 57–77  2–4 (12–6)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 22, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
at Minnesota L 52–75  2–5 (12–7)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 28, 2012
3:00 PM, ESPN2
Purdue L 56–58  2–6 (12–8)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 2, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN2
Nebraska W 84–74  3–6 (13–8)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 5, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
at Illinois W 74–70  4–6 (14–8)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 9, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Iowa W 83–64  5–6 (15–8)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 12, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
at Purdue L 77–87  5–7 (15–9)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 15, 2012
5:30 PM, BTN
at No. 18 Indiana L 66–71  5–8 (15–10)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
February 18, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
Minnesota W 64–53  6–8 (16–10)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 21, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 Michigan L 55–67 OT 6–9 (16–11)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 25, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at Penn State W 67–66  7–9 (17–11)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 29, 2012
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 10 Ohio State L 73–75  7–10 (17–12)
Walsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
March 3, 2012
1:30 PM, BTN
at Iowa W 70–66  8–10 (18–12)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
4:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Minnesota
Big Ten Tournament
L 68-75 OT 18–13
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Ohio State[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
5:30 PM, BTN
No. 2 Northwestern W 87-54  1–0 (13–1)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
December 31, 2011
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 at No. 13 Indiana L 70-74  1–1 (13–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 3, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 6 Nebraska W 71-40  2–1 (14–2)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 7, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 at Iowa W 76–47  3–1 (15–2)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
January 10, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 at Illinois L 74–79  3–2 (15–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 15, 2012
4:30 PM, CBS
No. 5 No. 7 Indiana W 80–63  4–2 (16–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 21, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 6 at Nebraska W 79–45  5–2 (17–3)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 25, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
No. 4 Penn State W 78–54  6–2 (18–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 29, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 4 No. 20 Michigan W 64–49  7–2 (19–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 4, 2012
2:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 at No. 19 Wisconsin W 58–52  8–2 (20–3)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
February 7, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 Purdue W 87–84  9–2 (21–3)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 11, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 No. 11 Michigan State L 48–58  9–3 (21–4)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 14, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 at Minnesota W 78–68  10–3 (22–4)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 18, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 at No. 17 Michigan L 51–56  10–4 (22–5)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 21, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 Illinois W 83–67  11–4 (23–5)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 26, 2012
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 8 No. 16 Wisconsin L 60–63  11–5 (23–6)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 29, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
No. 10 at Northwestern W 75–73  12–5 (24–6)
Welsh–Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
March 4, 2012
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 10 at No. 5 Michigan State W 72-70  13–5 (25–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012
9:00 PM, BTN
No. 7 vs. Purdue
Big Ten Tournament
W 88–71  26–6
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 10, 2012
4:05 PM, CBS
No. 7 vs. No. 10 Michigan
Big Ten Tournament
W 77–55  27–6
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 11, 2012
3:30 PM, CBS
No. 7 vs. No. 8 Michigan State
Big Ten Tournament
L 64–68  27–7
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Penn State[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 29, 2011
7:30 PM, BTN
at No. 18 Michigan L 53-71  0–1 (8–6)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 1, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Northwestern L 56-68  0–2 (8–7)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
January 5, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
Purdue W 65-45  1–2 (9–7)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 8, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 12 Indiana L 82–88  1–3 (9–8)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 11, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
at Nebraska L 58–70  1–4 (9–9)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
January 15, 2012
4:00 PM, BTN
Minnesota L 66–80  1–5 (9–10)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 19, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 22 Illinois W 54–52  2–5 (10–10)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 22, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
at No. 11 Indiana L 54–73  2–6 (10–11)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
January 25, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
at No. 4 Ohio State L 54–78  2–7 (10–12)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
January 31, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
No. 19 Wisconsin L 46–52  2–8 (10–13)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 4, 2012
3:00 PM, ESPNU
at Iowa L 64–77  2–9 (10–14)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 8, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
at No. 11 Michigan State L 57–77  2–10 (10–15)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 11, 2012
1:00 PM, ESPNU
Nebraska W 67–51  3–10 (11–15)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 16, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Iowa W 69–64  4–10 (12–15)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 19, 2012
4:00 PM, BTN
at No. 15 Wisconsin L 55–65  4–11 (12–16)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
February 25, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPNU
Northwestern L 66–67  4–12 (12–17)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 29, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
at Purdue L 56–80  4–13 (12–18)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
March 4, 2012
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 Michigan L 65–71  4–14 (12–19)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
2:00 PM, BTN
vs. No. 15 Indiana
Big Ten Tournament
L 58–75  12–20
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Purdue[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 28, 2011
9:30 PM, BTN
at Iowa W 79-76  1–0 (11–3)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
December 31, 2011
4:00 PM, ESPN2
Illinois W 75-60  2–0 (12–3)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 5, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
at Penn State L 45-65  2–1 (12–4)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
January 8, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at Minnesota W 79–66  3–1 (13–4)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
January 12, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
Wisconsin L 62–67  3–2 (13–5)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 17, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
Iowa W 75–68  4–2 (14–5)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 21, 2012
12:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 9 Michigan State L 58-83  4–3 (14–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
January 24, 2012
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 Michigan L 64–66  4–4 (14–7)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 28, 2012
4:00 PM, ESPN2
at Northwestern W 58–56  5–4 (15–7)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
February 4, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 20 Indiana L 61–78  5–5 (15–8)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 7, 2012
9:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 3 Ohio state L 84–87  5–6 (15–9)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 12, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern W 87–77  6–6 (16–9)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 15, 2012
8:30 PM, BTN
at Illinois W 67–62  7–6 (17–9)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
February 19, 2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 7 Michigan State L 62–76  7–7 (17–10)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 22, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
Nebraska W 83–65  8–7 (18–10)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
February 25, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at No. 11 Michigan W 75–61  9–7 (19–10)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
February 29, 2012
6:30 PM, BTN
Penn State W 80–56  10–7 (20–10)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
March 4, 2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at No. 18 Indiana L 74–85  10–8 (20–11)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Nebraska
Big Ten Tournament
W 79-61  21–11
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 9, 2012
9:00 PM, BTN
vs. No. 7 Ohio State
Big Ten Tournament
L 71-88  21-12
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Wisconsin[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Big Ten Conference Season
December 27, 2011
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 11 at Nebraska W 64–40  1-0 (12–2)
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
December 31, 2011
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 11 Iowa L 65–72  1–1 (12–3)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 3, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 No. 10 Michigan State L 60–63 OT 1–2 (12–4)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 8, 2012
12:30 PM, CBS
No. 18 at No. 16 Michigan L 41–59  1–3 (12–5)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
January 12, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
at Purdue W 67–62  2–3 (13–5)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 15, 2012
5:00 PM, BTN
Nebraska W 50–45  3–3 (14–5)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 18, 2012
8:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern W 77–57  4–3 (15–5)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 22, 2012
1:00 PM, BTN
at No. 22 Illinois W 67–63  5–3 (16–5)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
January 26, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 25 No. 16 Indiana W 57–50  6–3 (17–5)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
January 31, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 19 at Penn State W 52–46  7–3 (18–5)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
February 4, 2012
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 19 No. 3 Ohio State L 52–58  7–4 (18–6)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
February 9, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 21 at Minnesota W 68–61 OT 8–4 (19–6)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
February 16, 2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 15 at No. 7 Michigan State L 55–69  8–5 (19–7)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
February 19, 2012
3:00 PM, BTN
No. 15 Penn State W 65–55  9–5 (20–7)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
February 23, 2012
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 at Iowa L 66–67  9–6 (20–8)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
February 26, 2012
3:00 PM, CBS
No. 16 at No. 8 Ohio State W 63–60  10–6 (21–8)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
February 28, 2012
7:00 PM, BTN
No. 14 Minnesota W 52–45  11–6 (22–8)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
March 4, 2012
12:00 PM, BTN
No. 14 Illinois W 70–56  12–6 (23–8)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
2012 Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012
1:30 PM, ESPN
No. 14 vs. No. 15 Indiana
Big Ten Tournament
W 79–71  24-8
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 10, 2012
12:40 PM, CBS
No. 14 vs. No. 8 Michigan State
Big Ten Tournament
L 52–65  24-9
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Player of the week[edit]

Players of the week

Throughout the conference regular season, the Big Ten offices named a player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week Freshman of the week
11-14-11 Victor Oladipo,[29] IND Cody Zeller,[29] IND
Aaron White,[29] IOWA
11-21-11 Drew Crawford,[30] NU Cody Zeller (2),[30] IND
11-28-11 Tim Hardaway, Jr.,[31] MICH Trey Burke,[31] MICH
12-05-11 Meyers Leonard,[32] ILL Cody Zeller (3),[32] IND
Keith Appling,[32] MSU
12-12-11 Christian Watford,[33] IND Trey Burke (2),[33] MICH
Draymond Green,[33] MSU
12-19-11 Deshaun Thomas,[34] OSU Cody Zeller (4),[34] IND
12-26-11 Meyers Leonard (2),[35] ILL Aaron White (2),[35] IOWA
1-02-12 Trey Burke,[36] MICH Trey Burke (3),[36] MICH
Keith Appling (2),[36] MSU
1-09-12 Jared Sullinger,[37] OSU Cody Zeller (5),[37] IND
1-16-12 Brandon Paul,[38] ILL Joe Coleman,[38] IND
1-23-12 Jordan Taylor,[39]WIS Trey Burke (4),[39] MICH
1-30-12 Draymond Green (2),[40] MSU Branden Dawson,[40] MSU
Brandon Richardson,[40] NEB
2-6-12 John Shurna,[41] NU Aaron White (3),[41] IOWA
Jared Sullinger (2),[41] OSU Dave Sobolewski,[41] NU
2-13-12 Draymond Green (3),[42]MSU Cody Zeller (6),[42] IND
2-20-12 Draymond Green (4),[43]MSU Trey Burke (5),[43] MICH
2-27-12 Robbie Hummel,[44] PUR Trey Burke (6),[44] MICH
Matt Gatens,[44] IOWA
3-5-12 Jared Sullinger (3),[45]OSU Cody Zeller (7),[45] IND
Trey Burke (7),[45] MICH

On January 17, Brandon Paul was named national player of the week by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[46][47]

On February 21 Draymond Green was named national player of the week by the USBWA.[48][49]

Honors and accolades[edit]

Four players (Novak, Craft, Drew Crawford and Jared Berggren) were named Academic All-District, meaning that they were among the 40 finalists to be named to the 15-man Academic All-America Team.[50] Craft was named to the first team, Crawford to the second team and Novak to the third team, giving the Big Ten three Academic All-Americans, which was more than any other conference.[51][52]

Conference honors[edit]

Two sets of conference award winners were recognized by the Big Ten - one selected by league coaches and one selected by the media.[53][54]

Honor Coaches Media
Player of the Year Draymond Green, Michigan State Draymond Green, Michigan State
Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, Michigan State Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year Cody Zeller, Indiana Trey Burke, Michigan
Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Craft, Ohio State Not Selected
Sixth Man of the Year D. J. Byrd, Purdue Not Selected
All Big Ten First Team Draymond Green, Michigan State Draymond Green, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Tim Frazier, Penn State
All Big Ten Second Team Tim Frazier, Penn State Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Cody Zeller, Indiana Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, Ohio State William Buford, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Matt Gatens, Iowa
All Big Ten Third Team Matt Gatens, Iowa Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State Keith Appling, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Brandon Paul, Illinois Aaron Craft, Ohio State
All Big Ten Honorable Mention Aaron Craft, Ohio State Brandon Paul, Illinois
Meyers Leonard, Illinois Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana Christian Watford, Indiana
Lewis Jackson, Purdue Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Zack Novak, Michigan
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
D. J. Byrd, Purdue
All-Freshman Team Cody Zeller, Indiana Not Selected
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron White, Iowa
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
All Defensive Team Victor Oladipo, Indiana Not Selected
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

NABC[edit]

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District teams on March 14, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts were chosen. The selection on this list were then eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. The following list represented the Big Ten players chosen to the list.[55] Since the Big Ten Conference was its own district, this is equivalent to being named All-Big Ten by the NABC.[56]

USBWA[edit]

On March 6, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2011–12 Men's All-District Teams, based upon voting from its national membership. There were nine regions from coast to coast, and a player and coach of the year were selected in each. The following lists all the Big Ten representatives selected within their respective regions.[57]

National postseason honors[edit]

Sullinger and Green were first team 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans by The Sporting News, while Zeller was a member of their All-Freshman team.[58] Green and Sullinger were also first team All-American selections by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[59] On March 20, the NABC chose Green and Sullinger as a first team All-Americans.[60] Sullinger and Green were named first team Associated Press All-Americans, making them unanimous first team selections. Trey Burke, Robbie Hummel, Jordan Taylor, John Shurna, and Cody Zeller were honorable mention selections.[61] Hummel was named the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner.[62] Aaron Craft won the Elite 89 Award.[63][64] Green was named the NABC Player of the Year.[65] 41 men's basketball players in their second year or beayond earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.[66]

CBSSports.com used a modified selection process that resulted in Green being named a first team All-American, while Sullinger and Burke were second team selections. The process derided the traditional basketball All-American process of nameing the best players and was modelled on the All-Pro or NHL All-Star Team formula of choosing the best players by position.[67] Shurna was also selected to participate in the NABC 2012 Reese's Division I All-Star Game at the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament final four.[68]

Postseason[edit]

Big Ten Tournament[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG
6 11–6 .647 5 4 1 1 0
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Michigan State Automatic #1 defeated #16 Long Island 89–67
defeated #9 Saint Louis 65–61
lost to #4 Louisville 57–44
Ohio State At-large #2 defeated #15 Loyola 78–59
defeated #7 Gonzaga 73–66
defeated #6 Cincinnati 81–66
defeated #1 Syracuse 77–70
lost to #2 Kansas 64–62
Michigan At-large #4 lost to #13 Ohio 65–60
Wisconsin At-large #4 defeated #13 Montana 73–49
defeated #5 Vanderbilt 60–57
lost to #1 Syracuse 64–63
Indiana At-large #4 defeated #13 New Mexico State 79–66
defeated #12 VCU 63–61
lost to #1 Kentucky 102–90
Purdue At-large #10 defeated #7 Saint Mary's 72–69
lost to #2 Kansas 63–60

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R2 R3 SF CG
3 6–3 .667 3 1 1 1
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Northwestern At-large #4 defeated #5 Akron 76–74
lost to #1 Washington 76–55
Minnesota At-large #6 defeated #3 La Salle 70–61
defeated #2 Miami 78–60
defeated #4 Middle Tennessee 78–72
defeated #1 Washington 68–67 OT
lost to #3 Stanford 75–51
Iowa At-large #7 defeated #2 Dayton 84–75
lost to #3 Oregon 108–97

Other tournaments[edit]

The Big Ten did not have any entrants in the other post season tournaments.

2012 NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NBA Draft
The following current 1st, 2nd & 3rd team All-Big Ten performers were listed as seniors: Draymond Green, Robbie Hummel, John Shurna, Jordan Taylor, Matt Gatens, William Buford. Former All-Big Ten performer and fifth-year Trevor Mbakwe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA,[69] and he has opted to use it.[70] The deadline for entering the NBA draft is April 29, but once one has declared, the deadline for withdrawing the declaration and retaining NCAA eligibility is April 10.[71] The deadline for submitting information to the NBA Advisory Committee for a 72-hour response is April 3.[72]
The following Big Ten underclassmen have sought the advice of the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee to determine his draft prospects: Trey Burke[72]
The following Big Ten underclassmen declared early for the 2011 draft: Jared Sullinger,[73] Meyers Leonard[74]
The following Big Ten underclassmen entered their name in the draft but who did not hire agents and opted to return to college:
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 11 Meyers Leonard C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Illinois (So.)
1 21 Jared Sullinger PF United States United States Boston Celtics Ohio St. (So.)
2 35 Draymond Green PF United States United States Golden State Warriors (from Brooklyn)[a] Michigan St. (Sr.)
2 58 Robbie Hummel PF United States United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City)[b] Purdue (Sr.)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On February 23, 2011, the Golden State Warriors acquired Troy Murphy and a 2012 second-round draft pick from the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) in exchange for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric.[75]
  2. ^ On December 13, 2011, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Robert Vaden, a 2012 second-round draft pick and a future conditional second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Lazar Hayward.[76]

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