Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|Number of teams||14|
|Current stadium||Madison Square Garden|
|Current location||New York, NY|
|Most championships||Michigan State (5)|
CBS (semifinals and championship game)|
ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network (other rounds)
United Center (1998–2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2021)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008–12, 2014, 2016, 2020, 2022)
Verizon Center (2017)
Madison Square Garden (2018)
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 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, although in 2018 it was held the week before Selection Sunday.
On six 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, Wisconsin in 2015, and Michigan in 2018). In 2000, champion Michigan State won the NCAA Tournament.
The Big Ten Men's Basketball tournaments have been held at neutral sites every year. The first four tournaments were held at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning in 2002, the tournament alternated between United Center and Conseco Fieldhouse (later known as Bankers Life Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2008, the tournament began a five-year residence in Indianapolis.
On June 5, 2011, the Big Ten announced that the tournament would revert to alternating between Indianapolis and Chicago. The 2013 and 2015 tournaments were played at United Center in Chicago and the 2014 and 2016 tournaments were played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The 2017 Tournament was held at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 2018 Tournament was held at Madison Square Garden in New York and held a week earlier than usual due to the Big East Tournament, ending on March 4, 2018, one week before Selection Sunday. The 2019 through 2022 Tournaments will return to alternating between United Center in Chicago and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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. Minnesota had a record of 2–1 in the 1998 Tournament and went 0–1 in 1999.
- Because of the Michigan basketball 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. 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 records for the Ohio State basketball team from the 1998–99 season through the 2001–02 season. 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
Results by year
|Year||Champion||Seed||Score||Runner-up||Seed||Most Valuable Player||Site|
|1998||Michigan (vacated) [note 1]||4||76–67||Purdue||3||Robert Traylor, Michigan [note 1]||United Center, Chicago|
|1999||Michigan State||1||67–50||Illinois||11||Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State||United Center, Chicago|
|2000||Michigan State||2||76–61||Illinois||4||Morris Peterson, Michigan State||United Center, Chicago|
|2001||Iowa||6||63–61||Indiana||4||Reggie Evans, Iowa||United Center, Chicago|
|2002||Ohio State (vacated) [note 2]||2||81–64||Iowa||9||Boban Savovic, Ohio State [note 2]||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2003||Illinois||2||72–59||Ohio State||8||Brian Cook, Illinois||United Center, Chicago|
|2004||Wisconsin||2||70–53||Illinois||1||Devin Harris, Wisconsin||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2005||Illinois||1||54–43||Wisconsin||2||James Augustine, Illinois||United Center, Chicago|
|2006||Iowa||2||67–60||Ohio State||1||Jeff Horner, Iowa||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2007||Ohio State||1||66–49||Wisconsin||2||Mike Conley Jr., Ohio State||United Center, Chicago|
|2008||Wisconsin||1||61–48||Illinois||10||Marcus Landry, Wisconsin||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2009||Purdue||3||65–61||Ohio State||5||Robbie Hummel, Purdue||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2010||Ohio State||1||90–61||Minnesota||6||Evan Turner, Ohio State||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2011||Ohio State||1||71–60||Penn State||6||Jared Sullinger, Ohio State||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2012||Michigan State||1||68–64||Ohio State||3||Draymond Green, Michigan State||Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2013||Ohio State||2||50–43||Wisconsin||4||Aaron Craft, Ohio State||United Center, Chicago|
|2014||Michigan State||3||69–55||Michigan||1||Branden Dawson, Michigan State||Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2015||Wisconsin||1||80–69OT||Michigan State||3||Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin||United Center, Chicago|
|2016||Michigan State||2||66–62||Purdue||4||Denzel Valentine, Michigan State||Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2017||Michigan||8||71–56||Wisconsin||2||Derrick Walton, Michigan||Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.|
|2018||Michigan||5||75–66||Purdue||3||Moritz Wagner, Michigan||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|2019||United Center, Chicago|
|2020||Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
|2021||United Center, Chicago|
|2022||Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis|
Most conference tournament championships
|Michigan State||5||1999, 2000, 2012, 2014, 2016|
|Ohio State^||4||2007, 2010, 2011, 2013|
|Wisconsin||3||2004, 2008, 2015|
* 1998 championship vacated by Michigan
^ 2002 championship vacated by Ohio State
Most consecutive championships
2 – Michigan State (1999, 2000), Ohio State (2010, 2011), Michigan (2017, 2018)
Records all-time by team
- through 2018 tournament
|Ohio State||26–14[note 2]||.650||4||4|
Records all-time by seed
- through 2018 tournament
* Does not include vacated wins by Michigan (1998) and Ohio State (2002)
Records by coaches
Through 2018 tournament
|Thad Matta||Ohio State||23–9||.719||4|
|Tom Izzo||Michigan State||29–16||.644||5|
|Pat Chambers||Penn State||5–7||.417||0|
|Ed DeChellis||Penn State||5–8||.385||0|
Note: Current coaches at school in bold. Minimum of five wins.
- Due to NCAA sanctions, Michigan has vacated the records from the 1992 Final Four, the 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, and 1998–99 seasons. See above section Vacated results
- Due to NCAA sanctions, Ohio State has vacated the records of 34 games in 1998–99, 16 games in 1999–00 and the entire 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons. See above section Vacated results
- Due to NCAA sanctions, Minnesota has vacated the records from the 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, and 1998–99 seasons. See above section Vacated results
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