Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament History and 2009 Preview

The 2010 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament preview post is live.

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2009 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament TV Schedule, History, Tickets, DatesWe are now firmly in the heart of the conference schedule as the 2008-2009 college basketball season sprints towards the glory of March Madness. Earlier today, we offered up a quick preview of the 2009 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, and now we will get a little more granular and preview the 2009 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament.

I have to admit that doing this preview is a little bittersweet for me as an IU fan. This season’s Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament will most likely mark the first (and hopefully only) time that Indiana comes in as the #11 seed. As IU fans, we all understand that It is the price we have to pay for the era of the lying-cheating-bastard-who-shall-not-be-named, but it does not make it any easier to handle.

Still, there will be a twinge of excitement come March 12th when the Hoosiers tip off against whoever the #5 seed winds up being in this topsy-turvy season of Big Ten basketball. Maybe Devan Dumes and Matt Roth can get hot from the outside and the Hoosiers can pull off an upset. Not likely, I know. Still, the Hoosiers will have a definite home-court advantage playing in front of their fans in Indianapolis, and after last season’s heartbreaking loss to Minnesota on a wild last-second shot, the Big Ten Tournament owes us one.
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Anyway, enough pipe-dreaming from me. Onto the particulars of the 2009 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament:


2009 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule and Bracket

Game Date Matchup Time TV
1 Thu, March 12 #8 Minnesota def. #9 Northwestern 66-53 12:00 ET Big Ten Network
2 Thu, March 12 #7 Michigan def. #10 Iowa 72-45 2:30 ET ESPN2
3 Thu, March 12 #6 Penn State def. #11 Indiana 66-51 5:00 ET ESPN2
         
4 Fri, March 13 #1 Michigan State def. #8 Minnesota 64-56 12:00 ET ESPN
5 Fri, March 13 #5 Ohio State def. #4 Wisconsin 61-57 2:30 ET ESPN
6 Fri, March 13 #2 Illinois def. #7 Michigan 60-50 6:30 ET Big Ten Network
7 Fri, March 13 #3 Purdue def. #6 Penn State 79-65 9:00 ET Big Ten Network
         
8 Sat, March 14 #5 Ohio State def. #1 Michigan State 82-70 1:40 ET CBS
9 Sat, March 14 #3 Purdue def. #2 Illinois 66-56 4:00 ET CBS
         
10 Sun, March 15 #3 Purdue def. #5 Ohio State 65-61 3:30 ET CBS

And let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and count down the past Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champions: 1998 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #4 seed Michigan defeated #3 seed Purdue 76-67
  • Chicago, IL

1999 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #1 seed Michigan State defeated #11 seed Illinois 67-50
  • Chicago, IL

2000 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #2 seed Michigan State defeated #4 seed Illinois 76-61
  • Chicago, IL

2001 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #6 seed Iowa defeated #4 seed Indiana 63-61
  • Chicago, IL

2002 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #2 seed Ohio State defeated #9 seed Iowa 81-64
  • Indianapolis, IN

2003 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #2 seed Illinois defeated #8 seed Ohio State 72-59
  • Chicago, IL

2004 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #2 seed Wisconsin defeated #1 seed Illinois 70-53
  • Indianapolis, IN

2005 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #1 seed Illinois defeated #3 seed Wisconsin 54-43
  • Chicago, IL

2006 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #2 seed Iowa defeated #1 seed Ohio State 67-60
  • Indianapolis, IN

2007 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #1 seed Ohio State defeated #2 seed Wisconsin 66-49
  • Chicago, IL

2008 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #1 seed Wisconsin defeated #10 seed Illinois 61-48
  • Indianapolis, IN

2009 Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament Champion:

  • #3 seed Purdue defeated #5 seed Ohio State 65-61
  • Indianapolis, IN

Who will this year’s Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament? At this point, it looks like a major toss-up. Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Penn State have looked capable of winning it at different points this season. And if history is any indicator, a dark horse may emerge once the balls get rolled out on March 12. Four times in the brief ten-year history of the Big Ten Tournament, a team seeded #8 or lower has played in the championship game. The lowest seeded team to ever win the Big Ten tournament, however, is #6 seed Iowa in 2001. So the smart money would go on one of the teams listed above.

Either way, I’m sure it will be an exciting weekend — and the only chance for Indiana to crack this year’s field of 64. No, it isn’t likely. But you better believe Hoosier Nation will be out in droves on March 12th hoping their undermanned Hoosiers can pull off an unlikely first round upset.



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