The Big Ten Tournament tips off today in Indianapolis with four games between eight teams while the conference’s top four teams sit and await their Friday competition.
Big Ten Tournament Info and Tickets
- Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- Big Ten Tournament Website
- Printable Big Ten Tournament Bracket
- Big Ten Tournament Tickets via Vivid Seats, the Official Ticket Provider of MSF
Big Ten Tournament Thursday First Round Preview
#8 Iowa v #9 Illinois
- Tip time: 11:30 ET
- TV: BTN
- Point Spread: Illinois -2.5
- Over/Under: 136
Iowa has been one of the more unpredictable teams in the Big Ten this year. They have beaten really good teams and gotten some of the best stretches of outside shooting in conference history from Matt Gaetens, but they have also shown an ability to lose any time, any place.
Illinois is essentially playing for head coach Bruce Weber’s job – and there is a chance that even with a miracle run to a Big Ten Tournament championship that he could still be gone. The Illini have the talent in Meyers Leonard, Brandon Paul, and others to scare bigger seeds…but can they get past Iowa first?
#5 Indiana v #12 Penn State
- Tip time: 1:55 ET (approximately; game starts 25 minutes after Iowa-Illinois)
- TV: BTN
- Point Spread: Indiana -11.5
- Over/Under: 138
The Hoosiers have not won a postseason game of any kind since 2007, and they have one of the worst records in the history of the Big Ten Tournament. But this has been a season for overcoming poor recent history and underestimation. The Hoosiers beat Penn State twice during the regular season and won their only game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Penn State boasts one of the conference’s top players in Tim Frazier, and Indiana only beat them in Happy Valley because Jordan Hulls and Matt Roth shot out of their minds. The Nittany Lions are tough and will make Indiana earn any victory they may get.
#7 Northwestern v #10 Minnesota
- Tip time: 5:30 ET
- TV: ESPN2
- Point Spread: Northwestern -2.5
- Over/Under: 129
As we know, Northwestern is looking for the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. They likely need to win this game, one more, and perhaps even another after that to remove themselves from the bubble. Jon Shurna leads this Northwestern team that relies far more heavily on its offense than its defense to win.
Minnesota is another team that can beat anyone anywhere (their win at Indiana comes to mind) but can also lose to anyone as well. When Indiana played them a couple of weeks ago in Williams Arena, they looked like a deflated bunch. Can they muster up some energy for Tubby Smith?
#6 Purdue v #11 Nebraska
- Tip time: 7:55 ET (approximately; game starts 25 minutes after Northwestern-Minnesota)
- TV: ESPN2
- Point Spread: Purdue -8
- Over/Under: 133
Along with Indiana, Purdue has probably played the best basketball in the conference over the last couple of weeks. But Purdue’s loss in Bloomington showed what this team has to do to win Big Ten games: shoot the ball well. If Robbie Hummel, D.J. Byrd, and others can knock down shots, Purdue will be a very tough out for anyone.
Nebraska makes its first appearance in the Big Ten Tournament, and no one is expecting much from the Cornhuskers. They’ll need to match Purdue’s toughness and make some shots of their own if they are going to clip Matt Painter’s crew.
Big Ten Tournament Bracket
2012 Big Ten Tournament TV Schedule and Results
|1||Thu, March 8||#8 Iowa def #9 Illinois 64-61||11:30 ET||BTN|
|2||Thu, March 8||#5 Indiana def #12 Penn State 75-58||2:00 ET||BTN|
|3||Thu, March 8||#10 Minnesota def #7 Northwestern 75-68||5:30 ET||ESPN2|
|4||Thu, March 8||#6 Purdue def #11 Nebraska 79-61||7:00 ET||ESPN2|
|5||Fri, March 9||#1 Michigan State def #8 Iowa 92-75||12:00 ET||ESPN|
|6||Fri, March 9||#4 Wisconsin def #5 Indiana 79-71||2:30 ET||ESPN|
|7||Fri, March 9||#2 Michigan def #10 Minnesota 73-69||6:30 ET||BTN|
|8||Fri, March 9||#3 Ohio State def #6 Purdue 88-71||9:00 ET||BTN|
|9||Sat, March 10||#1 Michigan State def #4 Wisconsin 65-52||1:40 ET||CBS|
|10||Sat, March 10||#3 Ohio State def #2 Michigan 77-55||4:00 ET||CBS|
|11||Sun, March 11||Big Ten Tournament Championship Game: #1 Michigan State v #3 Ohio State||3:30 ET||CBS|
And here is a rundown of the relatively short history of the Big Ten Tournament.
Big Ten Tournament Past Champions, MVPs, Sites
|Year||Big Ten Tournament Champions||Big Ten Tournament Runner-Up||Score||Big Ten Tournament MVP||Big Ten Tournament Site|
|1998||Michigan||Purdue||76-67||Robert Traylor||United Center - Chicago|
|1999||Michigan State||Illinois||67-50||Mateen Cleaves||United Center|
|2000||Michigan State||Illinois||76-61||Morris Peterson||United Center|
|2001||Iowa||Indiana||63-61||Reggie Evans||United Center|
|2002||Ohio State||Iowa||81-64||Boban Savovich||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2003||Illinois||Ohio State||72-59||Brian Cook||United Center|
|2004||Wisconsin||Illinois||70-53||Devin Harris||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2005||Illinois||Wisconsin||54-43||James Augustine||United Center|
|2006||Iowa||Ohio State||67-60||Jeff Horner||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2007||Ohio State||Wisconsin||66-49||Mike Conley||United Center|
|2008||Wisconsin||Illinois||61-48||Marcus Landry||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2009||Purdue||Ohio State||65-61||Robbie Hummel||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2010||Ohio State||Minnesota||90-61||Evan Turner||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2011||Ohio State||Penn State||71-60||Jared Sullinger||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|2012||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|2014||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|2016||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|