Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State all finished in a first-place tie for the Big Ten regular season title, and the Big Ten Tournament gives them a chance to settle it on the floor when the action starts on Thursday. However, don’t count out the likes of Wisconsin and Indiana, who have also proved their mettle in the nation’s top-rated conference.
- Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- Big Ten Tournament Website
- Printable Big Ten Tournament Bracket
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Big Ten Tournament Preview
Here is a preview of Thursday’s first round action, including the spreads for each game.
By virtue of winning the tiebreaker, Michigan State is the top seed. However, they are coming off of two straight losses to close out the season as well as the loss of freshman Branden Dawson to a knee injury.
Still, they have Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green to fall back on, along with the most efficient defense in the league and a relentless attack on the glass.
If they can run the table in Indianapolis, a one seed is a definite possibility.
Michigan is the two seed after winning six of their last seven games to close out the season. Co-Freshman of the Year Trey Burke has been fantastic over the course of the year, and both he and Tim Hardaway Jr. come in averaging at least 14.5 points. The Wolverines take nearly 45 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, so their three-point shooting will ultimately determine their fate in this tournament.
Preseason favorite Ohio State picked up a huge road win at the Breslin Center last weekend to force the three-way tie atop the league. Senior guard William Buford scored 25 points against the Spartans, including the game-winner, and when he plays well the Buckeyes are a completely different team. Sophomores Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas have both posted solid numbers and coming in scoring at least 15 points per game. Depth could be a factor for OSU in a tournament setting, because the supporting cast has been inconsistent at best.
Wisconsin and Indiana are also poised to pick up top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament. As usual, the Badgers are tough on the defensive end, but poor perimeter shooting has plagued Jordan Taylor and the rest of the team.
The Hoosiers are one of the year’s biggest surprises, and wins over Kentucky, Ohio State, and Michigan State have shown they can play with anyone. Freshman phenom Cody Zeller was the Co-Freshman of the Year and is one of many Hoosiers playing well in recent games.
Purdue is also safely in the NCAA Tournament field, led by terrific play down the stretch from senior Robbie Hummel. The Boilers will likely face Ohio State in the Quarterfinals, and they played the Buckeyes close in Columbus.
The only true bubble team at this point is Northwestern, who is vying for their first tournament invite. Because of their 1-10 record against the RPI Top 50, the Wildcats need at least two wins to enhance their chances of making the Big Dance.
Big Ten Tournament Prediction
Perhaps I am biased as a Midwesterner, but I fully expect the Big Ten Tournament to be fantastic and among the best of Championship Week. There are a number of tournament-caliber teams, which should make for plenty of exciting games.
As for my prediction, I’m taking the Hoosiers to win their first Big Ten Tournament Title.
Since Victor Oladipo slid over to the point, they have been a more aggressive and more effective team on both ends of the floor. They boast a number of offensive weapons to go with solid role players off the bench, and I would expect plenty of IU fans in attendance throughout the event, which should also work in their favor.
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|