Big Ten Tournament Bracket, TV Schedule, Spreads for Friday

A number of storyline unfolded during the first day of the Big Ten Tournament: Bruce Weber likely coached his last game for Illinois; Northwestern likely played its way out of an NCAA Tournament bid in a loss to Minnesota; and, most unfortunately, Indiana senior Verdell Jones likely lost his chance to play in an NCAA Tournament game when his knee buckled in the first half.

What will Friday have in store? Here is a quick preview of today’s Big Ten Tournament action.

big ten tournament bracket, tv schedule, ticketsHere is a quick look at today’s Big Ten Tournament action.

Big Ten Tournament Info and Tickets

Big Ten Tournament Friday 2nd Round Preview

Note: all spreads via Some were not posted when this article was published.

#1 Michigan State v #8 Iowa

  • Time: 12:00 ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Point Spread: Michigan State -11
  • Over/Under: Not posted

Michigan State will be without uber-athletic freshman Branden Dawson and has never performed quite as well as expected in the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa has been a plucky bunch this year that has played some good teams very well. If Matt Gaetens in shooting well, watch out. I think Michigan State wins, but it won’t be easy.

#4 Wisconsin v #5 Indiana

  • Time: 2:25 ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Point Spread: Indiana -1.5
  • Over/Under: Not posted

The Indiana Hoosiers have been on a mission this year to pay back all the teams who had owned them during the first three years of the Tom Crean era.


The only such team they haven’t vanquished at least once this year is Wisconsin, who won the teams’ only meeting in Madison earlier this year. Buoyed by the momentum, motivation, and the emotional drive of winning for their fallen leader, I expect a great performance from Indiana today. So as long as the Hoosiers play with poise down the stretch, they should win this game.

#2 Michigan v #10 Minnesota

  • Time: 6:30 ET
  • TV: BTN
  • Point Spread: Not posted
  • Over/Under: Not posted

Minnesota is playing with nothing to lose, and they won a thriller over Northwestern yesterday. Still, it’s tough to think they have the talent to pull off a second straight victory, especially with solid and balanced Michigan up next. If Tim Hardaway Jr. struggles though, and Minnesota can knock down shots, this game could be a close one. I expect Michigan to win though.

#3 Ohio State v #6 Purdue

  • Time: 8:55 ET
  • TV: BTN
  • Point Spread: Not posted
  • Over/Under: Not posted

If you predicted the Big Ten Tournament based on who the two hottest teams were coming into it, you likely would have predicted an Indiana-Purdue final. Both obviously has a long road ahead to get to that point, but don’t discount Purdue’s chances of winning today even though the Buckeyes are clearly more talented. Purdue nearly beat Ohio State in Columbus earlier this year, and on a neutral floor (with neutral calls) very well could beat them today. I think Ohio State’s talent wins out in the end, especially if the William Buford from the Michigan State game shows up, but I would not be surprised in the least to see Purdue pull off the W.

Big Ten Tournament Bracket


2012 Big Ten Tournament TV Schedule and Results

Game Date Matchup Time TV
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
2013         United Center
2014         Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2015         United Center
2016         Bankers Life Fieldhouse



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