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2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

The 2017–18 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2017, followed by the start of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. The 2018 Big Ten Tournament was held at Madison Square Garden in New York.[1] Due to the Big East's use of that venue for the 2018 Big East Tournament, the Big Ten Tournament took place one week earlier than usual, ending the week before Selection Sunday.[2] As a result, the conference season began on December 1, 2017 and concluded on February 25, 2018.[3][2] Each team played one road game and one home conference game in the first week of December.[2] With a win over Wisconsin on February 25, 2018, Michigan State clinched the outright Big Ten championship, their eighth under Tom Izzo.[4]

2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season
Big Ten Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)Big Ten Network, ESPN, Fox, FS1 CBS
2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
Regular season championsMichigan State
Runners-upPurdue and Ohio State
Season MVPKeita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Top scorerKeita Bates-Diop
Tournament
ChampionsMichigan
  Runners-upPurdue
Finals MVPMoritz Wagner
Basketball seasons
2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 16 2   .889     30 5   .857
No. 11 Purdue 15 3   .833     30 7   .811
No. 17 Ohio State 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
No. 7 Michigan 13 5   .722     33 8   .805
Nebraska 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     26 13   .667
Indiana 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 8 10   .444     19 13   .594
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Minnesota 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Illinois 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Iowa 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
Rutgers 3 15   .167     15 19   .441
2018 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The Big Ten Tournament was held from February 28 through March 4, 2018 at Madison Square Garden. Michigan defeated Purdue to win its second consecutive tournament.[5] As a result, the Wolverines received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Four Big Ten schools (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue) were invited to the NCAA Tournament, the fewest Big Ten teams selected for the Tournament since 2008.[6] Michigan was the National Runner-up, losing to Villanova in the NCAA championship game. Nebraska and Penn State received invitations to the National Invitation Tournament.[7] Penn State won the NIT championship.[8]

Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was named Big Ten Player of the Year. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.[9] Bates-Diop and Michigan State forward Miles Bridges were consensus All-Americans, while Purdue guard Carsen Edwards earned second and third team All-American recognition. Edwards won the Jerry West Award.

The season also marked the last time the conference played an 18-game conference schedule. The 2018–19 season marked the first time in Big Ten history that the teams will play a 20-game conference schedule.[10]

Contents

Head coachesEdit

Coaching changesEdit

On March 11, 2017, Illinois fired head coach John Groce.[11][12] On March 18, the school hired Brad Underwood as the new head coach.[13]

On March 16, 2017, Indiana fired Tom Crean after nine years as head coach.[14] On March 25, 2017, the school hired Archie Miller as head coach.[15][16]

On June 5, 2017, Ohio State announced that head coach Thad Matta would not return as head coach after 13 years in Columbus.[17] On June 9, the school hired Chris Holtmann as head coach.[18]

CoachesEdit

Team Head coach Previous job Years at school Overall record Big Ten record Big Ten titles NCAA Tournaments NCAA Final Fours NCAA Championships
Illinois Brad Underwood Oklahoma State 1 14–18 4–14 0 0 0 0
Indiana Archie Miller Dayton 1 16–15 9–9 0 0 0 0
Iowa Fran McCaffery Siena 8 151–120 68–76 0 3 0 0
Maryland Mark Turgeon Texas A&M 7 157–81 49–30* 0 3 0 0
Michigan John Beilein West Virginia 11 248–143 111–87 2 8 2 0
Michigan State Tom Izzo Michigan State (Asst.) 23 574–225 269–122 8 21 7 1
Minnesota Richard Pitino Florida International 5 90–78 31–59 0 1 0 0
Nebraska Tim Miles Colorado State 6 97–97 46–62 0 1 0 0
Northwestern Chris Collins Duke (Asst.) 5 88–77 36–54 0 1 0 0
Ohio State Chris Holtmann Butler 1 25–9 15–3 0 1 0 0
Penn State Pat Chambers Boston University 7 113–122 38–87 0 0 0 0
Purdue Matt Painter Purdue (Assoc.) 13 295–149 142–88 2 10 0 0
Rutgers Steve Pikiell Stony Brook 2 30–37 6–30 0 0 0 0
Wisconsin Greg Gard Wisconsin (Assoc.) 3 57–36 31–23 0 2 0 0

Notes:

  • All records, appearances, titles, etc. are from time with current school only.
  • Year at school includes 2017–18 season.
  • Overall and Big Ten records are from time at current school and are through the end of the season.
  • Turgeon's ACC conference record excluded since Maryland began Big Ten Conference play in 2014–15.

PreseasonEdit

Preseason All-Big TenEdit

Prior to the conference's annual media day, unofficial awards and a poll were chosen by a panel of 28 writers, two for each team in the conference.[19] Michigan State was a unanimous selection to win the conference, receiving all 28 votes.[20] The Spartans' Miles Bridges was also a unanimous selection for Preseason Player of the Year.[20]

Preseason conference pollEdit

Rank Team
1 Michigan State (28)
2 Purdue
3 Minnesota
4 Northwestern
5 Maryland
5 Michigan
7 Wisconsin
8 Iowa
9 Indiana
10 Penn State
11 Ohio State
12 Illinois
13 Nebraska
14 Rutgers
(first place votes)

Preseason All-Big TenEdit

On October 19, 2017, a panel of conference media selected a 10-member preseason All-Big Ten Team and Player of the Year.[21]

Honor Recipient
Preseason Player of the Year Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Preseason All-Big Ten Team Miles Bridges*, Michigan State
Amir Coffey, Minnesota
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ*, Wisconsin
Justin Jackson, Maryland
Scottie Lindsey, Northwestern
Nate Mason, Minnesota
Bryant McIntosh*, Northwestern
Mortitz Wagner, Michigan
Nick Ward, Michigan State
*Unanimous selections

Preseason watchlistsEdit

Below is a table of notable preseason watch lists.

Wooden Naismith Robertson Cousy West Erving Malone Abdul-Jabbar Olson Tisdale Notes
Jordan Bohannon, Iowa  Y [22]
Miles Bridges, Michigan State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y [23][24][25][26][27]
Vincent Edwards, Purdue  Y  Y  Y [24][26][27]
Isaac Haas, Purdue  Y [28]
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y [23][28][26][27]
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State  Y [27]
Justin Jackson, Maryland  Y  Y [24][26]
Nate Mason, Minnesota  Y  Y  Y [22][26][27]
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern  Y  Y [22][27]
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota  Y [29]
Moritz Wagner, Michigan  Y  Y  Y [29][26][27]
Nick Ward, Michigan State  Y [26]

Preseason national pollsEdit

AP[30] Athlon
Sports
[31]
Bleacher
Report
[32]
Blue Ribbon
Yearbook
[33]
CBS Sports[34] Coaches[35] ESPN[36] Lindy's
Sports
[37]
NBC Sports[38] SBNation[39] Sports
Illustrated
[40]
USBWA[41]
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State 2 2 2 2 4 2 3 1 1 3 2 1
Minnesota 15 16 20 18 13 15 10 22 20 18 17
Nebraska
Northwestern 19 24 25 23 14 20 18 15 21 22 22 20
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue 20 18 14 24 21 25 21 17 18
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Regular seasonEdit

RankingsEdit

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
(Italics) Number of first place votes
  Pre/
Wk 1
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2
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Final
Illinois AP
C
Indiana AP
C
Iowa AP
C
Maryland AP RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
Michigan AP RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 25 24 20 22 17 15 7 7
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 25 25 20 21 16 13 7 7 2
Michigan State AP 2 (13) 2 (13) 4 3 3 2 (19) 2 (15) 2 (15) 1 (43) 4 9 6 5 4 2 (21) 2 (19) 2 (17) 4 5
C 2 (9) 2 (9) 5 3 3 (1) 2 (10) 2 (6) 2 (5) 1 (25) 4 9 6 4 4 1 (17) 1 (20) 2 (15) 5 5 11
Minnesota AP 15 14 14 12 14 RV RV RV
C 15 15 15 12 15 RV
Nebraska AP RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
Northwestern AP 19 20 RV RV
C 20 20 RV
Ohio State AP RV 22 13 17 14 8 16 13 17 17
C RV 22 13 18 16 9 15 14 16 17 21
Penn State AP RV
C RV
Purdue AP 20 19 18 RV 21 17 16 14 13 5 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 6 9 8 10 11
C 21 21 16 RV 21 17 16 13 12 7 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 7 9 8 10 11 9
Rutgers AP
C
Wisconsin AP RV RV
C RV RV RV

Player of the weekEdit

Throughout the conference regular season, the Big Ten offices named one or two players of the week and one or two freshmen of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week Freshman of the week
November 13, 2017[42] Jordan Murphy, MINN Luka Garza, IOWA
November 20, 2017[43] Jordan Murphy (2), MINN Darryl Morsell, MD
November 27, 2017[44] Jordan Murphy (3), MINN Jaren Jackson Jr., MSU
Brad Davison, WISC
December 4, 2017[45] Isaac Haas, PUR Kaleb Wesson, OSU
December 11, 2017[46] Keita Bates-Diop, OSU Jaren Jackson Jr. (2), MSU
December 18, 2017[47] Juwan Morgan, IND Geo Baker, RUT
December 26, 2017[48] Miles Bridges, MSU Trent Frazier, ILL
January 2, 2018[49] Nick Ward, MSU Luka Garza (2), IOWA
January 8, 2018[50] Keita Bates-Diop (2), OSU Bruno Fernando, MD
January 15, 2018[51] Keita Bates-Diop (3), OSU Jaren Jackson Jr. (3), MSU
January 22, 2018[52] James Palmer Jr., NEB Kaleb Wessen (2), OSU
Carsen Edwards, PUR
January 29, 2018[53] Vincent Edwards, PUR Jaren Jackson Jr. (4), MSU
February 5, 2018[54] Keita Bates-Diop (4), OSU Isaiah Washington, MINN
February 12, 2018[55] Miles Bridges (2), MSU Trent Frazier (2), ILL
February 19, 2018[56] Tony Carr, PSU Bruno Fernando (2), MD
February 26, 2018[57] Carsen Edwards (2), PUR Brad Davison (2), WISC

Early season tournamentsEdit

Eleven of the 14 Big Ten teams participated in early season tournaments. Each team's finish is noted below. Illinois, Indiana, and Rutgers did not participate in a tournament. Eight Big Ten teams participated in the Gavitt Tip-Off Games against Big East Conference teams for the third consecutive year. All Big Ten teams participated in the ACC–Big Ten Challenge against Atlantic Coast Conference teams, the 19th year for the event.

Team Tournament Finish
Iowa Cayman Islands Classic 7th
Maryland Emerald Coast Classic 3rd
Michigan Maui Invitational 5th
Michigan State Phil Knight Invitational Victory Bracket 1st
Minnesota Barclays Center Classic 2–0
Nebraska AdvoCare Invitational 5th
Northwestern Hall of Fame Tip Off Naismith Bracket 2nd
Ohio State Phil Knight Invitational Motion Bracket 6th
Penn State Legends Classic 2nd
Purdue Battle 4 Atlantis 7th
Wisconsin CBE Hall of Fame Classic 4th

Conference matrixEdit

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. Each team played 18 conference games, and at least one game against each opponent.

Illinois Indiana Iowa Maryland Michigan Michigan St Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Ohio St Penn St Purdue Rutgers Wisconsin
vs. Illinois 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–0
vs. Indiana 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
vs. Iowa 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Maryland 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1
vs. Michigan 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1
vs. Michigan St 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2
vs. Minnesota 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0
vs. Nebraska 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2
vs. Northwestern 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
vs. Ohio State 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1
vs. Penn State 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0
vs. Purdue 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1
vs. Rutgers 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1
vs. Wisconsin 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0
Total 4–14 9–9 4–14 8–10 13–5 16–2 4–14 13–5 6–12 15–3 9–9 14–3 3–15 7–11

Honors and awardsEdit

On January 9, 2018, Keita Bates-Diop was recognized as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[58] On January 15, Purdue was named NCAA.com team of the Week.[59] On February 26, Carsen Edwards was named NCAA.com National Player of the Week.[60]

All-Big Ten awards and teamsEdit

On February 26, 2018, the Big Ten announced most of its conference awards.[9]

Honor Coaches Media
Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Coach of the Year Chris Holtmann, Ohio State Chris Holtmann, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State Not Selected
Sixth Man of the Year Duncan Robinson, Michigan Not Selected
All-Big Ten First Team Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Miles Bridges, Michigan State Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Tony Carr, Penn State Tony Carr, Penn State
Carsen Edwards, Purdue Carsen Edwards, Purdue
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
All-Big Ten Second Team Vincent Edwards, Purdue Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin Juwan Morgan, Indiana
Juwan Morgan, Indiana Jordan Murphy, Minnesota
Jae'Sean Tate, Ohio State James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
Moritz Wagner, Michigan Moritz Wagner, Michigan
All-Big Ten Third Team Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland
Isaac Haas, Purdue Isaac Haas, Purdue
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota Nick Ward, Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State Cassius Winston, Michigan State
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan
Leron Black, Illinois Leron Black, Illinois
Tyler Cook, Iowa Jordan Bohannon, Iowa
Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska Tyler Cook, Iowa
Kevin Huerter, Maryland Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska
Robert Johnson, Indiana Trent Frazier, Illinois
Nate Mason, Minnesota Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Dakota Mathias, Purdue Nate Mason, Minnesota
Lamar Stevens, Penn State Dakota Mathias, Purdue
Nick Ward, Michigan State Bryant McIntosh
Not Selected Derek Pardon, Northwestern
Not Selected Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Not Selected Jas'Sean Tate, Ohio State
Mike Watkins, Penn State Mike Watkins, Penn State
All-Freshman Team Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State Not Selected
Trent Frazier, Illinois
Bruno Fernando, Maryland
Kaleb Wessen, Ohio State
Brad Davison, Wisconsin
All-Defensive Team Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland Not Selected
Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
Josh Reaves, Penn State
Mike Watkins, Penn State
Dakota Mathias, Purdue

USBWAEdit

On March 6, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2017–18 Men's All-District Teams, based upon voting from its national membership. There were nine regions from coast to coast, and a player and coach of the year were selected in each. The following lists all the Big Ten representatives selected within their respective regions.[61]

NABCEdit

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District teams on March 13, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the selections on this list were then eligible for NABC Coaches' All-America Honors. The following list represented the District 7 players chosen to the list.[62]

Other awardsEdit

Keita Bates-Diop (1st team), Miles Bridges (2nd team) were selected as consensus 2018 All-American and Carsen Edwards earned several All- American recognitions.[63] Edwards won the Jerry West Award.[64]

PostseasonEdit

Big Ten TournamentEdit

  First round
Wednesday, February 28
Second round
Thursday, March 1
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 2
Semifinals
Saturday, March 3
CBS
Championship
Sunday, March 4
CBS
                                               
1 Michigan State 63  
    9 Wisconsin 60  
8 Maryland 54
9 Wisconsin 59  
  1 Michigan State 64  
  5 Michigan 75  
4 Nebraska 58
    5 Michigan 77  
5 Michigan 77*
    12 Iowa 71  
12 Iowa 96
13 Illinois 87  
5 Michigan 75
3 Purdue 66
2 Ohio State 68  
    7 Penn State 69  
7 Penn State 65
10 Northwestern 57  
  7 Penn State 70
  3 Purdue 78  
3 Purdue 82
    14 Rutgers 75  
6 Indiana 69
    14 Rutgers 76  
11 Minnesota 54
14 Rutgers 65  

* denotes overtime period

NCAA TournamentEdit

The winner of the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan, received the conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Seed Region School First Four First Round Second Round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four Championship
3 West Michigan N/A defeated (14) Montana 61–47 defeated (6) Houston 64–63 defeated (7) Texas A&M 99–72 defeated (9) Florida State 58–54 defeated (11) Loyola–Chicago 69–57 eliminated by (1) Villanova 62–79
3 Midwest Michigan State N/A defeated (14) Bucknell 82–78 eliminated by (11) Syracuse 53–55
5 West Ohio State N/A defeated (12) South Dakota State 81–73 eliminated by (4) Gonzaga 84–90
2 East Purdue N/A defeated (15) Cal State Fullerton 74–58 defeated (10) Butler 76–73 eliminated by (3) Texas Tech 65–78
W–L (%): 0–0 (–) 4–0 (1.000) 2–2 (.500) 1–1 (.500) 1–0 (1.000) 1–0 (1.000) 0–1 (.000) Total: 9–4 (.692)

National Invitation TournamentEdit

Two Big Ten teams received invitations to the National Invitation Tournament: Nebraska and Penn State.[7] Penn State won the championship.[8]

Seed Bracket School First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
5 Baylor Nebraska eliminated by Mississippi State 59–66
4 Notre Dame Penn State defeated Temple 63–57 defeated Notre Dame 73–63 defeated Marquette 85–80 defeated Mississippi State 75–60 defeated Utah 82–66
W–L (%): 1–1 (.500) 1–0 (1.000) 1–0 (1.000) 1–0 (1.000) 1–0 (1.000) Total: 5–1 (.833)

2018 NBA draftEdit

The following All-Big Ten selections were listed as seniors: Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate, Purdue's Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas. Additionally, Michigan State's Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. announced that they would enter the draft and sign with an agent.[65][66][67] Penn State's Tony Carr also announced he would enter the draft and sign with and agent.[68] Moritz Wagner hired an agent.[69] Several other players announced that they would test the draft process, but did not hire an agent, including Wisconsin's Ethan Happ,[70] Purdue's Carsen Edwards,[71] Nebraska's James Palmer Jr.,[72] Michigan State's Nick Ward,[73] Michigan's Charles Matthews,[74] and Indiana's Juwan Morgan.[75] These players all withdrew from the draft and returned to school.

Four 2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season players were drafted in the first round of the 2018 draft (Jaren Jackson Jr. — 4th, Bridges — 12th, Kevin Huerter — 19th, Wagner — 25th)[76] and eight were drafted overall in the draft (Justin Jackson — 43rd, Bates-Diop — 48th, Carr — 51st, Edwards — 52nd).[77][78]

Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Team School
1 4 Jaren Jackson Jr. PF Memphis Grizzlies Michigan State (Fr.)
1 12 Miles Bridges SF Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit, traded to Charlotte) Michigan State (So.)
1 19 Kevin Huerter SG Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota) Maryland (So.)
1 25 Moritz Wagner PF Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland via Portland and Cleveland) Michigan (Jr.)
2 43 Justin Jackson SF Denver Nuggets (from L.A. Clippers via Philadelphia and New York) Maryland (So.)
2 48 Keita Bates-Diop SF Minnesota Timberwolves Ohio State (Jr.)
2 51 Tony Carr PG New Orleans Pelicans (previously from Chicago
via New Orleans, Miami, and New Orleans)
Penn State (So.)
2 52 Vincent Edwards SF Utah Jazz Purdue (Sr.)

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