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. 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. As a result, the conference season began on December 1, 2017 and concluded on February 25, 2018. Each team played one road game and one home conference game in the first week of December. With a win over Wisconsin on February 25, 2018, Michigan State clinched the outright Big Ten championship, their eighth under Tom Izzo.
|2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season|
|League||NCAA Division I|
|Number of teams||14|
|TV partner(s)||Big Ten Network, ESPN, Fox, FS1 CBS|
|2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Regular season champions||Michigan State|
|Runners-up||Purdue and Ohio State|
|Season MVP||Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State|
|Top scorer||Keita Bates-Diop|
|Finals MVP||Moritz Wagner|
|2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|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|
|† 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. 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. 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. Penn State won the NIT championship.
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. 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.
|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|
|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|
- 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.
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. Michigan State was a unanimous selection to win the conference, receiving all 28 votes. The Spartans' Miles Bridges was also a unanimous selection for Preseason Player of the Year.
Preseason conference pollEdit
|1||Michigan State (28)|
|(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.
|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|
Below is a table of notable preseason watch lists.
|Jordan Bohannon, Iowa|||
|Miles Bridges, Michigan State|||
|Vincent Edwards, Purdue|||
|Isaac Haas, Purdue|||
|Ethan Happ, Wisconsin|||
|Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State|||
|Justin Jackson, Maryland|||
|Nate Mason, Minnesota|||
|Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern|||
|Jordan Murphy, Minnesota|||
|Moritz Wagner, Michigan|||
|Nick Ward, Michigan State|||
Preseason national pollsEdit
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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. 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. 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|
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. On January 15, Purdue was named NCAA.com team of the Week. On February 26, Carsen Edwards was named NCAA.com National Player of the Week.
All-Big Ten awards and teamsEdit
On February 26, 2018, the Big Ten announced most of its conference awards.
|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|
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.
|District II (NY, NJ, DE, DC, PA, WV)
|District III (VA, NC, SC, MD)
|District V (OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, WI)
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
|District VI (IA, MO, KS, OK, NE, ND, SD)
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.
Keita Bates-Diop (1st team), Miles Bridges (2nd team) were selected as consensus 2018 All-American and Carsen Edwards earned several All- American recognitions. Edwards won the Jerry West Award.
Big Ten TournamentEdit
Wednesday, February 28
Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2
Saturday, March 3
Sunday, March 4
* denotes overtime period
|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
|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. Penn State's Tony Carr also announced he would enter the draft and sign with and agent. Moritz Wagner hired an agent. Several other players announced that they would test the draft process, but did not hire an agent, including Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, Purdue's Carsen Edwards, Nebraska's James Palmer Jr., Michigan State's Nick Ward, Michigan's Charles Matthews, and Indiana's Juwan Morgan. 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) and eight were drafted overall in the draft (Justin Jackson — 43rd, Bates-Diop — 48th, Carr — 51st, Edwards — 52nd).
|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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