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2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Big Ten Conference of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was held from February 28 through March 4, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[1] Due to the Big East's use of that venue for their conference tournament, the Big Ten Tournament took place one week earlier than usual, ending the week before Selection Sunday.[2]

2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Logo.svg
2018 Tournament logo
ClassificationDivision I
Season2017–18
Teams14
SiteMadison Square Garden
New York City, NY
ChampionsMichigan (2nd title)
Winning coachJohn Beilein (2nd title)
MVPMoritz Wagner (Michigan)
Attendance106,157
TelevisionBTN, CBS
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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

Michigan defeated Purdue in the championship game to win their second consecutive tournament championship.[3] As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The tournament was the second Big Ten Conference Tournament held outside the conference's traditional heartland in the Midwest following the 2017 Tournament held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

SeedsEdit

All 14 Big Ten schools participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records. The top 10 teams received a first round bye and the top four teams received a double bye. Tiebreaking procedures remained unchanged from the 2017 Tournament.[4]

Seed School Conf. Tiebreaker 1 Tiebreaker 2 Tiebreaker 3 Tiebreaker 4 Tiebreaker 5
1 Michigan State 16–2
2 Ohio State 15–3 1–0 vs Pur
3 Purdue 15–3 0–1 vs OSU
4 Nebraska 13–5 1–0 vs Mich
5 Michigan 13–5 0–1 vs Neb
6 Indiana 9–9 1–0 vs PSU
7 Penn State 9–9 0–1 vs Ind
8 Maryland 8–10
9 Wisconsin 7–11
10 Northwestern 6–12
11 Minnesota 4–14 2–1 vs Iowa/Ill 0–1 vs MSU 0–3 vs OSU/Pur 0–4 vs Neb/Mich 1–2 vs Ind/PSU
12 Iowa 4–14 2–1 vs Minn/Ill 0–1 vs MSU 0–3 vs OSU/Pur 0–3 vs Neb/Mich 0–4 vs Ind/PSU
13 Illinois 4–14 0–2 vs Minn/Iowa
14 Rutgers 3–15

ScheduleEdit

Session Game Time* Matchup Score Television Attendance
First round – Wednesday, February 28
1 1 5:30 pm No. 13 Illinois vs No. 12 Iowa 87–96 BTN 14,681
2 8:00 pm No. 14 Rutgers vs No. 11 Minnesota 65–54
Second round – Thursday, March 1
2 3 12:00 pm No. 9 Wisconsin vs No. 8 Maryland 59–54 BTN 13,815
4 2:30 pm No. 12 Iowa vs No. 5 Michigan 71–77OT
3 5 6:30 pm No. 10 Northwestern vs No. 7 Penn State 57–65 BTN 13,996
6 9:00 pm No. 14 Rutgers vs No. 6 Indiana 76–69
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 2
4 7 12:00 pm No. 9 Wisconsin vs No. 1 Michigan State 60–63 BTN 14,260
8 2:30 pm No. 5 Michigan vs No. 4 Nebraska 77–58
5 9 6:30 pm No. 7 Penn State vs No. 2 Ohio St. 69–68 BTN 14,530
10 9:00 pm No. 14 Rutgers vs No. 3 Purdue 75–82
Semifinals – Saturday, March 3
6 11 2:00 pm No. 5 Michigan vs No. 1 Michigan State 75–64 CBS 19,812
12 4:30 pm No. 7 Penn St. vs No. 3 Purdue 70–78
Championship – Sunday, March 4
7 13 4:30 pm No. 5 Michigan vs No. 3 Purdue 75–66 CBS 15,063
*Game times in Eastern Time. Rankings denote tournament seed

BracketEdit

  First round
Wednesday, February 28
BTN
Second round
Thursday, March 1
BTN
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 2
BTN
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

Game summariesEdit

First roundEdit

BTN
Feb 28
5:30 pm
No. 13 Illinois 87, No. 12 Iowa 96
Scoring by half: 31–35, 56–61
Pts: K. Nichols 31
Rebs: M. Finke 4
Asts: T. Lucas 8
Pts: J. Bohannon 25
Rebs: L. Garza 8
Asts: J. Bohannon 6
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 14,681
Referees: Terry Wymer, Bo Boroski, Lewis Garrison
BTN
Feb 28
8:00 pm
No. 14 Rutgers 65, No. 11 Minnesota 54
Scoring by half: 34–27, 31–27
Pts: C. Sanders 23
Rebs: D. Freeman 11
Asts: C. Sanders 2
Pts: I. Washington 18
Rebs: J. Murphy 9
Asts: D. McBrayer 3
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 14,681
Referees: Gene Steratore, Paul Szelc, Courtney Green

Second roundEdit

BTN
Mar 1
12:00 pm
No. 9 Wisconsin 59, No. 8 Maryland 54
Scoring by half: 28–26, 31–28
Pts: E. Happ 14
Rebs: E. Happ 7
Asts: B. Davison 2
Pts: K. Huerter 20
Rebs: B. Fernando 9
Asts: A. Cowan Jr. 4
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 13,815
Referees: Terry Wymer, Lamont Simpson, Kelly Pfeifer
BTN
Mar 1
2:30 pm
No. 12 Iowa 71, No. 5 Michigan 77 (OT)
Scoring by half: 40–35, 27–32 Overtime: 4–10
Pts: R. Kriener 14
Rebs: L. Garza 8
Asts: J. Bohannon 5
Pts: C. Matthews 16
Rebs: J. Teske 9
Asts: M. Abdur-Rahkman/Z. Simpson 3
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 13,815
Referees: D.J. Carstensen, Courtney Green, Larry Scirotto
BTN
Mar 1
6:30 pm
No. 10 Northwestern 57, No. 7 Penn State 65
Scoring by half: 30–30, 27–35
Pts: D. Pardon 14
Rebs: B. Benson 9
Asts: B. McIntosh 5
Pts: T. Carr 25
Rebs: J. Reaves 8
Asts: T. Carr 4
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 13,996
BTN
Mar 1
9:00 pm
No. 14 Rutgers 76, No. 6 Indiana 69
Scoring by half: 29–28, 47–41
Pts: C. Sanders 28
Rebs: D. Freeman 8
Asts: C. Sanders 3
Pts: J. Morgan 15
Rebs: J. Morgan 9
Asts: R. Johnson/J. Morgan 4
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 13,996

QuarterfinalsEdit

BTN
Mar 2
12:00 pm
No. 9 Wisconsin 60, No. 1 Michigan State 63
Scoring by half: 32–28, 31–32
Pts: E. Happ 22
Rebs: K. Iverson 5
Asts: B. Davison 5
Pts: M. Bridges 20
Rebs: M. Bridges 9
Asts: C. Winston 5
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 14,260
BTN
Mar 2
2:30 pm
No. 5 Michigan 77, No. 4 Nebraska 58
Scoring by half: 34–24, 43–34
Pts: M. Abdur-Rahkman 21
Rebs: M. Wagner 13
Asts: Z. Simpson 6
Pts: J. Palmer/I. Roby 16
Rebs: I. Roby 7
Asts: G. Watson/J. Palmer 2
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 10,292
BTN
Mar 2
6:30 pm
No. 7 Penn State 69, No. 2 Ohio State 68
Scoring by half: 33–32, 36–36
Pts: T. Carr 25
Rebs: J. Reaves/L. Stevens 7
Asts: T. Carr 5
Pts: K. Bates-Diop 25
Rebs: J. Tate 7
Asts: C. Jackson 6
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
BTN
Mar 2
9:00 pm
No. 14 Rutgers 75, No. 3 Purdue 82
Scoring by half: 38–35, 37–47
Pts: G. Baker 25
Rebs: M. Williams 8
Asts: C. Sanders 4
Pts: C. Edwards/V. Edwards 26
Rebs: I. Hass 10
Asts: D. Mathias 7
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 14,530

SemifinalsEdit

CBS
Mar 3
2:00 pm
No. 1 Michigan State 64, No. 5 Michigan 75
Scoring by half: 29–26, 35–49
Pts: M. Bridges 17
Rebs: 3 tied with 7
Asts: C. Winston 5
Pts: 3 tied with 15
Rebs: M. Wagner 8
Asts: M. Abdur-Rahkman/C. Matthews 3
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 19,812
CBS
Mar 3
4:30 pm
No. 7 Penn State 70, No. 3 Purdue 78
Scoring by half: 31–33, 39–45
Pts: S. Garner 33
Rebs: T. Carr 9
Asts: T. Carr 4
Pts: C. Edwards 27
Rebs: I. Hass 7
Asts: V. Edwards 5
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 19,812

ChampionshipEdit

CBS
Mar 4
4:30 pm
No. 5 Michigan 75, No. 3 Purdue 66
Scoring by half: 38–33, 37–33
Pts: M. Wagner 17
Rebs: Z. Simpson 5
Asts: Z. Simpson 5
Pts: I. Haas 23
Rebs: C. Edwards/I. Haas 8
Asts: C. Edwards/V. Edwards 2
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
Attendance: 15,063

SponsorshipEdit

Financial firm SoFi acquired presenting sponsorship of the tournament as part of a multi-year deal, including signage, presenting sponsorship of BTN telecasts of the tournament, and on-site marketing presences.[5] The Tournament was branded as the 2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi for sponsorship reasons.

All-Tournament TeamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten tournament at MSG in 2018". USA Today. Associated Press. December 9, 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  2. ^ Rexrode, Joe (December 9, 2014). "Izzo concerned about '18 Big Ten tournament in New York". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  3. ^ "Michigan wins Big Ten tournament: Wolverines at it again with 2nd straight title". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball Tournament Tiebreakers". Big Ten Conference. October 26, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. ^ Bassam, Tom (February 6, 2018). "Big Ten hits from downtown with SoFi basketball deal". SportsPro. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  6. ^ "2018 All-Tournament Team". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 4, 2018. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-04.