Ohio State And The Big Ten Tournament: What You Need To Know

Ohio State And The Big Ten Tournament: What You Need To Know

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Ohio State And The Big Ten Tournament: What You Need To Know


We’re just about to kick off another edition of the Big Ten Tournament. Here are some facts, opinion and thoughts on the whole thing and how Ohio State is connected to it.


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Ohio State And The Big Ten Tournament: What You Need To Know

Here at Buckeye Wire, we thought it would be good to set the table for you on this whole Big Ten postseason basketball thing. So here are some thoughts, facts and honest opinion about the tournament in general, and some of what the Buckeyes’ role and place in tournament history has been.

For this installment, OSU gets things started on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. It’ll take on the winner of Penn State and Northwestern from the previous day.

  • This will be the twenty-first Big Ten Tournament. The first one was held in 1998, with No. 4 seed Michigan taking home the trophy by beating No. 3 seed Purdue 76-67 (though the Wolverines’ title was later vacated).
  • The first four Big Ten Tournaments were held in Chicago at the United Center. After that, the suits decided to rotate it between Chicago and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis through 2007. It would then be in one of those two venues up until last year.
  • Last year (Washington D.C.), and this year (Madison Square Garden), are the only two years the tournament has been held outside of the two cities.
  • All told, Indianapolis has hosted the tournament twelve times, and Chicago eleven.
  • Michigan State has the most Big Ten Tournament championships with five total. Ohio State is next with four — though one other was vacated (2002) because of the Jim O’Brien fiasco.
  • Only seven programs have won the title. Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers are still waiting for their first championship.
  • Ohio State’s all time record in the tournament is 26-13, which leads all teams in winning percentage (.667). Michigan State is next at 28-15 (.651).
  • The Buckeyes have appeared in the championship game more than any other program (8). Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin each have six appearances for second place.
  • Only four teams have an above .500 record in the tournament. Those teams would be Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • The No. 1 seed has the best record in the tournament as you would expect, going 33-11 (.750). It also has won the most championships, winning it eight out of the twenty times.
  • The lowest seed to win the tournament was the No. 8 Wolverines last year. It won four games in four days to take the title.
  • No team has won more than two titles in a row. Both Ohio State (2010-2011) and Michigan State (1999-2000) accomplished the feat.
  • Ohio State’s Thad Matta owns the best winning percentage of any coach involved in the Big Ten Tournament, with a 23-9 record (.719). Ilinois’ Bill Self is second with a 5-2 record (.714), but has a small sample size. MSU’s Tom Izzo has compiled a 28-15 record (.651).
  • This will be the earliest the Big Ten Tournament has ever been held. It was moved up in the calendar to accommodate for open dates at Madison Square Garden.
  • The tournament will go back to alternating between the United Center in Chicago and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis next year. It’ll be back in Chicago next year and alternate between the two cities through 2022.

 

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