Big Ten men's basketball tourney bracket released

The Big Ten released the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night following a wild final day of action. The tournament tips at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in tournament history and the first time since 2009, finishing the conference slate with a 13-5 record. No. 2 Michigan (13-5), No. 3 Ohio State (13-5) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-6) also earned first-round byes. See the official bracket in this post.

Also, read senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant Big Ten tourney analysis, see Brent Yarina’s top 10 plays of the week and hear Gus Johnson’s best calls from the season.


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4dorr on 3/5/2012 @ 8:13am EDT Said:

The B1G is very deep, there are 6 teams that can go toe to toe with anyone in the nation and win.

I can see the Sweet 16 stacked with these teams.

Go Bucks, win it all.

Shawn on 3/5/2012 @ 1:38pm EDT Said:

Why isn’t this bracket posted on the HOME page? staff on 3/5/2012 @ 2:10pm EDT Said:

    There are several links to it on the home page. An there many links to posts with he bracket embedded in it. That’s the best we have right now. Direct link to one of those pages: Right here.

randall on 3/5/2012 @ 2:20pm EDT Said:

why is ohio st. a 3 seed? staff on 3/5/2012 @ 2:38pm EDT Said:

    In case of a tie for any place finish in the regular-season standings, the following tie-breaking procedure shall be followed in order to seed teams in the tournament bracket:

    1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular-season.

    a. When comparing records against the tied teams, the team with the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0).

    b. After the top team among the tied teams is determined, the second team is ranked by its record among the original tied teams, not the head-to-head record vs. the remaining team(s).

    2. If the remaining teams are still tied, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

    a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.

    b. When comparing records against a single team or group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0).

    3. Won-loss percentage of Division I opponents.

    4. Coin toss conducted by Commissioner or designee.

    Full details at

Trevor on 3/8/2012 @ 8:27pm EDT Said:

Why are you replaying indiana vs penn state game on bigten network while purdue vs nabraska are playing? Makes no sense, and why are you not showing the michigan state game at noon tomorrow? They are #1 seed and the game is not on the big ten channel? Again makes no sense. staff on 3/8/2012 @ 8:30pm EDT Said:

    Trevor, tonight’s games are on ESPN2, not BTN. ESPN2 holds the rights to those games. BTN aired the two early games today. Tomorrow’s two early games beginning with Michigan State vs. Iowa are on ESPN. Friday night’s two quarterfinals are on BTN. Hope that clears things up for you.