Big Ten releases 2014 men's tournament bracket

Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 17th annual event will be played March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


After winning the outright Big Ten crown for the first time since 1986 with a 15-3 conference record, Michigan is the tournament’s top seed and will open play at noon ET on Friday.

Wisconsin and Michigan State finished the year with matching 12-6 marks, but the Badgers’ head-to-head win over the Spartans on Feb. 9 gave them the No. 2 seed. Wisconsin opens play at 6:30 p.m. Friday and earns a first-round bye for the 14th straight season, the longest streak in conference history. Michigan State is the No. 3 seed and begins tournament play at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday.

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Nebraska, which knocked off the Badgers on Sunday night to earn the No. 4 seed with an 11-7 conference record, begin postseason play at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

The opening session of the 2014 event begins at noon on Thursday, when No. 8 Indiana faces No. 9 Illinois and No. 5 Ohio State takes on No. 12 Purdue, with both games airing on BTN.

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Ace on 3/9/2014 @ 11:01pm EST Said:

How did they decide on IU being #8 over Illinois since they have same amount of conferences wins, split head to head games, but Illinois has more overall wins.

Jim on 3/10/2014 @ 11:26am EST Said:

Can MSU still get it together?

Born_Green on 3/10/2014 @ 2:20pm EST Said:

Jim I honestly think so… If you think of how they played their last 2 games..they are already eating it back together…they stayed at #22 in the polls for a reason, because they only lost by 2 in a hostile OSU environment and played pretty darn well besides the last 4 minutes…looking at the above bracket, My predictions Iowa plays MSU, MSU beats Iowa, then they play Wisconsin, MSU beats Wisconsin cuz they will be angry from the last time out…but then on the top line i think either MSU plays Indiana, Nebraska, Or Michigan for the Championship, My hope is that they play Michigan and show them who the real champ is, but hey…this is March and I’m sure madness will ensue…but regardless Jim, never count out Izzo in March!

Born_Green on 3/10/2014 @ 2:21pm EST Said:

getting*

Larry Guy on 3/10/2014 @ 5:21pm EST Said:

Nebraska is the darkhorse to win the Big Ten title.

Big Guy on 3/10/2014 @ 5:58pm EST Said:

IU will crush Illinois. Then come out to beat Michigan like they should have. Then play Nebraska and win. They will play Michigan State for the championship.

Big Guy on 3/10/2014 @ 6:01pm EST Said:

The reason IU is ranked above Illinois is because they more good wins.

B wall on 3/10/2014 @ 6:25pm EST Said:

Indiana will lose to winner of Ohio State/Nebraska. If they win somehow… Put them in the dance. They only play to their opponent. Plenty of solid wins and performances vs top 50 teams. Their losses are to bottom tier teams which is just hard to understand. Consistent vs real competiton.

Terrance on 3/10/2014 @ 6:31pm EST Said:

The real champ, huh? The team that won the conference by 3 full games seems like the real champ to me…

sounder on 3/10/2014 @ 6:50pm EST Said:

IU had the better home record in conference, it makes no sense but that’s the tie breaker

MEEEESHigan on 3/10/2014 @ 7:06pm EST Said:

Ace…a little digging on the Big Ten site says in in a two-team tie, after head-to-head it goes to record against the best conference team (and then down the conference).

Born_Green on 3/10/2014 @ 7:47pm EST Said:

yes terrance when you play in a bracket in march you determine real champions by playing out to win…not by default

    Jim Myers on 3/10/2014 @ 9:39pm EST Said:

    A wild 4 days in the big ten GO GREEN

Brudah Zacharias on 3/10/2014 @ 8:44pm EST Said:

there are at least 9 other coaches better than clappy the clown in this tourn.

Brian on 3/10/2014 @ 9:33pm EST Said:

I really like the buckeyes as a 5 seed! I can see them making all the way to the tournament championhip game!

Nate Drake on 3/10/2014 @ 10:14pm EST Said:

Yeah Born Green, I guess going to the National Championship, beating MSU twice this year, and winning an outright Big Ten title aren’t enough to convince you that just maybe Michigan is the better team right now.

    Jim Myers on 3/11/2014 @ 1:08pm EST Said:

    I still have HOPE GO GREEN.

    Born_Green on 3/11/2014 @ 1:12pm EST Said:

    yeah they went…but did they win? no they didn’t….therefore I’m not convinced…MSU was the last team to win it for the B1G…they are getting better…but still nowhere near there success that the Green and White know on a year in year out basis!

Michael Manser on 3/10/2014 @ 10:32pm EST Said:

Could someone on BTN tell us you had the toughest conf. schedule. With not all teams playing a home and home, would find it interesting to see that

Austin on 3/10/2014 @ 11:04pm EST Said:

Clappy* and beilein lost two NBA players*

August111871 on 3/10/2014 @ 11:56pm EST Said:

If Michigan can get past a scrappy Indiana team in round 2, they should win it. Other than that, i would say Wisconsin

Adam on 3/11/2014 @ 1:50am EST Said:

On Wisconsin!!

Cam on 3/11/2014 @ 8:33am EST Said:

I think Iowa has a little chance to beat MSU, because MSU is playing well besides they’re game vs Ohio State, that they should have won.

Mike Worden on 3/11/2014 @ 10:43am EST Said:

I am a Michigan fan but I do love Tom Izzo just one good coach so I would not count them out just yet but still rooting for U of M GO BLUE

John Lawrence on 3/11/2014 @ 12:41pm EST Said:

You cannot reason with a sparty fan.They are
incapable of reality based thinking.

R Bishop on 3/11/2014 @ 2:53pm EST Said:

John, You can reason with Spartans, but maybe not Born Green. I think the 18-game conference schedule winner is the champion — as much as I hate to say it this year. Michigan won it by three games. That’s solid, and Beilein and Nebraska’s coach should share Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. The conference tourney is fluff and money, and a chance for a hot upstart to make it to the NCAA tourney, solidify seeds for others, etc.

craig Ron Dayne the ball carrier First Down Wisconsin on 3/11/2014 @ 4:39pm EST Said:

based solely on the entire body of work versus top 25 teams and their wins against those teams it is between Wisconsin and Michigan if you include neutral floor games it is Wisconsin so now it remains to be seen if any of this matters in Indianapolis

Bob Jones on 3/11/2014 @ 4:39pm EST Said:

Should be a wild finish, how about Nebraska and Wisconsin in the title game?

Negele on 3/12/2014 @ 6:21am EST Said:

Based on conference play, Michigan had the toughest schedule.
They played Wisconsin, MSU, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota twice and the one Ohio State game was on the road.
They went 9-2 in those games.
The schools with losing records like Northwestern, Penn State and Illinois, they playd just once.
Wisconsin played MSU just once and that was at home.
MSU didn’t play at Nebraska.
Nebraska played MSU just once.
Ohio State didn’t play at Michigan.

Dan Gerke on 3/12/2014 @ 9:21am EST Said:

Wouldn’t be surprised if any of the top four seeds plus OSU or Nebraska won it all. The two MI teams or Wisconsin are the safest bets.

Aggravated Purdue Fan on 3/12/2014 @ 11:49am EST Said:

Yea but Michigan played Purdue twice this year. That is at least a one game gimmy..

Spartandawg on 3/12/2014 @ 1:37pm EST Said:

MSU will win it and wishigan is not better GO GREEN

logan on 3/12/2014 @ 3:08pm EST Said:

I think if IU comes to play every game in the tourney, they should win it. IU has had an up and down season with key wins against numerous top 25 ranked opponents and a few losses that should have been wins! They have the talent but they’re such a young team and besides this is the BIG10. It could be anyone’s this year!!!!

Darrel Hoffman on 3/12/2014 @ 6:30pm EST Said:

Can MSU get it together? NO! They have no heart. They’ll lose to Iowa, go home and cry some more, get bounced in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and then the losers who think they’ll go to the NBA will find out that their lack of play because they feared getting hurt again will cost them in going to the NBA. Thanks, Payne, Appling, Harris, and Brandon for a flop of a season because of your lack of heart.

BlueBalled on 3/13/2014 @ 7:29am EST Said:

Spartans holding on to a championship they won 14 years ago laughable. Michigan has won 6 of the last 8 against you. Keep yourselves in denial, it will help prevent you from getting better.

the great u of m on 3/13/2014 @ 11:11am EST Said:

i hate msu…you know why msu has been good for 15 years because big brother hit snooze…

6 0f 8 and oh by the way we have like a 20 game lead in the overall… so lets have some perspective…

not just a flash in the pan….

knowledge on 3/13/2014 @ 1:05pm EST Said:

@born green
Really? Show UM who the real champ is? You mean the actual champ – who won by 3 games, including 2-0 vs msu – isn’t the real champ? A team that lost 7 of their last 12 games is the real champ, huh? Hilarious.
Believe me, UM is hoping they get staee as well.

Tom Twice on 3/13/2014 @ 4:11pm EST Said:

no shot Nebraska

Dionne on 3/14/2014 @ 4:49pm EST Said:

If they MSU can win tonight I’m Looking forward to a MSU/MICH game on sunday.

Doug on 3/16/2014 @ 1:31am EST Said:

hey darrell hoffman good call, MSU is in the title game playing their best ball all season. And Michigan fans have been holding on to that shared 1997 football title so MSU Fans can’t be happy about the 2000 title and 6 final fours the last 15 years while it took Michigan 24 years to get one final four ?