After four days of Big Ten basketball in Indianapolis, six Big Ten men’s teams move on to the NCAA tournament. Michigan State lands the No. 1 seed in the West and plays Long Island University (Friday, 9:20 p.m. ET), while Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in East and faces Loyola (Md.) (Thursday, 9:50 p.m.). Wisconsin scored a No. 4 seed in East and plays Montana (Thursday, 2:10 p.m.), and Michigan gets a No. 4 seed and plays Ohio University (Friday, 7:20 p.m.)
With 11 games over four days, there was a lot to watch and digest at the 15th Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. There were highs and lows as well as good and bad from the first game to the final game.
The 15th edition of the Big Ten tourney was a resounding success, drawing the highest four-day attendance in the event’s history in Indianapolis. Even better, the title game featured two of the conference’s regular-season champs and came down to the final seconds. Michigan State was the last team standing. Throughout the tourney’s 11 games, BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina watched for the best highlights and compiled a top 10 list. See Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights in this post. Don’t agree? Write you top play in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.
Michigan State and Ohio State battled for most of the game during this Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, and that was no surprise. These two powerful teams split their two-game series during the regular season with each team winning a game on the road. But in the end, Michigan State outlasted the Buckeyes and survived 16 lead changes to win the tourney title, 68-64.
Jared Sullinger scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds to lift No. 7 Ohio State to a 77-55 win over No. 13 Michigan on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas both had good games for Ohio State (27-6). Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.