staff, March 4, 2012

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.

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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.