Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, March 9, 2015
The Big Ten tournament bracket is set, and the 18th annual event will tip off Wednesday at the United Center.
This year's tourney is the first with 14 teams and 13 games, as the field expanded for the second time in four years with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.
Before the action starts, I've compiled 10 fun numbers from the 17-year history of the tournament.
See all of the numbers below.
.750 – Winning percentage of No. 1 seeds, which have gone 30-10.
.365 – Winning percentage of Indiana and Purdue (19-33), despite the event being held in their home state nine times.
12.2 – Average margin of victory in the 17 Big Ten tourney title games.
9 – Ohio State's Big Ten tourney title game appearances, counting vacated 2002 season, three more than the next team (Illinois)
7 – Teams that have won the event (Ohio State* 5; Michigan State – 4; Illinois, Iowa & Wisconsin – 2; Michigan** & Purdue – 1)
6 & 11 – Highest seed to win tournament (Iowa – 2001); highest seed to make final (Illinois – 1999)
5 – Consecutive Big Ten tourney titles won by Michigan State or Ohio State entering 2015 tourney.
4 – Tourney championship game defeats for Illinois and Ohio State, the most of any teams.
3 – Wins by the lowest seed – No. 11 from 1998 to 2011 and No. 12 from 2012-14 – all of which came from the 1999 Illinois team that advanced to the title game.
0 – Number of multiple Most Outstanding Player winners; Michigan State's Branden Dawson, the 2014 winner, will attempt to be the first.
A couple random facts: This year's event is at the United Center, where Ohio State has won each of the last two times (2007, 2013). Speaking of the Buckeyes, they have won or advanced to the title game in the last four events played in odd years.
* — Ohio State's 2002 Big Ten tourney title was vacated.
** — Michigan's 1998 Big Ten tourney title was vacated.