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2022 Big Ten Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

Indiana, Michigan, and Rutgers (despite being seeded fourth) are all in varying levels of bubble trouble heading to Indianapolis. While the top three seeds managed to finish at least two games better than the rest of the conference, five teams finished either 12-8 or 11-9 in Big Ten play. That could portend a very competitive week.

The 2022 Big Ten Conference Tournament field in logos.
Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net (teams) and Wikipedia.(conference).

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2022 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Basics

Dates

Wednesday, March 9 (first round); Thursday, March 10 (second round); Friday, March 11 (quarterfinals); Saturday, March 12 (semifinals); Sunday, March 13 (championship)

Format

Traditional bracket

Site

The Big Ten Tournament is back in Indianapolis, as the Gainbridge Fieldhouse continues to alternate with Chicago’s United Center as the host site.

TV/Streaming Info

As usual, CBS has Saturday’s semifinals and Selection Sunday’s championship game, with BTN airing the first three rounds in their entirety.

Participants

All 14 Big Ten teams will play in this season’s tournament.

Downloadable Bracket

Schedule

First Round (Wed., March 9)

Game 1: (13) Nebraska (10-22, 4-16) 69, (12) Northwestern 71
Game 2: (14) Minnesota (13-17, 4-16) 51, (11) Penn State 60

Second Round (Thurs., March 10)

Game 3: (9) Indiana 74, (8) Michigan (17-14, 11-9) 69
Game 4: (12) Northwestern (15-16, 7-13) 76, (5) Iowa 112
Game 5: (10) Maryland (15-17, 7-13) 72, (7) Michigan State 72
Game 6: (11) Penn State 71, (6) Ohio State (19-11, 12-8) 68

Quarterfinals (Fri., March 11)

Game 7: (9) Indiana 65, (1) Illinois (22-9, 15-5) 63
Game 8: (5) Iowa 84, (4) Rutgers (18-13, 12-8) 74
Game 9: (7) Michigan State 69, (2) Wisconsin (24-7, 15-5) 63
Game 10: (11) Penn State (14-17, 7-13) 61, (3) Purdue 69

Semifinals (Sat., March 12)

Game 11: (9) Indiana (20-13, 9-11) 77, (5) Iowa 80
Game 12: (7) Michigan State (22-12, 11-9) 70, (3) Purdue 76

Championship (Sun., March 13)

Game 13: (5) IOWA (26-9, 12-8) 75, (3) Purdue (27-7, 14-6) 66

Mayhem Potential

Data originally posted by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

Seven of the last 10 Big Ten Tournaments have been won by either the 1 or 2 seed, with the 4, 6, 7, and all seeds from 9 down being shut out.

  • 1 seed (4): 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
  • 2 seed (3): 2013, 2016, 2021
  • 3 seed (1); 2014
  • 5 seed (1): 2018
  • 8 seed (1): 2017

NCAA Bid Totals Since 2011

  • 9 Bids (1): 2021 (8-9 record, 14 teams)
  • 8 bids (1): 2019 (13-8 record, 14 teams)
  • 7 bids (5): 2011 (7-7 record, 11 teams), 2013 (14-7 record, 12 teams), 2015 (12-7, 14 teams), 2016 (8-7 record, 14 teams), 2017 (8-7 record, 14 teams)
  • 6 bids (2): 2012 (11-6 record, 12 teams), 2014 (10-6 record, 12 teams)
  • 4 bids (1): 2018 (3-9 record, 14 teams)

In 2021, the Big Ten broke 2019’s record haul of 8 bids by claiming one more. Of course, that followed a season when the conference was on course to place 10 teams in a canceled event However, it was a lackluster 2021 NCAA Tournament for the league despite playing in the middle of its footprint, as only Michigan made it to the second weekend, falling in the Elite Eight.

Last Conference Tournament Championships

Illinois: 2021 (2 seed)
Michigan State: 2019 (1 seed)
Michigan: 2018 (5 seed)
Wisconsin: 2015 (1 seed)
Ohio State: 2013 (2 seed)
Purdue: 2009 (3 seed)
Iowa: 2006 (2 seed)
Maryland: 2004 (6 seed, ACC)
Nebraska: 1994 (4 seed, Big Eight)
Penn State: 1991 (3 seed, Atlantic 10)
Rutgers: 1989 (3 seed, Atlantic 10)

Remember the Big Ten Tournament only started in 1998, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that long-term members Indiana, Minnesota, and Northwestern haven’t picked up a single conference tournament title (though it is a mild shock in the Hoosiers’ case). Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, and Rutgers all won titles when members of previous conferences, however.