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Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team

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All-Tournament Team
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin

Most Outstanding Player
Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Let the Confetti Fly!!!

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Congratulations to head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans -- the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Champions!

The Spartans defeated Ohio State 68-64 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday, earning their third Big Ten Tournament title.  MSU has now won the tournament crown in each of the three years it has advanced to the finals, including 1999 and 2000.

All-Tournament Team Named

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Green-All-Tournament.jpgThe following is the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team, as selected by the media:

All-Tournament Team
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Brandon Wood, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota

Most Outstanding Player
Draymond Green, Michigan State


A New Tourney Attendance Record

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BLF Exterior.JPGThank you to all of our wonderful fans who attended the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament this past week.  With a Championship Game crowd of 17,125, the tournament's total attendance was 107,737 -- the highest total for any BTT held in Indianapolis.

20 Down, 20 To Go

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We're at halftime of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship game, with Michigan State holding a 34-32 advantage over Ohio State.

Some of the key stats that stand out...

  • MSU (14-of-28) is shooting 50 percent from the field, while OSU (13-of-29) is at 44.8.
  • MSU holds a 7-to-1 advantage in assists.
  • OSU has committed 6 turnovers, compared to MSU's 3, while the Spartans have scored 11 points off those MSU turnovers.
  • OSU (0-for-6) has yet to hit from 3-point land.
  • OSU's William Buford leads all scorers with 10 points.
  • MSU is led by Draymond Green and Brandon Wood with 7 points each.


Getting Ready for the Big Game

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Pep0.JPGPrior to the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship game between Michigan State and Ohio States, fans of both schools joined together outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a pregame pep rally.

Pep2.JPGBoth bands and mascots were in attendance at the event, which also featured face painting and several pop-a-shot and cornhole games for fans.

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Youth Marathon in 51 Days

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While the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K is a wonderful event for Big Ten fans and the local Indianapolis community to take part in, the Indiana Sports Corporation and the Big Ten Local Organizing Committee have gone the extra step to involve the area youth.



As part of the Youth Initiative of the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K, nearly 150 youth participants ran an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of 5K course) Sunday to complete their Marathon in 51 Days.



More than 2,500 youth have participated in the program, which calls for running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days.



Great Day for Big Ten Hoops Day 5K!

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5KMascots.JPGIn what has become a staple of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, the fourth annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K took place Sunday morning under beautiful and mild sunny skies outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse -- site of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Championship game later today.



Both the Michigan State and Ohio State pep bands were in attendance prior to the race, going through several songs to energize a pack of 1,500 runners and walkers.



The race began around 11 a.m. local time and covered a 3.2-mile circuit in downtown Indianapolis, passing several restaurants that participated in the Big Ten Restaurant Pairings.



The finish line was moved this year to Georgia Street, located just outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Here a pack of runners cross the finish line sporting many of their favorite Big Ten school colors.




Follow the Tournament Final

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We are set for the championship final of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

There are several ways to follow today's action. If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to tune into CBS or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's championship final!

Game 11: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Ohio State: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

The Stage is Set

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BTTTrophy.JPGThe stage is set for Championship Sunday.

Who wants it more?

No. 1 seed Michigan State (26-7) and No. 3 seed Ohio State (27-6) will battle Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship.

This will be the Spartans' third trip to the tournament final, having won the previous two trips in 1999 (as the No. 1 seed) and 2000 (No. 2).

Ohio State makes its sixth appearance overall, as the Buckeyes reached the finals in 2003 (No. 8), 2006 (No. 1), 2007 (No. 1), 2009 (No. 5), 2010 (No. 1) and 2012 (No. 3).  The Buckeyes won two of those championship games (2010, 2011) and finished runners-up in the other three.

In Big Ten Tournament play, the Spartans and Buckeyes have played three times.  In 2003, No. 8 Ohio State topped No. 5 Michigan State 55-54, in the semifinals, while fourth-seeded Michigan State ousted fifth-seeded OSU in the 2008 quarterfinals.  The following year, No. 5 Ohio State defeated top-seeded Michigan State 82-70 in semifinal action.

This season, the two teams split on the road.  Michigan State captured a 58-48 result in Columbus on Feb. 11, but dropped a 72-70 home contest to the Buckeyes on March 4, the last day of the regular season.


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