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MBB: First Session = First Wins?

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sessiononecoaches.jpgAs the first session of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament gets underway this morning, fans will see two conference coaches earn their first Big Ten Tournament victory if the seeds hold up.  In the opener, Fran McCaffery will look to guide his No. 8 seed Iowa ballclub to a win over No. 9 Illinois, which would give McCaffery his first tournament win and bring his overall record in the event to 1-1.  And for the record... Illinois' Bruce Weber is 12-7 in Big Ten Tournament play, including two BTT titles and four runner-up finishes.

Weber also owns a 13-2 mark over the Hawkeyes, while his Fighting Illini have taken the past seven contests against the Hawkeyes and own an 81-66 advantage in the overall series.  This is the first meeting between the two teams in BTT play.

In the second game of the first session, No. 5 Indiana will do battle with No. 12 Penn State.  The Hoosiers' Tom Crean is 0-3 in BTT play, while Penn State's Patrick Chambers is in his first season with the Nittany Lions and obviously looking for his first BTT win as well.

History tells us that Penn State has had Indiana's number in BTT play, but the Hoosiers swept the season series against PSU this year and own an impressive overall record over the Nittany Lions.

This will be the third first-round Big Ten Tournament meeting between the teams in the last four years and fourth overall. Penn State has won the last two, both in Indianapolis. Penn State downed No. 11 seed Indiana, 61-56, in last year's first round game and is 2-1 all-time vs. IU in the Tournament. Indiana swept the season series - winning 88-82 in State College and 73-54 in Bloomington. Indiana leads the all-time series 30-9, but Penn State has won six of the last nine meetings. 

MBB: Thursday's Tip-Off

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Schedule-THURS.JPGIt's finally here!

It's time to tip-off the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.  Four games are on the slate today as you can see by the picture to the right.

There are several ways to follow today's action.  If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to turn on BTN for both Session One games and ESPN2 for both Session Two contests, 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 games!

Game 1:  No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois:  11:30 a.m., BTN, BTN Preview
Game 2:  No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State:  Approx. 2 p.m., BTN, BTN Preview
Game 3:  No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota:  5:30 p.m., ESPN2, BTN Preview
Game 4:  No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska:  Approx. 8 p.m., ESPN2, BTN Preview

Gametracker Links - Thursday

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The 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET today with Iowa-Illinois live on BTN.  For those of you away from a television, we've got other methods of keeping up with today' games.  Below are the gametracker links for each of the four games, along with television information.  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 games!

MBB: Raining Skies, Teary Eyes

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Rain.JPGIt's opening day of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, and so far, we are off to a rainy start.  Heavy rain and falling temps moved into the Indianapolis area early this morning.  Forecasters have said this is merely a part of a large band of rain angling across the U.S. from Texas to New York.  Locals here in Indianapolis, including several morning drive radio stations, are claiming that it is not rain, but rather the collective tears of an Indianapolis community mourning the loss of Peyton Manning, who was released Wednesday after a 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts.  Many attribute Manning's on-field success and impact in the community as the reasons the city was able to build Lucas Oil Stadium -- site of the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship back in December.

As for the weather (and Colts fans' morale), it will get better.  Rain moves out this afternoon and makes way for sunny skies and mild temperatures for the next two days.
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MBB: Sessions Split at the Street

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Crossroads.JPGSession One?  Straight ahead.  Session Two?  Turn Left.

Not that Iowa and Northwestern fans need any help finding Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the fact of the matter is, the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has taken a new direction for its opening round games on Thursday.

With the addition of Nebraska, the 2012 event is formatted differently from those in years past.  This year's event includes four games over two sessions on Thursday, and the top four seeds in the regular-season standings now receive byes into the quarterfinals.

So Hawkeye fans, best of luck in Session One opener against Illinois at 11:30 a.m.  Wildcat fans, prepare to open Session Two versus Minnesota at 5:30 p.m.

MBB: Hungry for Hoops

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ILL-Ram.JPGThe Big Ten University Restaurant Pairings are back by popular demand!

These locations are the place to be before and after your favorite team's tournament games. All pairings are located just blocks from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The host establishments with their Big Ten university partner are listed below.

Illinois - The Ram (140 S. Illinois; 317.955.9900)
Indiana - Kilroy's Bar & Grill (201 S. Meridian St.; 317.638.9464)
Iowa - Weber Grill (10 N. Illinois St.; 317.636.7600)
Michigan - O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant (36 S. Pennsylvania; 317.974.0674)
Michigan State - Slippery Noodle (372 S. Meridian; 317.631.6974)
Minnesota - Rock Bottom (10 West Washington St.; 317.681.8180)
Nebraska - Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant (350 W. Maryland; 317.405.6111)
Northwestern - Buffalo Wings and Rings (111 W. Maryland; 317.634.9464)
Ohio State
- Champps (49 W. Maryland St.; Circle Centre Mall; 317.951.0033)
Penn State - Harry & Izzy's (153 S. Illinois; 317.635.9594)
Purdue - Scotty's Brewhouse (1 Virginia Ave.; 317.571.0808)
Wisconsin - Buffalo Wild Wings (7 E. Washington; 317.951.9464)

MBB: Step Right Up

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BLF Interior Steps.JPGTickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament are still available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or, or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office.

Both single-session and all-session ticket packages are available to the general public.  All-session tickets are available for $240 and $175. Single-session prices are as follows

Session 1 (Thurs., March 8) - $20-40
Session 2 (Thurs., March 8) - $20-40
Session 3 (Fri., March 9) - $40-70
Session 4 (Fri., March 9) - $40-70
Session 5 (Sat., March 10) - $45-80
Session 6 (Sun., March 11) - $45-80

MBB: Back at it...

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BLF Exterior2.JPGOne week and one tournament down, one week and one tournament to go. 

The 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is set to tip Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The 15th annual event should be one to remember, as the 2012 tournament boasts an expanded field and, count 'em, one, two, three conference champions.

The 2012 event marks the fifth consecutive year and eighth overall that the men's tournament has been held in Indianapolis.  The Big Ten is in the fifth year of a five-year agreement that puts both the men's and women's tournaments in the Circle City.

MBB: A Final Look From The Final

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Here are three more photos from today's postgame celebration of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

OSUCelebration3.jpgThanks for checking in with this past week.  We appreciate your interest in the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

We'll see you next year!!!

MBB: All-Tournament Team Announced

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Congratulations to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team:

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
William Buford, Ohio State
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
Talor Battle, Penn State

Most Outstanding PLayer
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State