March 11, 2012
Six Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will represent the conference in this year's tournament.
Michigan State, the Big Ten Tournament Champion, is the No. 1 seed in the West Region and will visit the Columbus, Ohio second/third round site. The Spartans are slated to play No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn first with the winner facing the winner of No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis. MSU is making its 26th NCAA appearance overall and 14th consecutive. Michigan State has a 52-24 mark in the NCAA Tournament and eight Final Four appearances, including the 1979 and 2000 national championships.
Ohio State, one of three teams to tie for the Big Ten Championship this season, is the No. 2 seed in the East Region and will start at the Pittsburgh second/third round site. The Buckeyes will face No. 15 Loyola while the winner of that will take on the winner of No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia in the second round. Ohio State is making its 24th appearance in the in the NCAA Tournament and fourth consecutive. Overall, the Buckeyes have a 36-21 record in the tournament and eight appearances in the Final Four, including a championship in 1960.
Michigan, also a Big Ten Champion this season, is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and will be travelling to the Nashville, Tenn. second/third round site. Up first for the Wolverines is No. 13 Ohio, with the winner facing the winner of No. 5 Temple vs. the Cal/South Florida First Four game winner. Michigan is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second consecutive. The Wolverines have a 36-18 record in the tournament. Michigan has also made four appearances in the Final Four, including the 1989 National Championship.
Indiana is the No. 4 seed in the South Region and will travel to the Portland, Ore. second/third round site. The Hoosiers will be taking on No. 13 New Mexico State with the second round pitting the winner of that game against the winner of No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU. Indiana will be playing in the tournament for the 36th time and making its first appearance since 2008. The Hoosiers are 60-30 in their previous trips and have made eight Final Four appearances and won five NCAA titles (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987).
Wisconsin is the No. 4 seed in the East Region and will travel to the Albuquerque, N.M. second/third round site. First up for the Badgers will be No. 13 Montana with the second round pitting the winner of that game against the winner of No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard. Wisconsin will be playing in the tournament for the 18th time and making its 14th straight appearance. The Badgers are 23-16 in their previous trips and have made two Final Four appearances, including winning the 1941 title.
Purdue is the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region and will be in Omaha for its second/third round games. The Boilermakers will take on No. 7 Saint Mary's with the winner of that game facing the winner of No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit. Purdue's appearance is the 25th in school history and its sixth consecutive. The Boilers have a 34-25 record in NCAA tournament games as well as two Final Four appearances.
Note: records do not include games that were later vacated.