March 13, 2011
A record-tying seven Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will represent the conference in this year's tournament. Seven Big Ten teams also participated in 1990 and 2009.
Ohio State, also the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Champion, is the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and the top seed in the East Region and will start at the Cleveland, Ohio second/third round site. The Buckeyes will face Texas-San Antonio/Alabama State winner from the First Four for their first game while the winner of that will take on the winner of No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova in the second round. Ohio State is making its 23rd appearance in the in the NCAA Tournament and third consecutive. Overall, the Buckeyes have a 34-20 record in the tournament and eight appearances in the Final Four, including a championship in 1960.
Purdue is the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region and will be in Chicago for its second/third round games. The Boilermakers will take on No. 14 Saint Peter's with the winner of that game facing the winner of No. 6 Georgetown vs. the USC/VCU winner from the First Four. Purdue's appearance is the 24th in school history and its fifth consecutive. The Boilers have a 33-24 record in NCAA tournament games as well as two Final Four appearances.
Wisconsin is the No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region and will travel to the Tucson, Ariz second/third round site. First up for the Badgers will be No. 13 Belmont with the second round pitting the winner of that game against the winner of No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Utah State. Wisconsin will be playing in the tournament for the 17th time and making its 13th straight appearance. The Badgers are 21-15 in their previous trips and have made two Final Four appearances, including winning the 1941 title.
Michigan is the No. 8 seed in the West Region and will be travelling to the Charlotte, N.C. second/third round site. Up first for the Wolverines is No. 9 Tennessee, with the winner facing the winner of No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton. Michigan is making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009. The Wolverines have a 35-17 record in the tournament. Michigan has also made four appearances in the Final Four, including the 1989 National Championship.
Illinois is the No. 9 seed in the Southwest Region and will head to Tulsa for its second/third round matchups. The Fighting Illini will first face No. 8 UNLV with the winner going on to play the winner of No. 1 Kansas and No. 16 Boston University. Illinois is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009 and its 29th overall. Illinois has been to five Final Fours.
Michigan State is the No. 10 seed in the Southeast Region and will visit the Tampa, Fla second/third round site. The Spartans are slated to play No. 7 UCLA first with the winner facing the winner of No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UCSB. MSU is making its 25th NCAA appearance overall and 14th consecutive. Michigan State has a 52-23 mark in the NCAA Tournament and eight Final Four appearances, including the 1979 and 2000 national championships.
Penn State is the No. 10 seed in the West Region and travels the Tucson, Ariz. second/third round site. The Nittany Lions will take on No. 7 Temple first with the winner playing either No. 2 San Diego State or No. 15 Northern Colorado. Penn State is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001 and its 9th overall. The Nittany Lions are 9-10 in NCAA Tournament games and have one Final Four appearance to their credit.
Note: records do not include games that were later vacated.