Seven Big Ten Teams Selected For NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
March 17, 2013
Seven Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin will represent the conference in this year's tournament.
Indiana, the Big Ten Champion, is the No. 1 seed in the East Region and will travel to the Dayton, Ohio second/third round site. The Hoosiers will be taking on the LIU-Brooklyn/James Madison First Four winner with the second round pitting the winner of that game against the winner of No. 8 North Carolina State vs. No. 9 Temple. Indiana will be playing in the tournament for the 37th time and is making back-to-back appearances. The Hoosiers are 62-31 in their previous trips and have made eight Final Four appearances and won five NCAA titles (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987).
Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the West Region and will start at the Dayton, Ohio second/third round site. The Buckeyes will face No. 15 Iona while the winner of that will take on the winner of No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Iowa State in the second round. Ohio State is making its 25th appearance in the in the NCAA Tournament and fifth consecutive. Overall, the Buckeyes have a 40-22 record in the tournament and nine appearances in the Final Four, including a championship in 1960.
Michigan State, is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will visit the Auburn Hills, Mich. second/third round site. The Spartans will face No. 14 Valparaiso first with the winner facing the winner of No. 6 Memphis vs. the Middle Tennessee State/Saint Mary's First Four Winner. MSU is making its 27th NCAA appearance overall and 15th consecutive. Michigan State has a 54-25 mark in the NCAA Tournament and eight Final Four appearances, including the 1979 and 2000 national championships.
Michigan is the No. 4 seed in the South Region and will be travelling to the Auburn Hills, Mich. second/third round site. Up first for the Wolverines is No. 13 South Dakota State, with the winner facing the winner of No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron. Michigan is making its 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third consecutive. The Wolverines have a 36-19 record in the tournament. Michigan has also made four appearances in the Final Four, including the 1989 National Championship.
Wisconsin is the No. 5 seed in the West Region and will travel to the Kansas City, Mo. second/third round site. First up for the Badgers will be No. 12 Ole Miss with the second round pitting the winner of that game against the winner of No. 4 Kansas St. vs. the Boise State/LaSalle First Four winner. Wisconsin will be playing in the tournament for the 19th time and making its 15th straight appearance. The Badgers are 25-17 in their previous trips and have made two Final Four appearances, including winning the 1941 title.
Illinois is the No. 7 seed in the East Region and will be in Austin, Texas for its second/third round games. The Illini will take on No. 10 Colorado with the winner of that game facing the winner of No. 2 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 15 Pacific. Illinois' appearance is the 30th in school history and its first since 2011. The Illini have a 39-30 record in NCAA tournament games as well as five Final Four appearances.
Minnesota will be the No. 11 seed in the South region and begins its tournament at the Austin, Texas second/third round site. The Gophers will play No. 6 UCLA in the second round, with the winner of that contest taking on the victor of No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State. Minnesota is credited with its eighth NCAA Tournament Appearance and its first since 2010.
Note: records do not include games that were later vacated.