Big Ten Men's Basketball Postseason Release

Tim Miles and Nebraska are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance as a Big Ten member.

March 18, 2014

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Nine Big Ten Teams Selected for Postseason Play:
Nine Big Ten teams will see their seasons continue in the postseason. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin were selected for the NCAA Tournament. Illinois and Minnesota accepted bids to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and Penn State will play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Six Advance to NCAA Tournament:
Six Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Tournament. This marks the seventh year in the last nine that the Big Ten has had six or more teams in the bracket and the sixth straight year the Big Ten has had five or more teams in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State received the conference's automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin received at-large berths.

A Look at the History:
Below is a summary of each Big Ten team's history in the NCAA Tournament: • Iowa: Iowa is making its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the first since 2006. The Hawkeyes have produced three Final Four appearances.
• Michigan: Michigan will make its 21st official trip to the tournament and its fourth consecutive appearance. The Wolverines won the 1989 national title and advanced to the national championship game last season, their fifth official Final Four appearance.
• Michigan State: Michigan State earned its 17th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and will make its 28th overall appearance, the third-most among Big Ten schools. The Spartans won national titles in 1979 and 2000, and have appeared in the Final Four eight times.
• Nebraska: Nebraska will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a Big Ten member, and its seventh trip in program history.
• Ohio State: Ohio State is making its 26th official trip to the tournament and sixth straight appearance. The Buckeyes won the 1960 national title, and have made 10 trips to the Final Four.
• Wisconsin: Wisconsin is making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and its 16th consecutive trip. The Badgers made a run to the Final Four in 2000, their second national semifinal appearance.

Roaming the Sidelines:
Big Ten head coaches have recorded impressive numbers during their careers in the Division I NCAA Tournament. The six participating coaches (Iowa's Fran McCaffery, Michigan's John Beilein, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Nebraska's Tim Miles, Ohio State's Thad Matta and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan) have combined for a 94-52 record in NCAA Tournament play (.644 winning percentage). The six coaches have led their teams to nine total Final Four appearances, including five in the last seven years.

Final Four Mettle:
Three Big Ten coaches lead their teams into the NCAA Tournament with Final Four experience. Michigan State's Tom Izzo is one of four active coaches, and eight all-time, to have appeared in at least six Final Fours, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville's Rick Pitino and North Carolina's Roy Williams as the other active mentors with six or more berths. Ohio State's Thad Matta has recorded two Final Four appearances with the Buckeyes, including the 2012 squad that advanced to the national semifinals. Michigan's John Beilein guided Michigan to an appearance in the national championship game last season.

NCAA Tournament Preparation:
• Since the inception of the Big Ten Tournament in 1998, the conference has sent 12 teams to the Final Four and has won more than 62 percent of its NCAA Tournament games. • Since 2005, four Big Ten teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship game. Michigan advanced to the title game last season, Michigan State played for the national championship in 2009, Ohio State played in the 2007 title game and Illinois reached the final in 2005. • Over the last nine years, the Big Ten has sent seven different teams to the Final Four.

Michigan State Wins Big Ten Tournament Title:
Third-seeded Michigan State captured the Big Ten Tournament title in Indianapolis last weekend, defeating Northwestern in the quarterfinals, Wisconsin in the semifinal round and Michigan in the championship game. It marked the Spartans' fourth Big Ten Tournament Championship and their second in the past three years.

Spartans' Dawson Leads All-Tournament Team:
Michigan State's Branden Dawson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament, leading a five-member All-Tournament Team that included three Spartans. The team was comprised of Michigan's Nik Stauskas, Michigan State's Dawson, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross. For more information on the all-tournament team, see page three of this release.

Sellout in Indy:
For the second consecutive year, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament sold out. Over the four-day tournament, 111,592 people attended the event, an average of 18,599 patrons per session. The total attendance was the highest in the nine years that the event has been held in Indianapolis.

Illinois and Minnesota Earn Bids to NIT:
Illinois and Minnesota both accepted bids to the NIT. Minnesota is a No. 1 seed in the field, and will host High Point in the first round. Illinois earned a No. 2 seed, and will travel to Boston University for its first round matchup. Due to the ongoing renovations at State Farm Center, the Illini were unable to host an opening round NIT contest. Illinois will be making its fifth appearance in the NIT, and boasts a 7-4 all-time record in the event. Minnesota will appear in the NIT for the 13th time. The Golden Gophers are 22-12 in the tournament, and won the NIT title in 1993.

Penn State Accepts CBI Bid:
Penn State accepted an invitation to compete in the CBI. The Nittany Lions will host Hampton in the first round on Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Big Ten Standouts Garner All-America, All-District Honors:
Michigan's Nik Stauskas was named a second-team All-American by the Sporting News and a third-team honoree by the USA Today, while Michigan State's Gary Harris and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker were named to the USA Today Honorable Mention All-America Team. In addition, 13 Big Ten players were named All-District performers.

Below is a summary of the Big Ten's representation on both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District Teams:

District 7 First Team

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Terran Petteway, Nebraska

District 7 Second Team
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State

District V

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Beilein, Michigan

District V Team
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Craft and Crawford Named Academic All-Americans:
Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Ohio State's Aaron Craft were named first team Capital One Academic All-Americans. In addition, Craft became just the third student-athlete to repeat as Division I men's basketball Academic All-America of the Year. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Crawford graduated from Northwestern University in spring 2013. Craft was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year and was a first-team Academic All-American in 2012 and 2013. He became the fourth Big Ten student-athlete to earn first team honors three times.

Big Ten Standouts:
The Big Ten men's basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on March 10, with Michigan's Nik Stauskas earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the conference's coaches and a media panel. Michigan head coach John Beilein claimed Coach of the Year laurels from the media while Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Indiana's Noah Vonleh picked up Freshman of the Year accolades from the coaches and media. Ohio State's Aaron Craft was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches. For a full list of the All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, see page six of this release.

Piling Through the Turnstiles:
Heading into the postseason, the Big Ten is on pace to record the conference's highest average attendance figure since at least 1971-72. The Big Ten enters postseason play averaging 13,570 fans per contest, which would surpass 13,400 or more fans for just the third time in at least the last 40 years. The current record for average attendance is 13,455, set during the 1989-90 season. The conference surpassed the 13,000 mark in average attendance last season for the first time since 2001-02 on the way to setting the attendance record of more than 2.9 million. The Big Ten has led the nation in men's basketball attendance in each of the last 37 years.

Four Teams Ranked in Top 25 of Both Polls:
The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was represented with four teams among the top 25 of both polls, including three in the top 15. In the AP poll, Michigan was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 8, followed by No. 13 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 24 Ohio State. Nebraska and Iowa both received votes in the coaches poll.

Filling it Up:
Big Ten teams have posted 99 games scoring at least 80 points heading into the postseason. Four of the six Big Ten teams that garnered berths to the NCAA Tournament are averaging at least 73 points per game (Iowa, 82.0 ppg; Michigan State, 75.9 ppg; Michigan, 74.4 ppg; Wisconsin, 73.5 ppg).

Statistically Speaking:
Several standouts secured statistical titles in Big Ten conference games only at the conclusion of the regular season:
• Nebraska's Terran Petteway became the first Cornhusker to lead the Big Ten in scoring (18.6 ppg).
• Indiana's Noah Vonleh became the first freshman since Ohio State's Greg Oden in 2006-07 to lead the conference in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and the first Hoosier to lead the Big Ten in caroms since D.J. White in 2007-08.
• Minnesota's Maurice Walker led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.626), becoming the first Gopher to accomplish the feat since Spencer Tollackson in 2005-06. • Ohio State's Aaron Craft became the second Big Ten player in the past three years to lead the conference in both assists (4.6 apg) and steals (2.7 spg), joining Tim Frazier in 2011-12.
• Craft also became the second Big Ten player since at least 1982-83 to lead the conference in steals in three different seasons, a feat also accomplished by Illinois' Bruce Douglas from 1984-86. Craft also passed Douglas for the Big Ten career steals record and enters the NCAA Tournament with 333 thefts.
• Purdue's A.J. Hammons led the conference in blocks (2.6 bpg) for the second straight season.
• Wisconsin's Josh Gasser paced the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (.492), becoming the first Badger to accomplish the feat since Kirk Penney in 2000-01.
• Indiana's Yogi Ferrell led the conference in three-point field goals (51), becoming the first Hoosier to do so since Robert Vaden in 2005-06.