Big Ten Men's Basketball Postseason Release

Minnesota's Deandre Mathieu

March 25, 2014

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Four Big Ten Teams Extend Postseason Runs:
Four Big Ten teams remain alive in the postseason, with Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and Minnesota moving onto the NIT quarterfinals.

How Sweet it is:
For the third straight year, the Big Ten will send at least three teams to the Sweet 16, as Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin will compete in regional semifinals this week. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, while the Hoosiers, Spartans, Buckeyes and Wisconsin all made a run to the regional semifinals in 2012. The Big Ten has seen at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 in each of the last eight years. The Big Ten's three berths in the regional semifinals this season are tied for the most among all conferences.

Historically Speaking:
Michigan advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season after making a run to the national championship game last April. Michigan State has moved onto the round of 16 in six of the last seven years and eyes its first regional final appearance since 2010. With its third-round win, Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four seasons.

How They Got Here:
• Michigan: The Wolverines defeated No. 15 Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas combined to score 39 points to lead Michigan to its 26th win of the season, the most under head coach John Beilein. The Wolverines led for the final 34 minutes in the ensuing third round win over No. 8 Texas, converting an NCAA Tournament school record 14 three-pointers. Four Wolverines scored in double figures, led by Morgan's second straight double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds).
• Michigan State: The Spartans defeated No. 13 Delaware in the second round behind Adreian Payne's career-high 41 points, the most in an NCAA Tournament game since Davidson's Steph Curry in 2008. In the third round win over No. 12 Harvard, Branden Dawson poured in a career-best 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting to lead Michigan State to its 12th Sweet 16 appearance in the past 16 years.
• Wisconsin: The Badgers defeated No. 15 American in the second round, outscoring the Eagles 43-13 in the second half to cruise to their largest margin of victory (75-35) in an NCAA Tournament game in school history. Wisconsin overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 7 Oregon in the third round. Ben Brust's three-pointer with 1:07 remaining gave the Badgers a lead they would not relinquish.

A Look at the History:
• Michigan: Michigan is making 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 is making 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.
• 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.

More on Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin:
All three of the Big Ten's Sweet 16 teams enjoyed milestone seasons. Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten title since 1986, Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament championship for the second time in the past three years, and Wisconsin began the season with a school-record 16 straight victories. All three teams boast at least 27 wins, and are a combined 22-4 in neutral site games this season.

Final Four Mettle:
Michigan's John Beilein and Michigan State's Tom Izzo enter the Sweet 16 with Final Four head coaching experience. 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. Beilein guided Michigan to an appearance in the national championship game last season.

700 Wins for Beilein and Ryan:
Michigan's John Beilein and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan both recently achieved a significant milestone by recording their 700th head coaching win. Beilein collected his 700th victory in the third round NCAA Tournament victory over Texas, while Ryan eclipsed the 700-win plateau against Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Beilein and Ryan became the fifth and sixth active NCAA Division I coaches to reach 700 wins, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams and West Virginia's Bob Huggins. Beilein was named a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

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 60 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.

Minnesota Advances to NIT Quarterfinals:
Top-seeded Minnesota won a pair of NIT games last week, defeating High Point in the first round and Saint Mary's in the round of 16. The Golden Gophers will host No. 3 Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals on Tuesday with the winner advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Minnesota is appearing in the NIT for the 13th time, and is 24-12 in the tournament, winning the NIT title in 1993.

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

USBWA • 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:
The Big Ten is on pace to record the conference's highest average attendance figure in nearly 15 seasons. The Big Ten enters Tuesday's NIT game between Minnesota and Southern Mississippi averaging 13,427 fans per contest, which would surpass 13,400 or more fans for just the third time in at least the last 40 years. The conference eclipsed 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.

Filling it Up:
Big Ten teams have posted 103 games scoring at least 80 points this season. All three Big Ten teams that remain alive in the NCAA Tournament are averaging at least 73 points per game (Michigan State, 76.5 ppg; Michigan, 74.0 ppg; Wisconsin, 73.9 ppg).

Statistically Speaking:
Several standouts secured statistical titles in Big Ten conference games only: • 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.
• 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.