Big Ten Men's Basketball Postseason Release

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson

April 1, 2014

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Wisconsin Advances to Third Final Four:
Second-seeded Wisconsin captured the West Region championship last Saturday, securing the Badgers' third Final Four appearance and first since 2000. Wisconsin will take on eighth-seeded Kentucky in Saturday's national semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Badgers also advanced to the Final Four in 1941 en route to the national championship. In 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Wisconsin mentor Bo Ryan has won four Division III National Championships and will make his Final Four debut in Division I. Ryan claimed national titles in 1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999 while at UW-Platteville.

Minnesota Moves on to NIT Semifinals:
Top-seeded Minnesota advanced to the NIT semifinals, and will face No. 1 Florida State for the second time this season at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The Golden Gophers are making their fifth NIT semifinal appearance, having captured the NIT title in 1993.

Hunting for the Title:
A victory over Kentucky in the national semifinals will send the Badgers to their second championship game in program history. 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.

Big Ten Final Four History:
With Wisconsin's berth in the national semifinals, Big Ten programs have now combined for 44 Final Four appearances, including five in the last six seasons and eight in the last 10 years. The Badgers' berth in the national semifinals comes on the heels of Michigan's appearance in the Final Four last season, Ohio State's run to the Final Four in 2012, and Michigan State's back-to-back national semifinal appearances in 2009 and 2010. With a victory against Kentucky on Saturday, Wisconsin would give the Big Ten 23 all-time appearances in the national championship game. A victory by the Badgers in the title contest would clinch the 11th national title by Big Ten programs. Ten of the conference's 12 teams have made at least one Final Four appearance.

Final Four Mettle:
Wisconsin's Bo Ryan becomes the fifth active Big Ten coach to guide a team to the Final Four, joining Indiana's Tom Crean, Michigan's John Beilein, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Ohio State's Thad Matta. Ryan has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times.

Big Ten Elite:
Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all made regional final appearances last weekend, marking the third time in the last 15 years that three conference teams advanced to the Elite Eight. The last time the feat was accomplished was in 2005, when Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin all appeared in the regional finals, with the Fighting Illini and Spartans advancing to the Final Four.

Big Ten Standouts Earn Regional All-Tourney Honors:
Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin were all well-represented on the respective Regional All-Tournament Teams. Michigan's Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert were named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne were members of the East Regional All-Tournament team and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson were recognized in the West Region, with Kaminsky earning Most Outstanding Player honors.

All-American Group:
Four Big Ten standouts were named All-Americans by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Associated Press (AP), John R. Wooden Award, Sporting News and USA Today. Michigan's Nik Stauskas was named to the 10-member Wooden team, was a first-team NABC All-American, collected second-team AP All-America honors, was a Sporting News second-team All-American and collected third-team All-America honors from USA Today. Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne were both named named AP All-America honorable mention selections, with Harris also collecting honorable mention honors from USA Today, along with Wisconsin's Sam Dekker.

How They Got Here:
Wisconsin is outscoring its NCAA Tournament opponents by an average of 16.5 points per game heading into the Final Four. The Badgers defeated American (75-35) in the second round, and advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 85-77 victory over Creighton in the third round. Wisconsin defeated Baylor (69-52) in the regional semifinals, before edging top-seeded Arizona in overtime, 64-63, in the Elite Eight. Frank Kaminsky is averaging a team-best 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during the NCAA Tournament, while Traevon Jackson is averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 assists per contest.

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. In addition, Beilein was named the NABC District 7 Coach of the Year.

Gophers Eye NIT Title:
After posting wins in the first three rounds of the NIT, Minnesota is two victories away from earning the championship. The Gophers advanced to the tournament's semifinals for the second time in the past three years, and look to claim the conference's 10th NIT championship. Iowa also made a run to the NIT title game last season. Penn State is the most recent Big Ten squad to capture the NIT championship, having won the crown in 2009.

Big Ten Standouts Garner All-District Honors:
Thirteen 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:
For the fifth consecutive year, the Big Ten saw an increase in average attendance with 13,389 patrons per contest, the highest average since at least the 1999-2000 season. The Big Ten's average attendance ranks third since at least 1971-72, trailing only the 1989-90 (13,455) and 1999-2000 (13,443) campaigns. In addition, for the first time since 2000-01 and 2001-02, the Big Ten drew an average of at least 13,000 fans per home game in back-to-back seasons. During Big Ten play, the conference eclipsed 1.5 million fans (1,513,266) for the first time in conference history, and averaged more than 14,000 fans per conference home game (14,012) for just the third time since at least the 1962-63 season. The Big Ten has led the nation in men's basketball attendance in each of the last 37 years.

Big Ten Men's Basketball Attendance History

1989-90: 13,455
1999-00: 13,428
2013-14: 13,389

2013-14: 1,513,266
2012-13: 1,473,508
2011-12: 1,459,174

2000-01: 14,181
1999-00: 14,134
2013-14: 14,012

Filling it Up:
Big Ten teams have posted 103 games scoring at least 80 points this season. Eight conference teams averaged at least 70 points per game on the year, including Wisconsin's 73.5 points per contest, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. The Badgers are averaging 73.2 points per game during the NCAA Tournament.

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.