The 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse for the fourth of a five-year commitment. This year's tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 10 and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 13.
The tournament bracket will be announced on Sunday, March 6, the final day of the regular season. All 11 Big Ten teams participate in the tournament with the top five finishers receiving first-round byes. The bracket is seeded according to the final regular-season standings with the team or teams finishing atop the standings named Big Ten Champion.
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has made its mark both nationally and locally in its first 13 years of existence. Sellout crowds, exciting and competitive games, national television coverage and throngs of media have been featured in past conference tournaments. It is a highlight reel of college basketball that showcases the finest coaches and student-athletes in the nation. The strength and depth of the conference have also been displayed, as the tournament final has featured teams seeded 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th and 6th.
Since the inception, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has seen six different conference representatives crowned champion, with Michigan State (1999, 2000), Illinois (2003, 2005), Iowa (2001, 2006), Wisconsin (2004, 2008) and Ohio State (2007, 2010) claiming the honor twice and Purdue capturing the crown in 2009. In addition, every tournament game in the event's history has been televised live on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus or the Big Ten Network.
Join us in Indianapolis for a celebration of Big Ten Basketball!