2016 Big Ten Conference Tournament Bracket
The 2016 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 10th time in event history. This year's tournament will tip off on Wednesday, March 9, and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 13.
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has made its mark both nationally and locally in its 18-year history. Sellout crowds, exciting and competitive games, national television coverage and throngs of media have all been highlights of past conference tournaments. It is a highlight reel of college basketball that showcases the finest coaches and students in the nation.
All 14 Big Ten teams will participate in the tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team or teams that finish atop the regular-season standings is the Big Ten Champion. The bracket will be seeded according to the final regular-season standings with the conference champion earning the top seed. Two first-round games are slated for Wednesday, March 9, with the No. 12 seed facing the No. 13 seed and the No. 11 seed taking on the No. 14 seed. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 11.
Since its inception, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has seen six different conference representatives crowned champion. Michigan State and Ohio State lead all schools with four official tournament titles each. Wisconsin won its third tournament title last season, while Illinois and Iowa have each claimed the honor twice. Purdue has captured one crown. BTN, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports will again provide national television coverage of the event.
Previous Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournaments have attracted fans in masses. In 18 years, the Big Ten has welcomed more than 1.7 million fans and thousands of media members to the event. In 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, more than 111,000 fans attended the Big Ten Tournament, the largest attendance in Indianapolis.