2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held from March 11 through March 15 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. This was the 16th annual Big Ten Tournament and was the first tournament to feature 14 teams of the expanded Big Ten to include Maryland and Rutgers. The championship was won by Wisconsin who defeated Michigan State in the championship game. As a result, Wisconsin received the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The win marked Wisconsin's third tournament championship and first since 2008.

2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season201415
Teams14
SiteUnited Center
Chicago, Illinois
ChampionsWisconsin (3rd title)
Winning coachBo Ryan (3rd title)
MVPFrank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
Attendance118,496
TelevisionBTN, ESPN/2, CBS
2014–15 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
No. 3 Wisconsin162 .889  364  .900
No. 12 Maryland144 .778  287  .800
No. 23 Michigan State126 .667  2712  .692
Iowa126 .667  2212  .647
Purdue126 .667  2113  .618
Ohio State117 .611  2411  .686
Indiana99 .500  2014  .588
Illinois99 .500  1914  .576
Michigan810 .444  1616  .500
Minnesota612 .333  1815  .545
Northwestern612 .333  1517  .469
Nebraska513 .278  1318  .419
Penn State414 .222  1816  .529
Rutgers216 .111  1022  .313
2015 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Seeds

All 14 Big Ten schools participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records. Seeding for the tournament was determined at the close of the regular conference season. The top 10 teams received a first round bye and the top four teams received a double bye. Tiebreaking procedures[1] were unchanged from the 2014 Tournament.

Seed School Conf. Tiebreaker
1 Wisconsin 16–2
2 Maryland 14–4
3 Michigan State 12–6 2–0 vs Pur, Iowa
4 Purdue 12–6 1–1 vs MSU, Iowa
5 Iowa 12–6 0–2 vs MSU, Pur
6 Ohio State 11–7
7 Indiana 9–9 1–0 vs Ill
8 Illinois 9–9 0–1 vs Ind
9 Michigan 8–10
10 Northwestern 6–12 1–0 vs Minn
11 Minnesota 6–12 0–1 vs NW
12 Nebraska 5–13
13 Penn State 4–14
14 Rutgers 2–16

Game summaries

First round

ESPN2
Mar 11
3:30 pm
#13 Penn State 68, #12 Nebraska 65
Scoring by half: 34–29, 34–36
Pts: D. J. Newbill 26
Rebs: Devin Foster 8
Asts: two tied with 2
Pts: Tai Webster 29
Rebs: Shavon Shields 10
Asts: Shavon Shields 4
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,098
Referees: DJ Carstensen; Paul Szelc; Buddy Mayborg
BTN
Mar 11
6:00 pm
#11 Minnesota 80, #14 Rutgers 68
Scoring by half: 30–27, 50–41
Pts: Joey King 20
Rebs: Maurice Walker 10
Asts: DeAndre Mathieu 8
Pts: Kadeem Jack 18
Rebs: Junior Etou 9
Asts: Myles Mack 3
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,098
Referees: Larry Scirotto; Bill Ek; Kelly Pfeifer

Second round

BTN
Mar 12
11:00 am
#9 Michigan 73, #8 Illinois 55
Scoring by half: 40–23, 33–32
Pts: Aubrey Dawkins 18
Rebs: Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 8
Asts: Zak Irvin 6
Pts: Malcolm Hill 13
Rebs: Rayvonte Rice 9
Asts: Jaylon Tate 2
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,028
Referees: Terry Wymer; Larry Scirotto; Glen Mayborg
BTN
Mar 12
1:30 pm
#13 Penn State 67, #5 Iowa 58
Scoring by half: 19–27, 48–31
Pts: D. J. Newbill 18
Rebs: Ross Travis 7
Asts: Geno Thorpe 3
Pts: Aaron White 21
Rebs: Aaron White 13
Asts: Mike Gesell 5
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,028
Referees: Lamont Simpson; Bill Ek; Paul Szelc
ESPN2
Mar 12
5:30 pm
#7 Indiana 71, #10 Northwestern 56
Scoring by half: 36–22, 35–34
Pts: James Blackmon Jr. 25
Rebs: Troy Williams 12
Asts: James Blackmon Jr. 7
Pts: Bryant McIntosh 13
Rebs: Alex Olah 7
Asts: Bryant McIntosh 5
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,549
Referees: Gene Steratore; Ray Perone; Chris Beaver
ESPN2
Mar 12
8:00 pm
#6 Ohio State 79, #11 Minnesota 73
Scoring by half: 35–35, 44–38
Pts: D'Angelo Russell 23
Rebs: Sam Thompson 7
Asts: Shannon Scott 6
Pts: DeAndre Mathieu 16
Rebs: Andre Hollins 5
Asts: Andre Hollins 4
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 16,549
Referees: DJ Carstensen; Steve McJunkins; Rob Riley

Quarterfinals

ESPN
Mar 13
11:00 am
#1 Wisconsin 71, #9 Michigan 60
Scoring by half: 31–26, 40–34
Pts: Sam Dekker 17
Rebs: Frank Kaminsky 12
Asts: Sam Dekker 6
Pts: Zak Irvin 21
Rebs: Zak Irvin 11
Asts: Max Bielfeldt 4
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 17,290
Referees: Lamont Simpson; Chris Beaver; Lewis Garrison
ESPN
Mar 13
1:30 pm
#4 Purdue 64, #13 Penn State 59
Scoring by half: 32–37, 32–22
Pts: A. J. Hammons 23
Rebs: Jon Octeus 11
Asts: Dakota Mathias
Pts: D. J. Newbill 19
Rebs: Ross Travis 9
Asts: D. J. Newbill 3
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 17,290
Referees: Terry Wymer; Terry Oglesby; Rob Riley
BTN
Mar 13
5:30 pm
#2 Maryland 75, #7 Indiana 69
Scoring by half: 42–40, 42–33
Pts: Dez Wells 22
Rebs: Jake Layman 9
Asts: two tied with 3
Pts: Yogi Ferrell 18
Rebs: Emmitt Holt 12
Asts: Yogi Ferrell 3
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 17,230
Referees: DJ Carstensen; Paul Szelc; Ray Perone
BTN
Mar 13
8:00 pm
#3 Michigan State 76, #6 Ohio State 67
Scoring by half: 36–28, 40–39
Pts: Denzel Valentine 23
Rebs: Branden Dawson 8
Asts: two tied with 7
Pts: D'Angelo Russell 19
Rebs: two tied with 8
Asts: Shannon Scott 9
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 17,230
Referees: Gene Steratore; Larry Scirotto; Kelly Pfeifer

Semifinals

CBS
Mar 14
12:00 pm
#1 Wisconsin 71, #4 Purdue 60
Scoring by half: 30–35, 41–16
Pts: Bronson Koenig 19
Rebs: Sam Dekker 8
Asts: two tied with 5
Pts: A. J. Hammons 10
Rebs: two tied with 7
Asts: Jon Octeus 4
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 18,088
Referees: Gene Steratore; Lemont Simpson; Terry Oglesby
CBS
Mar 14
2:30 pm
#3 Michigan State 62, #2 Maryland 58
Scoring by half: 25–33, 37–25
Pts: Travis Trice 20
Rebs: Branden Dawson 8
Asts: Denzel Valentine 7
Pts: Melo Trimble 22
Rebs: Dez Wells 7
Asts: Jake Layman 5
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 18,088
Referees: Terry Wymer; DJ Carsetensen; Paul Szelc

Championship

CBS
Mar 15
2:30 pm
#1 Wisconsin 80, #3 Michigan State 69 (OT)
Scoring by half: 31–32, 38–37 Overtime: 11–0
Pts: Nigel Hayes 25
Rebs: two tied with 5
Asts: Bronson Koenig 9
Pts: Branden Dawson; Denzel Valentine 16
Rebs: Denzel Valentine 8
Asts: Denzel Valentine 6
United Center
Chicago, IL
Attendance: 17,213
Referees: Lamont Simpson; Terry Wymer; Gene Steratore

Bracket

  First round
Wednesday, March 11
ESPN2/BTN
Second round
Thursday, March 12
ESPN2/BTN
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 13
ESPN/BTN
Semifinals
Saturday, March 14
CBS
Championship
Sunday, March 15
CBS
                                               
1 Wisconsin 71  
    9 Michigan 60  
8 Illinois 55
9 Michigan 73  
  1 Wisconsin 71  
  4 Purdue 51  
4 Purdue 64
    13 Penn State 59  
5 Iowa 58
    13 Penn State 67  
12 Nebraska 65
13 Penn State 68  
1 Wisconsin 80OT
3 Michigan State 69
2 Maryland 75  
    7 Indiana 69  
7 Indiana 71
10 Northwestern 56  
  2 Maryland 58
  3 Michigan State 62  
3 Michigan State 76
    6 Ohio State 67  
6 Ohio State 79
    11 Minnesota 73  
11 Minnesota 80
14 Rutgers 68  

All-Tournament Team

[2]

See also

References

  1. "2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Tiebreaking Procedures". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  2. "2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
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