The seven-way tie is broken and the 2023 Big Ten Tournament bracket is officially set.
Michigan State earned the No. 4 seed in the event and will open play on Friday (2:30 p.m. ET) in Chicago, while Michigan earned the No. 8 seed and will open play against No. 9 seed Rutgers on Thursday (noon ET).
Both the Spartans and Wolverines entered the day among the seven Big Ten teams tied for second place in the conference standings at 11-6. But six Sunday games and a few tiebreakers helped sort the conference into its 14 seeds for the NCAA Tournament, including the Wolverines falling in overtime at Indiana. Michigan State finished its regular season with a Saturday win over Ohio State.
Purdue earned the top seed as the conference’s outright winner, followed by Northwestern at No. 2 and Indiana at No. 3.
All 13 games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament will be televised live, with the first, second and quarterfinal round games from Wednesday through Friday broadcast on the Big Ten Network, as well as on the FOX Sports app. The Big Ten Tournament semifinal and championship games will be televised live on CBS and the Paramount+ app.
Purdue (26-5, 15-5 Big Ten) is the No. 1 seed for the 2023 tournament after collecting its 13th outright Big Ten Championship and league-best 25th title overall. Ranked No. 5 in the nation, the Boilermakers have spent 15 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP top five, including seven weeks at No. 1.
Northwestern (21-10, 12-8) earned the No. 2 seed for the tournament after scoring a 65-53 win over Rutgers on the final night of the season. The Wildcats’ 12 Big Ten wins are the most in program history, while their 21 total wins are tied for second in program annuls.
Indiana (21-10, 12-8) claimed the No. 3 seed with a thrilling 75-73 overtime victory over Michigan. The Hoosiers have been ranked among the AP top 25 for 13 of the season’s 16 weeks. The team’s 12 conference wins are its most since the 2015-16 season when the team went 15-3 in Big Ten play.
Michigan State (19-11, 11-8) secured the No. 4 seed after navigating one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Per KenPom.com, the Spartans have faced the nation’s No. 1 toughest slate of opposing offenses in the country, the 14th-toughest slate of opposing defenses and ranks No. 5 overall in strength of schedule.
Each of the tournament’s top four seeds have earned double-byes and will open tournament play in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
The 2023 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, March 8 (First Round)
Game 1 (#12 Wisconsin vs. #13 Ohio State) – 5:30 p.m. CT (BTN)
Game 2 (#11 Nebraska vs. #14 Minnesota) – 25 minutes following Game 1 (BTN)
Thursday, March 9 (Second Round)
Game 3 (#8 Michigan vs. #9 Rutgers) – 11 a.m. CT (BTN)
Game 4 (#5 Iowa vs. Game 1 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 3 (BTN)
Game 5 (#7 Illinois vs. #10 Penn State) – 5:30 p.m. CT (BTN)
Game 6 (#6 Maryland vs. Game 2 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 5 (BTN)
Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7 (#1 Purdue vs. Game 3 winner) – 11 a.m. CT (BTN)
Game 8 (#4 Michigan State vs. Game 4 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 7 (BTN)
Game 9 (#2 Northwestern vs. Game 5 winner) – 5:30 p.m. CT (BTN)
Game 10 (#3 Indiana vs. Game 6 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 9 (BTN)
Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 11 (Game 7 vs. Game 8 winner) – 12 p.m. CT (CBS)
Game 12 (Game 9 vs. Game 10 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 11 (CBS)
Sunday, March 15 (Championship)
Game 13 (Game 11 vs. Game 12 winner) – 2:30 p.m. CT (CBS)
NOTES: All times are approximate and subject to change … BTN games are also available on the FOX Sports app … CBS games is also available on the Paramount+ app … for more information, please visit the tournament web site at (bigten.org/MBBT).
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