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2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Release

March 12, 2014
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BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT

This year, the Big Ten is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The
conference's most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in
1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had
"attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." In the 99
years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this
distinction, including 173 men's basketball players. Throughout the course of the
season, the conference highlighted previous Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients,
featuring some of the legends of the Big Ten who have earned this prominent
achievement.

Tourney Time:
The 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in
Indianapolis for the ninth time in event history..

Michigan Claims Outright Championship:
Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986, and enters the
tournament as the top seed...

Already to the Quarters:
Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska each secured byes to the
quarterfinal round after earning top four seeds in this year's tournament...

Anybody's Ball Game:
History has indicated that any team, regardless of seed, can advance to the
tournament championship game...

Sellout Announced for Big Ten Tournament:
For the second consecutive year, the conference office announced that the Big Ten
Men's Basketball Tournament is officially sold out...

Postseason Parity:
Six different programs have won the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State has claimed the
title four times, including three of the last four years...

Big Ten Standouts:
The Big Ten men's basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were
announced on Monday, with Michigan's Nik Stauskas earning Big Ten Player of the Year
honors from the conference's coaches and a media panel...

Piling Through the Turnstiles:
Heading into the postseason, the Big Ten is on pace to record the conference's
highest average attendance figure since at least 1971-72...

RPI Tidbits:
The latest version of the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) was released on
Monday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with seven teams rated among the top
51...

Four Teams Ranked in Top 25 of Both Polls:
The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and
the Big Ten was represented with four teams on both ballots...

Big Ten Road Warriors:
Big Ten road teams posted a 46-62 record during conference play, a winning a
percentage of 42.6...

Filling it Up:
Big Ten teams posted 97 games with at least 80 points this season. In addition, 11
Big Ten teams have scored at least 2,000 points this season. Nine conference teams
are averaging at least 70.0 points per game, including eight squads that are scoring
at least 72.0 points per contest...

Against the Nation's Best:
Eleven of the Big Ten's 12 teams have recorded at least two wins over top-25 foes
this season...

Statistically Speaking:
Several standouts secured statistical titles in Big Ten conference games only at the
conclusion of the regular season...

READ MORE: Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Release_3-11-14.pdf 


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