The 2015 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is set to tip off Wednesday, March 11 and conclude on Sunday, March 15. The tournament will take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The First Round and the Second Round will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network. The Quarterfinals will be broadcast on ESPN and the Big Ten Network. The Semi-finals and Championship Game will air on CBS.
You can purchase tickets here. This is the first year that the tournament will include 14 teams, as Maryland and Rutgers joined the conference this past July. Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue received double-byes. Here's the bracket:
The Badgers, led by stud big man Frank Kaminsky, are truly one of the elite teams in the country this year. Wisconsin only lost three games all season - one to Duke, one to Maryland, and one head-scratcher to Rutgers. They finished the season Sunday by trouncing Ohio State on the road. They're not only a legitimate threat to win the Big Ten title, they're on a short list of teams capable of winning the national championship.
After losing to Northwestern back on February 15, Iowa was 6-6 in-conference and looked to be bubble-bound down the stretch. But the Hawkeyes have won six straight and appear to be getting hot at the right time. Senior forward Aaron White has scored over 20 points in his last four games, emerging as one of the top big men in the league. If the Hawkeyes get good guard play from Peter Jok and Mike Gesell, they'll have a serious shot at surprising the masses.