Park Ridge, Ill. – Wisconsin (27-4/13-3) earned the No. 2 seed, while Indiana (20-9/10-6) clinched the No. 3 spot. Iowa (17-13/9-7), Purdue (20-10/9-7) and Illinois (21-10/9-7) ended the season tied for fourth place in the conference standings. The Hawkeyes and the Boilermakers were awarded the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively, based on comparing the total records of head-to-head competition among the three tied teams. Each of the top five teams receive a first-round bye and will start tournament play on Friday, March 9. 

                The 10th-annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 8, with No. 8 Michigan (20-11/8-8) taking on No. 9 Minnesota (9-21/3-13) at 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2.  For the second consecutive year, the Wolverines and the Golden Gophers will meet in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Last year, Minnesota defeated Michigan, 59-55, to advance to the quarterfinals. The second game of the tournament will feature No. 7 Michigan State (21-10/8-8) against No. 10 Northwestern (13-17/2-14) at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2. The final game on Thursday will include No. 6 Illinois, which won the Big Ten Tournament the last time it was held in Chicago in 2005, and No. 11 Penn State (11-18/2-14) at roughly 4:05 p.m. CST on ESPN2.  

                 Day two will begin with top-seeded Ohio State facing the winner of the Michigan/Minnesota game at 11 a.m. CST on ESPN. The Buckeyes are the No. 1 seed for only the third time in tournament history as the Buckeyes claimed the top seed in the 2000 and 2006 Big Ten Tournaments. OSU will look to avenge its loss in last year’s championship final to Iowa, 67-60. Only twice has the No. 1 seed won the tournament with Michigan State claiming the 1999 title and Illinois capturing the crown in 2005. 

The second game features the No. 4/5 contest at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST on ESPN.  Fourth-seeded Iowa, the defending Big Ten Tournament champions, and No. 5 Purdue will square off.  The Boilermakers have earned a first-round bye for the first time since the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes are vying to become the first squad in Big Ten Tournament history to win the tourney crown three times as Iowa claimed the 2001 and 2006 titles. Second-seeded Wisconsin will begin tournament action on Friday at 5:40 p.m. CST on ESPN Plus against the winner of the Michigan State-Northwestern contest. The second day will conclude with No. 3 Indiana facing the Illinois-Penn State winner at approximately 8:10 p.m. CST on ESPN Plus. 

The Big Ten Tournament semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 10, with the first game beginning at 12:40 p.m. CST on CBS. Game two will start 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one at approximately 3:05 p.m. CST on CBS. The tournament will conclude with the championship game on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS. 

Both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2007 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament are available to the general public at the United Center box office,  Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 559-1212. Orders will be limited to 12 all-session tickets or 12 single-session tickets for each session.