The Big Ten Conference dates back all the way back to its formation in 1896, and is the nation's oldest athletic conference. It has been known primarily as a football conference during much of its history, but has seen dramatic growth in men's basketball over the past few decades. The conference has seen hugely successful teams like Michigan's Fab Five in the early '90s and the stellar Bob Knight-coached Indiana teams of the 1980s.
Traditionally, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament alternated between the United Center in Chicago and the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, but Indy enjoyed a five-year run starting in 2008. This tournament is both a chance to help strong teams with higher seeding as well as give a chance to teams with an automatic bid that would have no chance otherwise. With a bevy of growing basketball powerhouses, the Big Ten looks to continue its growth as one of the strongest athletic conferences in the United States.
Fans attending the Big Ten Tournament buy tickets for sessions instead of individual games, so make sure to check this page to find what session your team is playing in. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Big Ten Basketball Tournament tickets.
2016 Big Ten Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2015 Big Ten Basketball Tournament will head back to it's origins in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center. The tournament is set to span from March 11 - 15. The early season favorite to take home the 2015 Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship will be the Wisconsin Badgers, who went to the Final Four a year ago. The Badgers top competition will likely come from Big Ten newcomer Maryland, as well as Indiana and Michigan State. The Big Ten Basketball Tournament is one of the top events every season in college basketball.
Check out our Big Ten Basketball Tournament Preview History page for previews of previous Big Ten Basketball Tournaments.
Big Ten Basketball Tournament at United Center Address: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60612
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It pits every team in the Big Ten against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #12, with the top four seeds getting first-round byes.