closed the regular season March 7 with a 75-67 double-overtime win over
Penn State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 15-16 overall, including
a 5-13 Big Ten record.
Iowa and Michigan
split a pair of games during the regular season, with Iowa winning a
70-60 overtime contest Feb. 22 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines
defeated Iowa 64-49 Jan. 11 at Ann Arbor. The winner of Iowa vs.
Michigan will face second seed Illinois at 5:35 p.m. CDT Friday (BTN).
Illinois and Purdue earned the top three seeds, respectively, as the
Spartans won the regular season title. Illinois and Purdue both
finished 11-7 in league play, but Illinois earned the higher seed by
virtue of two wins over the Boilermakers. Those three teams will
play Friday against Thursday's winners, while Wisconsin (fourth seed)
and Ohio State (fifth) also meet Friday.
games on Thursday's schedule include Minnesota vs. Northwestern at
11 a.m. CDT and Penn State vs. Indiana at 4 p.m. CDT.
Iowa is the
10th seed in the tournament for the first time and is meeting Michigan
in the event for the fourth time. In 1998, the fourth-seeded Wolverines
defeated fifth-seeded Iowa 77-66 at the United Center in the quarter-finals.
In 2004 at Indianapolis, the fifth-seeded Wolverines defeated Iowa,
the fourth seed, 79-70 in the quarter-finals. A year ago, Michigan,
as the nine seed, took a 55-47 first round win over eighth-seeded Iowa.
Iowa holds an all-time record of 7-3 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Hawkeyes won the 2006 tournament title there with consecutive wins over Minnesota, Michigan State and top-seeded Ohio State. Iowa lost in the title game in 2002, lost in the quarter-finals in 2004 and lost in the first round a year ago.
a 13-9 (.591) overall record in the Big Ten Tournament, third best behind
Illinois (21-9) and Wisconsin (14-9). Iowa, Illinois, Michigan
State and Wisconsin have each won two tournament titles. The Badgers
claimed the title a year ago with a win over Illinois.
All-session and single session tickets for the 2009 Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament are currently on sale. Tickets are available at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151.
tickets are on sale for $175 or $275, depending on seat location.
Orders are limited to 12 all-session tickets.
tickets are available to any current college students for a special
price of $25. Students can order tickets in advance at http://www.ticketmaster.com/