Three of the five sessions for the 2005
event were already sold out. Standing room only tickets were
available for the first two quarterfinal games on Friday morning
(Session 2), the two semifinal contests on Saturday (Session 4) and
the championship game on Sunday (Session 5).
Limited single-session tickets for the
first-round games on Thursday (Session 1) and the two quarterfinals
on Friday night (Session 3) were still available. Standing room only
tickets will be sold for those sessions only after all the regular
tickets are purchased.
If available, standing room only
tickets can be purchased for $25 for Thursday or Friday sessions,
$30 for the Saturday session, and $40 for the title game on Sunday.
Illinois clinched a share of its
fourth Big Ten title in five years with a victory over Northwestern
on Wednesday while earning the top seed for the 2005 Big Ten Men's
Basketball Tournament. The Fighting Illini, currently ranked No. 1
in the country, improved to 14-0 in league play and 28-0 overall to
secure a share of a second straight league crown. The Illini also
finished atop the standings in 2004, 2002 and 2001.
Michigan State is currently in
second place in the conference standings at 10-2 and can still pick
up a split of the crown with four more wins and a pair of losses by
Illinois. However, the Illini hold the tiebreaker edge over the
Spartans for the tournament's top seed, based on a win in their only
meeting this season.
After a one-year hiatus, the
tournament returns to Chicago to crown the 2005 champion. The first
Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament was held at the United Center in
1998, and Chicago hosted the event in its first four years of
existence. Beginning in 2002, the tournament has rotated between
Indianapolis and Chicago, with the 2007 event slated to return to
the United Center for the 10th annual tournament.
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In its first seven years of
existence, the tournament has welcomed more than 670,000 fans and
issued over 4,200 media credentials.
Six different league representatives
have become Big Ten champions, with Michigan State claiming the
honor twice, in 1999 and 2000, along with triumphs by Michigan in
1998, Iowa in 2001, Ohio State in 2002, Illinois in 2003, and
Wisconsin in 2004.
tournament schedule is as follows, with games listed in Central
1: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10
- No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed
- No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed
- No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 seed
2: 11 a.m. Friday, March 11
- No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 8-9 winner
- No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed
3: 5:40 p.m. Friday, March 11
- No. 2 seed vs. No. 7-10 winner
- No. 3 seed vs. No. 6-11 winner
4: 12:40 p.m. Saturday, March 12
5: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13
[Scott Chipman, director of