DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa earned its highest position ever in the Big Ten tournament after the Hawkeyes missed winning a league championship for the first time since the 1978-79 season.
Ohio State (23-4, 12-5 Big Ten) claimed sole possession of the regular season title after the 9th-ranked Buckeyes won big over last-place Purdue on Sunday, 76-57.
No. 23 Iowa (22-8, 11-5) and No. 10 Illinois (25-5, 11-5) finished tied for second, but the Hawkeyes were awarded the tiebreaker and will be the second seed in the tournament.
Coach Steve Alford's team finished unbeaten at home this season, the first time an Iowa squad has accomplished that feat in 40 years and the first time it's been done at Carver-Hawkeye
A 59-44 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday gave Iowa a school-record 17 home wins, nine of which came against ranked teams.
In the ninth Big Ten men's tournament in Indianapolis, play begins Thursday with No. 8 seed Penn State (14-13, 6-10) against No. 9 Northwestern (14-14, 6-10).
No. 7 seed Michigan (18-9, 8-8) will play No. 10 Minnesota (14-13, 5-11) in the second game of
And the final game on the tournament's first day will feature No. 6 seed Michigan State (20-10, 8-8) against No. 11 Purdue (9-18, 3-13).
Iowa takes on the Michigan-Minnesota winner in Friday's action, and top-seeded Ohio State plays the Penn State-Northwestern winner.
Also on Friday, No. 4 seed Wisconsin (19-10, 9-7) faces No. 5 Indiana (17-10, 9-7) in what could be the final Big 10 contest for Hoosiers coach Mike Davis, who last month announced his resignation effective the end of the season.
The second day will conclude with defending champion and No. 3 seed Illinois against the Michigan
The Illini are hoping to win their way to a fourth straight Big Ten Tournament championship game and become just the second team to win consecutive titles. Michigan State won in 1999 and again
The semifinals will take place on Saturday. The tournament championship will be televised by CBS on Sunday at 2:30.
Six different teams have won the Big Ten Tournament in its first eight years: Illinois (2005, 2003), Wisconsin (2004), Ohio State (2002), Iowa (2001), Michigan State (2000, 1999) and Michigan (1998).
The No. 1 seed has won the tournament only twice: Michigan State in 1999 and Illinois last year.