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March 14, 2013

Stat Tracker: U-M's Big Ten Tournament performances

A look at how the Wolverines fared, year to year, in the Big Ten Tournament:

1998

Overview: After a fourth-place finish in the regular season, Michigan stormed through the first-ever Big Ten Tournament, beating teams by an average of 12.0 points per game to win the title. The Wolverines have never been back to the conference tournament finals.

All-Tournament Team
Robert Traylor, Michigan
Jerod Ward, Michigan

Quincy Lewis, Minnesota
Brad Miller, Purdue
Mike Robinson, Purdue

Most Outstanding Player: Robert Traylor, Michigan

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Bye
Quarterfinals: Michigan 77, Iowa 66
Semifinals: Michigan 85, Minnesota 69
Finals: Michigan 76, Purdue 67

Michigan Shooting: 92-of-178 from the field (51.7 percent), 28-of-56 from three (50.0 percent).

High scorer: Louis Bullock, 54 points (18.0 per game).

Best Performance: In the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game, Robert "Tractor" Traylor went off, scoring a game-high 24 points and adding 14 rebounds for the double-double, helping the Wolverines to a conference title.

1999

Overview: A year after winning the conference tournament, the Wolverines limped into it with just five Big Ten wins all season, a 12-19 overall record and a disappointing No. 10 seed. Michigan did better than expected, upsetting Purdue in the first round before falling to Ohio State in the next game. But nothing short of a second straight title could have helped mask this stinker of a season.

Champion: Michigan State.

All-Tournament Team
Cory Bradford, Illinois
Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
Antonio Smith, Michigan State
Evan Eschmeyer, Northwestern
Michael Redd, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 79, Purdue 73
Quarterfinals: Ohio State 87, Michigan 69

Michigan Shooting: 42-of-111 from the field (37.8 percent); 13-of-37 from three (35.1 percent).

High scorer: Louis Bullock, 45 points (22.5 points per game).

Best Performance: The Wolverines' season would likely have ended one day earlier without a superb effort from Bullock in the first round. Purdue had beat the Wolverines by 10 earlier in the year, but Bullock went for 26 points and collected seven rebounds to spur the first-round upset.

2000

Overview: Five days before the beginning of the tournament, Michigan was humiliated in East Lansing, losing a game to Michigan State 114-63. That certainly didn't help team psyche. With a No. 8 seeding, the Wolverines sleepwalked through a first-round game with Penn State and wound up exiting earlier than expected. Michigan's season ended one game later with a loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the NIT.

Champion: Michigan State

All-Tournament Team
Brain Cook, Illinois
Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
Morris Peterson, Michigan State
Joe Crispin, Penn State
Jarrett Stephens, Penn State

Most Outstanding Player: Morris Peterson, Michigan State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Penn State 76, Michigan 66

Michigan Shooting: 23-of-58 from the field (39.7 percent); 5-of-20 from three (25.0 percent).

High scorer: Peter Vignier, 14 points.

Best Performance: LaVell Blanchard was two rebounds from a double-double, scoring 14 and grabbing eight boards. But he fouled out early. No one played particularly well against the Nittany Lions.

2001

Overview: Michigan came into this tournament without much of a chance. The Wolverines went 10-18 during the regular season and won just four conference games. The put up a tough fight vs. Penn State but were bounced from the Big Ten Tournament in the first round, ending the season.

Champion: Iowa

All-Tournament Team
Tom Coverdale, Indiana
Joe Crispin, Penn State
Reggie Evans, Iowa
Kirk Haston, Indiana
Jared Jeffries, Indiana

Most Outstanding Player: Reggie Evans, Iowa

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Penn State 82, Michigan 80.

Michigan Shooting: 32-of-60 from the field (53.3 percent); 4-of-14 from three (28.6 percent).

High scorer: Bernard Robinson, Jr., 23 points.

Best Performance: LaVell Blanchard clearly did not want the Wolverines' season to end in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. He scored 22 points and collected 13 boards for the double-double. He also added three assists, a block and a steal.

2002

Overview: Coming in as a No. 10 seed, Michigan disposed of Northwestern in the first round, 72-51, knocking the Wildcats off the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Wolverines' season ended a day later with a closer-than-expected loss to Ohio State, eventual Big Ten Champion.

Champion: Ohio State

All-Tournament Team
Brain Brown, Ohio State
Brent Darby, Ohio State
Reggie Evans, Iowa
Luke Recker, Iowa
Boban Savovic, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Boban Savovic, Ohio State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 72, Northwestern 52
Quarterfinals: Ohio State 68, Michigan 75

Michigan Shooting: 47-of-112 from the field (41.9 percent); 13-of-13 from three (43.3 percent).

High scorer: LaVell Blanchard, 50 points (25.0 per game).

Best Performance: Blanchard scored a game-high 24 points and collected seven boards in the Wolverines' bid for an upset vs. the Buckeyes. Unfortunately, the team fell just short.

2003

Overview: For the first time since the 1998 season, the Wolverines came into the tournament with some expectations, riding a surprisingly successful regular season (17-12 overall, 10-6 Big Ten) to a No. 3 seed in the tournament. Unfortunately, the Wolverines left much earlier than expected, getting upset by Indiana in the quarterfinals.

Champion: Illinois

All-Tournament Team
Sean Connolly, Ohio State
Brain Cook, Illinois
Tom Coverdale, Indiana
Brent Darby, Ohio State
Roger Powell, Illinois

Most Outstanding Player: Brain Cook, Illinois

Michigan's Games
Quarterfinals: Indiana 63, Michigan 56

Michigan Shooting: 19-of-49 from the field (38.9 percent); 6-of-15 from three (40.0 percent).

High scorer: LaVell Blanchard, 21 points.

Best Performance: Although his teams did not perform so well in the tournament, Blanchard definitely did. He score 21 and collected six rebounds vs. the Hooisers.

2004

Overview: The Wolverines made it back to the Big Ten semifinals for the first time since 1998, beating Iowa in the quarters before falling to Illinois. Although the Wolverines did not win the conference, they came out of the tournament with momentum, going on to win the NIT.

All-Tournament Team
Dee Brown, Illinois
Devin Harris, Wisconsin
Deron Williams, Illinois
Mike Wilkinson, Wisconsin
Jitim Young, Northwestern

Most Outstanding Player: Devin Harris, Wisconsin.

Michigan's Games
Quarterfinals: Michigan 79, Iowa 70
Semifinals: Illinois 74, Michigan 60

Michigan Shooting: 95-of-108 from the field (87.9 percent); 16-of-39 from three (41.0 percent).

High scorer: Dion Harris, 34 points (17.0 points per game).

Best Performance: Harris added a game-high 23 points in the Wolverines' quarterfinals win over Iowa.

2005

Overview: After a regressive season, the Wolverines lost to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, closing the door on a disappointing year.

Champion: Illinois

All-Tournament Team

Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
Luther Head, Illinois
Zach Morley, Wisconsin
Vincent Grier, Minnesota
James Augustine, Illinois

Most Outstanding Player: James Augustine, Illinois

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Northwestern 58, Michigan 56

Michigan Shooting: 19-of-47 from the field (40.4 percent); 3-of-16 from three (18.7 percent).

High scorer: Courtney Sims, 25 points.

Best Performance: Without Courtney Sims and Dion Harris, it would have been much worse for the Wolverines. The two of them combined for 44 of the team's 56 points in the loss to Northwestern - no one else added more than four points in the game.

2006

Overview: The Wolverines put themselves in position to potentially make the NCAA Tournament with an 18-9 record (8-8 in conference). But a disappointing loss to Minnesota in the first round sent the Wolverines back to the NIT>

Champion: Iowa

All-Tournament Team
Jeff Horner, Iowa
Maurice Ager, Michigan State
Greg Brunner, Iowa
Jamar Butler, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Jeff Horner, Iowa

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Minnesota 59, Michigan 55.

Michigan Shooting: 21-of-56 from the field (37.5 percent); 4-of-22 from three (18.2 percent).

High scorer: Dion Harris, 16 points.

Best Performance: N/A … The Minnesota loss was too ugly.

2007

Overview: With a 20-11 regular season record, including an 8-8 record in the Big Ten, many thought this would be the year the Wolverines broke through and made the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines took care of business in the first round, beating Minnesota, but the Buckeyes sent them packing in the quarterfinals - and into the NIT.

All-Tournament Team
Greg Oden, Ohio State
Mike Conley, Jr., Ohio State
Carl Landry, Purdue
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
Kammron Flowers, Wisconsin

Most Outstanding Player: Greg Oden, Ohio State

Michigan's Games

Michigan Shooting: 31-of-103 from the field (30.1 percent); 11-of-34 from three (32.4 percent).

High scorer: Dion Harris, 23 points (11.5 per game).

Best Performance: N/A

2008

Overview: The Wolverines definitely struggled in Michigan coach John Beilein's first year with the program, posting a 9-21 record (5-13 in the Big Ten). But they bounced back from a tough regular season (including three straight losses to end it) to upset Iowa in the first round before falling to Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, ending the season.

Champion: Wisconsin

All-Tournament Team
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Shaun Pruitt, Illinois
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
Michael Flowers, Wisconsin
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

Most Outstanding Player: Marcus Landry, Wisconsin

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 55, Iowa 47
Quarterfinals: Wisconsin 51, Michigan 34

Michigan Shooting: 29-of-101 from the field (28.7 percent); 14-of-48 from three (29.2 percent).

High scorer: Manny Harris, 23 points (11.5 per game).

Best Performance: Manny Harris' 19 points were crucial in the win over the Hawykeyes.

2009

Overview: The Wolverines split two games in the Big Ten Tournament - and it was just enough to stay on the right side of the bubble. Michigan earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

Champion: Purdue

All-Tournament Team
Mike Davis, Illinois
Evan Turner, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
JuJuan Johnson, Purdue
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue

Most Outstanding Player: Robbie Hummel, Purdue

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 73, Iowa 45
Quarterfinals: Illinois 60, Michigan 50

Michigan Shooting: 43-of-106 from the field (40.6 percent); 19-of-51 from three (37.3 percent).

High scorer: DeShawn Sims 42 points (21.0 points per game).

Best Performance: Sims poured in 27 points in the Wolverines' win over Iowa, which most likely sealed up their NCAA Tournament bid.

2010

Overview: The Wolverines stumbled in 2010 after making the NCAA Tournament the year before, going 14-16 on the year. But Michigan put itself in position to alleviate the disappointment of a bad regular season, leading Ohio State by two in the quarterfinals with just a handful of seconds to play. Then Evan Turner sent the Wolverines home with an incredible shot. The Buckeyes went on to win the tournament.

Champion: Ohio State

All-Tournament Team
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Devoe Joseph, Minnesota
William Buford, Ohio State
David Lighty, Ohio State
Evan Turner, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Evan Turner, Ohio State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 59, Iowa 52
Quarterfinals: Ohio State 69, Michigan 68

Michigan Shooting: 43-of-99 from the field (43.4 percent); 14-of-46 from three (30.4 percent).

High scorer: Manny Harris, 48 points (24.0 points per game).

Best Performance: Harris put everything he had into the Wolverines' upset bid vs. Ohio State, scoring a game-high 26 points against the Buckeyes. Unfortunately, Turner's last-second shot meant that it was not enough.

2011

Overview: For the second year in a row, the Buckeyes took Michigan out of the Big Ten Tournament in the quarterfinals. This one didn't sting as much, though, as the Wolverines had already locked up an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they blasted Tennessee, 75-45, and nearly upset top-seeded Duke, 73-71.

Champion: Ohio State

All-Tournament Team
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
William Buford, Ohio State
John Diebler, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 60, Illinois 55
Quarterfinals: Ohio State 68, Michigan 61.

Michigan Shooting: 42-of-107 from the field (39.3 percent); 20-of-53 from three (37.7 percent).

High scorer: Darius Morris, 33 points (16.5 per game).

Best Performance: Morris went 6-of-13 from the field and scored 16 points in the quarterfinals, as the Wolverines tried to close out an upset of Ohio State. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes came out on top.

2012

Overview: The Wolverines closed out the regular season strong and won a share of the Big Ten Tournament. After the Gophers took the Wolverines to overtime in the first round, Michigan went into a third straight quarterfinal matchup with Ohio State on tired legs, losing by 20 points.

Champion: Michigan State

All-Tournament Team
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Brandon Wood, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player: Draymond Green, Michigan State

Michigan's Games
Opening Round: Michigan 73, Minnesota 69 (overtime)
Quarterfinals: Ohio State 77, Michigan 55

Michigan Shooting: 41-of-104 from the field (39.4 percent); 12-of-42 from three (30.0 percent).

High scorer: Trey Burke, 35 points

Best Performance: Burke played inspired basketball against Minnesota, pouring in 30 points - every one of which the Wolverines needed in the win.















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