Dec. 4, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Make sure you have the best seats to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans at the 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse March 5-8.
Secure the best seats available by contacting the Michigan State ticket office at (517) 355-1610 or by visiting the ticket office web site by clicking here.
To reward fans for their support of the tournament over the years, all-session tickets are on sale for $45 for the first 45 days of public sale. That is a $20 discount from the regular price of $65. The ticket promotion ends Jan. 19, 2009.
The Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments will call Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home through 2012. Indianapolis has staged 13 of the 14 previous women's tournaments. The 2009 tournament features all 11 Big Ten teams in action, competing in 10 games over four days to crown the 2009 champion and earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
In the past 14 years of Big Ten Tournament play, the conference has welcomed more than 417,000 fans. Indianapolis set the single-session record of 9,417 fans during the 2004 championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse. Six different conference representatives have won the tournament championship. Reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue leads all teams with seven titles, followed by two championships for both Iowa and Penn State and one title each for Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.
The tournament schedule, including TV information, is as follows (game times are listed in EST):
Session 1 (First Round)
Game 1: Thursday, March 5, Noon - #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed, Big Ten Network
Game 2: Thursday, March 5, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1 - #6 Seed vs. #11 Seed, Big Ten Network
Game 3: Thursday, March 5, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 2 - #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed, Big Ten Network
Session 2 (Quarterfinals)
Game 4: Friday, March 6, 11:30 p.m. - #2 Seed vs. Game 1 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 5: Friday, March 6, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 4 - #3 Seed vs. Game 2 Winner, Big Ten Network
Session 3 (Quarterfinals)
Game 6: Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. - #1 Seed vs. Game 3 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 7: Friday, March 6, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 6 - #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed, Big Ten Network
Session 4 (Semifinals)
Game 8: Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 9: Saturday, March 7, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 8 - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, Big Ten Network
Session 5 (Championship)
Game 10: Sunday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. - Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, ESPN2
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