All Session Men’s and Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tourney Tix on sale October 20th

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Men’s Tourney returns to Chicago for the 1st Time since 2007

Park Ridge, Ill. – All-session tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Noon CT. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held in the Chicagoland area for the first time from March 7-10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago from March 14-17.

Lower level tickets for both tournaments can be purchased at all 12 Big Ten university ticket offices, but please contact the schools directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets for the women’s event can be purchased through the Sears Centre Arena ticket offices at 1-888-SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or http://www.searscentre.com. Upper level tickets for the men’s tournament may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through the United Center ticket offices at 312-455-4668 or http://www.unitedcenter.com.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets are available for $60 through January 31, which is a 25 percent discount off the regular price of $80. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block for their respective team’s games are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office. The women’s tournament will feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Sears Centre Arena.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the 100 and 200 levels at the United Center are available for $325 through the Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the 300 level are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the United Center box office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

The 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held outside of Indianapolis for the first time since 2001 and just the second time in conference history. The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Chicago, which hosted the inaugural event in 1998 and on seven total occasions, most recently in 2007. For more information on both events, including full brackets, go to bigten.org.

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Leuer Selected in 2nd Round by Milwaukee

Bucks select Jon Leuer with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft

MADISON, Wis. – Former Wisconsin men’s basketball player Jon Leuer had his boyhood dream realized on Thursday night as he was chosen in the 2011 NBA Draft.  Leuer was selected in the second round with the 40th overall selection by the Milwaukee Bucks to become  the 35th player in school history, and the third in the last seven years, to be drafted.

The Orono, Minn., native is the fifth Badger to be chosen by the Bucks and the first since Rashard Griffith in 1995.  In fact, with Leuer’s selection, three of the past seven Badgers to be drafted have been chosen by Milwaukee.

An honorable mention All-American in 2010-11, Leuer was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and led the Badgers  with 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. With 1,376 career points, Leuer finished 12th in school  history, while his 621 points last season ranked as the third-highest single-season total in UW history.  Prior to  Leuer, the last Badger to be drafted was Alando Tucker who was chosen 29th overall by Phoenix in 2007.

Jon Leuer posted on Twitter after being selected by the Bucks: “Wow! I’ve Poured my heart and soul into this game and it feels unbelievable to be rewarded.  Feels great to be a Buck”

Wisconsin Basketball Set to Play in Chicago over Thanksgiving

MADISON, Wis. – A trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend is on the line for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team as the Badgers headline the field for the sixth annual Chicago Invitational Challenge, Nov. 25-26, at the Sears Centre Arena.

The eight-team tournament will begin with opening-round games at Wisconsin as well as fellow-Sweet 16 participant Brigham Young (32-5 in 2010-11), Bradley (12-20) and Nevada (13-19). Final round games then take place Nov. 25-26 at the Sears Centre Arena.

Wofford (21-13), Missouri-Kansas City (16-14), Longwood (12-19) and Prairie View A&M (10-22) round out the field.

Opening-round dates and exact matchups are still to be determined.

The Badgers return 11 players from last year’s Sweet 16 squad, including a starting backcourt of All-American senior guard Jordan Taylor and sophomore Josh Gasser. Finishing with a 25-9 record, Wisconsin took third place in the Big Ten and reached the NCAA tournament for the 13th-straight season.

Taylor Named UW’s Male Athlete of the Year

MADISON, Wis. — Following a season filled with outstanding performances, University of Wisconsin Athletics has selected junior men’s basketball player Jordan Taylor as its Male Athlete of the Year.   Taylor was the backcourt mainstay for a UW team that posted a perfect record at the Kohl Center, carried its 13th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance all the way to the Sweet 16 and knocked off the nation’s No. 1-ranked team.  A prolific scorer, his steady hand also helped UW set an NCAA record for fewest turnovers at 7.6 per game.  Taylor will now be considered for the Big Ten Conference’s top athlete honor, the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.

Jordan Taylor (Men’s Basketball)  

As the Badgers’ starting point guard, Taylor was instrumental in helping the UW men’s basketball team to a third-place Big Ten finish and its 13th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, a run that saw the Badgers down Belmont and Kansas State before falling to Butler in a  regional semifinal.  Along the way, the second-team All-American emerged as one of the nation’s top all-around  players and contributed to a memorable season that included a perfect 16-0 record at the Kohl Center and a  thrilling win over then-unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Ohio State.  Taylor’s star shined brightest in that victory over  the Buckeyes, when he scored 21 of his game-high 27 points as part of a furious second-half rally that saw UW  claw back from a 15-point deficit to score a 71-67 win. In one stretch, Taylor scored eight consecutive points as  UW put together a 15-0 run that led to the program’s first victory over the nation’s top-ranked team since 1962.    It was one of several outstanding performances for Taylor, who ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring during  conference play (20.1 ppg) and fourth in all games (18.2 ppg). He scored in double figures in 32 of 34 games and  scored 20-plus points 15 times, finishing the season with 1,001 career points.  That includes the career-high 39  he scored in a win at Indiana, a game that saw Taylor go 7-for-8 from 3-point range and rattle off 17 straight  points during a stretch of the second half.  In addition to his scoring prowess, Taylor led the nation with his  sparkling 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio — which included a 4.63 mark in Big Ten play — and earned a spot of the  Big Ten All-Defensive Team.  In fact, Taylor was one of just three players nationally to lead his league in assist-to-turnover ratio and rank among its top-five scorers.  Awards poured in for the Bloomington, Minn., native, who was named an All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports and CBSSports.com. A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Taylor was one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award — presented to the nation’s top point guard — and was one of 20 players on the John R. Wooden Award ballot for national player of the year.

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