The B1G Tournament is finally returning to its original home.
Announced this past summer, Michigan was selected to host the 2017 B1G Tournament at Alumni Field.
Purdue was originally supposed to host this season, but apparently there were problems with their stadium so they passed on it this year very late, and Michigan was the first school to step up when the conference needed a new place to hold it.
This will be the 10th B1G Tournament ever at Alumni Field.
Michigan hosted the first one back in 1982 at what was then named Varsity Diamond. Alumni Field later hosted the first annual one in 1995.
This will be the first one here since the famous 2005 National Championship season. Michigan also won the B1G Tournament that year easily, outscoring opponents 23-5.
In those days, the tournament hosting right was rewarded to the B1G Regular Season Champion.
The tournament was discontinued after the 2008 season. Despite Michigan winning a share of the B1G Championship that year, co-champion Northwestern had the higher seed and therefore got to host.
The tournament returned in 2013 after the B1G went to 12 teams a year prior. The hosting right became an alphabetical rotation starting with Nebraska in 2013, Northwestern in 2014, OSU in 2015 and so on. Per the rotation, we would've hosted the tournament in 2023 if there were no other interruptions.
No word yet if Purdue will try again next year or Wisconsin will get it (Rutgers cannot host due to obvious reasons).
As for the tournament field, Michigan is the 2 seed for the first time since 2008.
We will face either 7 MSU or 10 Indiana on Friday in a 4:30pm game. The entire tournament will be broadcast live on BTN.
Here is the tournament bracket-
Unless you have a ticket already or don't mind standing room access, you won't be getting in to see Michigan play because both Friday and Saturday tickets are sold out. The only ones available are the Thursday First Round games.
It should be a GREAT atmosphere. It's about time this thing come here. Had the tournament not been discontinued and the hosting still went to the B1G Champion, we would've hosted every single one of them from 2009-2016.
Michigan is 10-4 all-time as a 2 seed in the B1G Tournament.
The last time Michigan was a 2 seed and did not win the B1G Regular Season Championship was 2006. Michigan won the B1G Tournament that year in a 6-0 shutout over B1G Champion Northwestern in Evanston.
Michigan is 22-7 all-time in B1G Tournament home games.
Michigan has won 5 of the 9 B1G Tournaments previously contested in Ann Arbor, the most recent being in 2005 which was a championship for the Blue.
- Michigan has won 3 of the 5 B1G Tournaments where they were a 2 seed.
This team is playing the best it has all year as of late.
Ever since Hutch benched nearly every starter against Wisconsin three weeks ago to send a message, Michigan has outscored opponents 88-6 in the last 9 games.