QUESTION: Michigan became the lowest seed (No. 8) to win the Big Ten Tournament last year. What is the lowest seed to reach the title game?
ANSWER: Illinois was seeded 11th in the second Big Ten tourney when it beat Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio State before losing to top-seeded Michigan State in the 1999 final. The Illini also were the second-lowest seed to reach the final, advancing as the No. 10 in 2008 before losing to Wisconsin.