February 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Big Ten announces sellout for men's basketball tournament

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson beats Ohio State guard Aaron Craft to a loose ball in the Big Ten tournament semifinals last season in Chicago. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

The Big Ten menís basketball tournament is proving to be a tough ticket.

The Big Ten office announced Monday that the tournament, scheduled for March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, is sold out for the second straight season.

Indianapolis is the first city to host the menís and womenís tournaments in the same year. Itís the ninth time the menís tournament will be played in Indianapolis, the last coming in 2012, which was won by Michigan State.

The menís format features 11 games over a four-day span, beginning with four games on Thursday. The top four teams receive first-round byes into the Friday quarterfinals.