ORIGINAL: Matt Dahl
Ed, why do you say the Big Ten is so-so? Other than the Pac-10, I think it's the strongest conference top to bottom. Several wonderful teams in Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Purdue. Then you've got a very strong Minnesota team, an underrated Illinois team. Even Northwestern gave the Gophers a real run in the tourney. This is the best the Big Ten has been in 15 years.
Are you kidding? The bottom five teams in the conference are downright awful. Best in 15 years??? This is probably the worst the conference has been, top to bottom, in the last 15 years. Heck, just three years ago Iowa was 7th in the conference yet still had more than 20 wins.
Ohio State and Purdue, while better than expected, are no where near "wonderful". Wisconsin will have an early exit again in the tourney, in fact, I highly doubt you will see one Big Ten team make the final 8.
And you completely discount the Big East? Pittsburgh, 7th in the Big East, has 25 wins. They played most of the season without their two best players. If they were in the Big Ten, they would probably have finished 1st or 2nd.
< Message edited by Pete C -- 3/15/2008 10:57:52 AM >