Re: Big Ten being top heavy...they do now have BOTH of the only teams in major conferences to have never won an NCAA tournament game. TCU has a prouder basketball tradition than Nebraska and NW combined and it still hurt our conference in hoops strength.
To show just how insanely and historically bad these two teams have been. South Florida was the only other team to accomplish this feat of SUCK. They were only in the club for about ten years until they won TWO games last year. Neb and NW are quickly back alone being the worst programs of all time.
While I agree the Big Ten is a great league at the top this year, historically they have the easiest major conference wins built into the bottom of the league.
Still work left to do, for sure. Currently, ISU is in the mix mainly by status-quo'ing it. Probably took a slight step up last week with a "good road loss" and taking care of biz vs. a sub-100 team.
It could swing back the other way quite easily. Lunardi's most recent bracket had Virginia as a 10 seed. Then came two sub-100 road losses, making UVa 2-4 vs. sub-100. I imagine UVa would be back on the bubble.
Northwestern lost their best and arguably third best players after those games so that's why they look so awful now. They were an above average team at that point in the year.
NW is NOT a good team right now and probably will have a losing record at the end of the year. IMO I think the Hawks end the Big 10 at 8-10 and just miss out of the NCAA Tourney. REMEMBER Hawk fans, that Iowa needs to have a few GOOD wins. They need to beat 1 or 2 ranked teams if they plan on even getting into the NCAA.
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