Friday, January 21, 2011

Note: Big Ten is Crazy

The Big East conference is clearly the class of college basketball so far this season; however, the Big Ten is very talented and competitive as well. Currently, six teams are ranked in the Big Ten, and of the unranked teams, Penn State and Northwestern are great teams.  Penn State had a streak of five straight games vs. ranked Big Ten teams, in which they went 2-3.  2 of their losses were by a total of four points, so they are no pushover.  The Big Ten still has one undefeated team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, but they could lose two or three times in the Big Ten alone. 

The Big Ten is very deep in talent, with Purdue, Illinois, and Michigan State all poised to make a run at a Big Ten title.  Wisconsin and Minnesota also have an opportunity to make a run in the tournament and are talented enough to go far into the NCAA tourney.  The top 8 Big Ten teams can compete directly with the class of the Big East, but they still have ways to go to be as deep as the Big East.  The Big Ten could have 7 teams in the tournament this year, but the Big East has an outside chance at 11 teams gaining admission into the tourney.  Watch out for a crazy Big Ten and Big East tournament this year, with so many teams having the ability to win the conference tournaments.  

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