The Big Ten Conference has been railed on this week for their bad college football teams, but if no one has noticed, the conference is boasting five of the top 11 teams in college basketball according to this week’s Associated Press poll.
It is very obvious right now that the Big Ten is a basketball conference and not a football power. While the top teams are going to knock each other off in conference play, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if two teams make the Final Four out of the Big Ten when the NCAA Tournament gets going in March.
There are teams like the Michigan Wolverines, who are undefeated at 13-0 heading into the weekend’s play and are No. 2 in the country or the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are No. 8 and face the No. 11 Illinois Fighting Illini. I don’t want to forget the No. 5-ranked Indiana Hoosiers or the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers either along the way. Would anyone be shocked if two of these five play for a national title? I know I wouldn’t be shocked by that.
The Big Ten is showing how great their basketball is this year. When the NCAA Tournament comes, nobody in the country is going to want to play any of these five teams or even the Michigan State Spartans, who are ranked No. 18.
It is a top-heavy conference obviously with those six teams as opposed to the other six in the Big Ten but it is shaping up to be a very special season for the teams of the Big Ten.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.