Big Ten Conference
March 6, 2013Owensville High School
Big Ten Conference
This year the Big Ten Conference is stacked. When it comes to college basketball, there is no doubt in my mind that the Big Ten is number one in terms of talented teams this year. They have multiple National Title contenders and the Big Ten tournament this year will almost resemble the NCAA tournament. In all likelihood, by the time for the conference tournament, there could be 6 or 7 ranked teams in the conference, meaning that two or three of them do not get first round byes; a crazy accomplishment by a single conference.
This conference has multiple teams that have a legitimate chance to win a national title. The Big Ten has had at least 5 teams that have been ranked in the top ten at least once this year. Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, and Ohio State are probably the four best teams in the conference and four of the best in the whole country.
Indiana has been ranked number one three times this year. With Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, this team is perfect for a title run. This team also includes many supporting players, like Hulls and Watford. This team has a chance to be the best in all the land.
Michigan is probably the second-best team in the conference. With Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, their backcourt is as good as it gets. The maize and blue will run deep, possibly to the Final Four. Across the state in East Lansing, the rivalry has been revived as Michigan State is competing intensely for first place as well. Tom Izzo and his Spartans could travel to another Final Four.
Other teams that are contending in this conference are Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Anybody could win in college basketball as the numerous upsets in this conference have proven. The winner of the Big Ten tournament will likely not receive anything besides bragging rights as almost all of these teams will meet in the tournament, potentially meeting.