For a conference in a down year, the Big Ten is having a pretty good NCAA Tournament.
Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin are all among the 16 teams still alive. The No. 8 seed Badgers knocked out defending champion and top overall seed Villanova on Saturday afternoon. No. 4 seed Purdue held off Iowa State later that night, while No. 7 seed Michigan upset Louisville on Sunday.
The three teams left are tied for the most of any conference. The Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC all have three teams remaining, as well. The Big East has two squads left, and the ACC and WCC are represented by No. 1 seeds UNC and Gonzaga, respectively (the ACC had nine teams in the tournament, but eight are already gone).
Neither this fact nor Xavier’s waxing of Florida State makes Maryland’s first-round exit any less disheartening, but some of the Terps’ accomplishments this season are looking a little better in retrospect.
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Here’s Dan Steinberg on why you should be paying attention to all of this.
Illinois hired Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood as its new head coach.
And of course, Duke lost.