The commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delany, said CBS and ESPN were biased against his conference.
My plea: absolutely guilty, Big Jim.
Tried and convicted.
Much of your league was unwatchable this season. That's not East Coast bias. It's not bias of any kind. It's accurate.
Just because I prefer stuffed salmon to canned tuna doesn't make me biased, it means I have excellent taste. Thusly if you think the Big Ten, as a league, isn't as good as others then that means you know basketball.
The ugliest basketball game of the year played by major schools was Penn State's 38-33 victory over Illinois. The game was the lowest scoring total for the Illini since 1947 and they missed 17 of their first 20 shots. Each miss was like a needle to the eye.
The team’s combined 71 points was the lowest in a Division I game since Monmouth beat Princeton 41-21 in 2005. So that's the company Big Ten basketball kept this season: Monmouth and Princeton.
In the Big Ten teams still shoot free throws with two hands.
Michigan State is a great story with an outstanding coach but the conference overall is just not that good.
I get the feeling Delany is jealous over the attention the Big East schools received. But they deserved that attention. It's a far better conference.
Given time the Big Ten will be as good as the Big East.
The year 2050 sounds about right.