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The Big Ten should be great next season

Posted on: April 9, 2009 3:41 pm

I'm in the process of finalizing the third annual Ridiculously Early But Still Kind of Fun Top 25 (and one) .

Should be up in a few hours.

One early thought: The Big Ten looks like it might be the nation's best league next season.

I'll have more on this later, I'm certain.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big Ten

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:13 am

The Big Ten should be great next season

Not trying to sound whiney or anything, but I remember this last season, at the end of nonconference play, everyone was saying how good the Big Ten was.  Then, conference play started and everyone started talking about how terrible Big Ten basketball is.

The style of Big Ten ball isn't going to change... as such, I imagine that after all the analysts hop on the Big Ten wagon while the Big Ten is beating up on nonconference opponents, their attitudes will once again change when conference play starts.


Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 3:55 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

 Wisconsin was actually the second-most efficient offense in the Big Ten last season if you just look at conference games.  They scored enough to beat Florida State.  Purdue was unlucky because they had to play UConn in the Sweet 16 - they could've been an Elite 8 team if they had an easier draw - UConn was one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the tournament.  Michigan State came very close to what?  Seems like they went as far as anyone could reasonably expect them to go - the reality was the top teams in the Big East were overrated.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2009 6:29 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

The top Big Ten teams do have a relatively high offensive efficiency - Wisconsin actually led the league during the regular season according to Ken Pomeroy, and Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio St, Penn St, and Michigan all finished in the top 50 overall. If you watched Purdue play when they had Robbie Hummel, you would've seen they could be right up there with Michigan St had Hummel been healthy.

Most of that comes from a lack of turnovers - if you turn the ball over 4 or 5 times less than other teams, those 4 or 5 possessions aren't all going to be a big, fat 0 in your efficiency calculation. Sure, there are some ugly Big Ten games, but I'm not sure why people come down on the half-court game so much, when most of the mediocre (ie, not UNC or Memphis) run-and-gun teams look horrid when they turn the ball over or run down the court and take a bad shot 6 seconds into the shot clock.

What kills Big Ten teams is an inability to score quickly. Teams have to play that much better from behind if they're going to take 20 seconds off the shot clock every time down the court.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 5:35 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

Offensive efficiency wins championships.  It doesn't matter how many points you score as long as you score a high percentage of the time you have the ball.  You can play a slow-down half court game and still have a high efficiency, but you better have a strong defense to back it up.  Purdue and Wisconson are great defensive teams, but they still couldn't score enough to beat their opponents.  Michigan State on the other hand, came very close.  Excluding Illinois, I like the Big Ten style of play.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 4:40 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

I'm so sick of the Big Ten.


Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2009 4:08 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

 I'm so sick of the Big Ten getting knocked for not scoring. Penn St put up 85 at Michigan St, Michigan St put up 90 at Oklahoma st and the Spartans put up 82 on UCONN. So lets put to rest the no scoring in the Big 10. Besides your job is to score more than the other team. One bad game and it's killing the conference. Enough already!


Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 3:43 pm

The Big Ten should be great next season

Big Ten teams might be able to break 80 points next season...combined!  (I kid, I kid) 

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