We interrupt Memphis week to bring you this dispatch from the larger world of college basketball: Yet Another Basketball Blog notes the following:
- With two teams still alive, the Big Ten has already matched the number of NCAA Tournament wins (5) we’d expect based on their tournament seeds.
- For the second consecutive year, the ACC has sent only one team to the Sweet Sixteen
Given the dominance of the ACC over the Big Ten in their annual nonconference challenge, is it possible that the seemingly boredom-inducing conference play of the Big Ten actually serves as better preparation for the NCAA Tournament than the more visually attractive stylings of the ACC?
Admittedly, we’re dealing with only a two-year time frame here (and, to be fair, the Big Ten only sent one team to the Sweet Sixteen last season). But don’t let anyone tell you the Big Ten is inherently inferior to the ACC. When it comes time to play for the big chips, we do just fine.
Update: Nittany White Out has an expanded and more passionate defense of the Big Ten’s play in the NCAA Tournament relative to the other major conferences. Right on, I say.