When the first-ever early tournament Top 4 seeds were released recently, the Big Ten Conference was left out. Though Wisconsin and Purdue were Top 16 teams in the polls, the selection committee thought otherwise.
It is widely acknowledged this is a down year for the Big Ten. This is easily understood when you realize Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan are not among the top four teams record-wise in the conference.
The Badgers might be 21-4 (11-11 ATS) and atop the league, but they are being punished for rather weak nonconference slate, but in their defense, it was not known when they scheduled Syracuse and Oklahoma previously, they would be this lacking in talent.
The Big Ten is still a respectable fourth in conference RPI, but the lack of athleticism in the entire league and player leadership on various team’s is holding the conference back.
The next question for our purposes, does this have impact on making college basketball picks? Decided to break it all down from a conference only perspective.
The current Top 4 teams in the league in standings order are Wisconsin, Purdue, Maryland and Northwestern. They have been the strongholds and in 24 home games among them, they have only been an underdog once. Here are their records, including those against the college basketball odds.