There certainly are many Big Ten haters out there. But the league is the nation’s deepest and perhaps most competitive this season. You could be looking at nine teams making the 68-team NCAA tournament this season. That would be 75 percent of the league.
Who’s your favorite in the league? Tough call. But it’s difficult to pick against the Buckeyes if they can find a way to play on the road like they did in their 80-63 rout of the Hoosiers on Sunday.
What else mattered this weekend:
Georgetown 69, St. John’s 49: Take away Big East-leading Syracuse and it’s a scrum as a handful of teams battle for second place. The Hoyas are in that group of teams despite recent losses to West Virginia and, more surprisingly, to Cincinnati. Hollis Thompson, the league’s leading three-point shooter, missed only one beyond the arc in the second half, when he scored all of his 20 points.
Boston College 61, Virginia Tech 59: One certainty in recent years has been that, someway, somehow Virginia Tech would find itself on the NCAA tournament bubble come March. It will be hard for the Hokies to continue that streak this season. Playing without leading scorer Erick Green (sprained knee), the Hokies lost to arguably the worst team in the ACC. The Hokies are 0-3 in ACC play with games against North Carolina and Virginia on the immediate horizon.
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