Big Ten announces its basketball pres...

Big Ten announces its basketball presence with authority

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 8, 2008, titled Big Ten announces its basketball presence with authority. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It's early in the college basketball season, but not too early to give the Big Ten some credit.

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Reality

Madison, WI

#1 Dec 11, 2008
Minnesota and Illinois are hot? Who have they played exactly? How many road games have they played? They have played 3 combined road games and 14 home games. Their marquee wins are against an average to poor Virginia team and a 3 loss Georgia team.

Purdue and Wisconsin have underwhelmed? Their four losses are to #2 UConn on a neutral floor,#5 Oklahoma on a neutral floor,#7 Duke, and at #24 Marquette. Not to mention that 3 of those 4 losses were in doubt late in the second half.
A Kurth

United States

#2 Dec 18, 2008
I'm not sure I'd call Iowa a "cold" team by any measure. While they're certainly not among the best teams in the Big Ten, their young team has had a much better season thus far than pundits were predicting, and their RPI ranks #51 nationally, well above Purdue, Indiana, and Penn State, and just one slot behind Michigan State.

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