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It doesn't seem to matter whether it's Big 10 football or basketball when it comes to the NCAA tournament or Bowl games most Big 10 teams go down without much of a fight . I know Ohio State and Wisconsin are the only two teams left from the seven teams that made it to the big dance . But to lose to the VCU , Temple , UCLA , teams that haven't won a championship in years and two that have never won in college basketball . If a Horizon league small school out of Indiana like Butler can beat a powerhouse like Pitt why can't Purdue beat VCU , Penn State beat Temple , or Michigan State beat UCLA ? Is it the coaching , the players , or is it both ? I guess Ohio State will be the Big 10's saving grace , or the Big 10 will be a Big Bust ?  

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March 22, 2011  03:24 PM ET
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What do you mean never won? Temple is #6 all time in NCAA basketball wins with 1711. They made the NCAAs every year from 1990 to 2001 (coach John Chaney) and were ranked #1 in the country entering the tourney in 1988. Please recall Chaney went after John Calipari then of UMASS wanting to choke the itiate. Too bad he was restrained. Temple has been to the tourney since 2008 (4 years). As for VCU, no respect but they have clobbered USC, Georgetown and Perdue to the point that none of the games was a contest with 10 minutes left to go, especially Perdue in what was almost a home crowd!! VCU has only won an average of 25 games the last 5 years. What's Michigan done in the last 10 years? Purdue? Don't sell teams short just because they aren't from a major conference. When was the last time the Big east had a final 4 team with all of the teams thay have had in the tourney?

Temple hasn't won an NCAA championship but they have a winning tradition but have never won the big prize ,

March 22, 2011  04:37 PM ET

Come on the only school which chocked from the big 10 was Purdue...MSU should not have been in the Tourny and played UCLA all the way, TSUN played well against Duke, Penn State did as expected. Admit your love for the big 10 and you will be a happy person!

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March 22, 2011  06:45 PM ET
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If you want to talk big prize, when was the last time any Big 10 school won the big prize? Michigan with Rice? When did KY last win the whole thing? Can't remember. Other than Florida, what SEC school has won the NCAA's in the last 50 years? Temple went to more consecutive NCAA"s than about every team mentioned!! Go VCU!!

University of Arkansas - I remember the 40 mins of Heil

March 22, 2011  07:21 PM ET
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If you want to talk big prize, when was the last time any Big 10 school won the big prize? Michigan with Rice? When did KY last win the whole thing? Can't remember. Other than Florida, what SEC school has won the NCAA's in the last 50 years? Temple went to more consecutive NCAA"s than about every team mentioned!! Go VCU!!

Michigan State won with Mateen Cleaves , Jason Richardson , Charlie Bell , and company in 2000 .

March 23, 2011  03:26 AM ET

The Butler comparison is dumb. Butler has a better coach and better system than any Big Ten school and have been good for the last 10 years

March 23, 2011  04:22 AM ET
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The Butler comparison is dumb. Butler has a better coach and better system than any Big Ten school and have been good for the last 10 years

The fouls at the end of the game were dumb. Butler got lucky.

March 23, 2011  09:17 AM ET

PSU hasn't been to the tournament in 10 years, spent the whole season on the bubble, only made the tourney with a strong Conference Tournament run beating a current sweet 16 team in the process and had a lower seed than Temple.

YET still only lost on a last-second shot with their best defended/rebounder/shot blocker out for the second half with a dislocated shoulder.

And you call that overrated for the conference?

PSU over-achieved this year - WAY over-achieved. Too lump them in as an example of an overrated Big Ten team makes no sense.

The conference this year has one great team and two pretty good teams and 4 or 5 decent, but not great teams. It fits a great bell curve. But not overrated.

March 23, 2011  10:56 AM ET
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The fouls at the end of the game were dumb. Butler got lucky.

Luck comes to those who are most prepared. Nice try though

March 23, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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PSU hasn't been to the tournament in 10 years, spent the whole season on the bubble, only made the tourney with a strong Conference Tournament run beating a current sweet 16 team in the process and had a lower seed than Temple.YET still only lost on a last-second shot with their best defended/rebounder/shot blocker out for the second half with a dislocated shoulder.And you call that overrated for the conference?PSU over-achieved this year - WAY over-achieved. Too lump them in as an example of an overrated Big Ten team makes no sense.The conference this year has one great team and two pretty good teams and 4 or 5 decent, but not great teams. It fits a great bell curve. But not overrated.

Who said they were overrated ? They underachieved in my humble opinion the coaches and the players in the tournament .

March 23, 2011  11:56 AM ET

Well if you want to compare what it means to underachieve then I guess you have to compare yourself to the other power conferences.
The Big Ten is 7-5 in the tourney
The Big East is 9-9
The ACC is 7-1
THe Big 12 is 4-4

When you factor in the seeding of the teams then the BIG UNDERACHIEVERS are the Big East teams not the Big Ten teams.

Butler is done after this tournemant for the next 5 years. There will be no more sweet 16 runs and if Brad chases the money like Lickliter then Butler will be irrevelant once again. Remember Brads success in recruiting was built off of Lickliter and if Brad leaves who would be able to coach and recruit at this high of a level? The answer is no one. Butlers success in recruiting started when yours trully Thad Matta came back to Bulter. Lets not act like Butler has had there success just do to Brad. It has been 10 years in the making with 3 high level coaching hires.

March 23, 2011  12:19 PM ET
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Who said they were overrated ? They underachieved in my humble opinion the coaches and the players in the tournament .

<Grue flips context of post....>

Oooohhhh. Gotya.

My bad. Yes, they certainly underachieved.

March 23, 2011  01:36 PM ET
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If you want to talk big prize, when was the last time any Big 10 school won the big prize? Michigan with Rice? When did KY last win the whole thing? Can't remember. Other than Florida, what SEC school has won the NCAA's in the last 50 years? Temple went to more consecutive NCAA"s than about every team mentioned!! Go VCU!!

How about Michigan State in 2000. When did KY win? How about 98 with Tubby Smith current head coach of the Big Ten Goeffers.

March 23, 2011  02:06 PM ET
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The Butler comparison is dumb. Butler has a better coach and better system than any Big Ten school and have been good for the last 10 years

Tom Izzo just called and he said, "score board". Come on man. The head is inflated a little too much.

Since 98 Izzo has had 14 tournament bids, 9 sweet six appearances, 7 elite eight appearances and has been to the finals 2 times where he won one.

Even if you combined Thad Matta, Licklitter, and Brads record at Butler they still wouldn't add up to Izzo's resume in the tourney.

March 23, 2011  08:48 PM ET
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Tom Izzo just called and he said, "score board". Come on man. The head is inflated a little too much. Since 98 Izzo has had 14 tournament bids, 9 sweet six appearances, 7 elite eight appearances and has been to the finals 2 times where he won one. Even if you combined Thad Matta, Licklitter, and Brads record at Butler they still wouldn't add up to Izzo's resume in the tourney.

That's a FACT!

March 23, 2011  08:50 PM ET
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Well if you want to compare what it means to underachieve then I guess you have to compare yourself to the other power conferences. The Big Ten is 7-5 in the tourneyThe Big East is 9-9The ACC is 7-1 THe Big 12 is 4-4When you factor in the seeding of the teams then the BIG UNDERACHIEVERS are the Big East teams not the Big Ten teams. Butler is done after this tournemant for the next 5 years. There will be no more sweet 16 runs and if Brad chases the money like Lickliter then Butler will be irrevelant once again. Remember Brads success in recruiting was built off of Lickliter and if Brad leaves who would be able to coach and recruit at this high of a level? The answer is no one. Butlers success in recruiting started when yours trully Thad Matta came back to Bulter. Lets not act like Butler has had there success just do to Brad. It has been 10 years in the making with 3 high level coaching hires.

I'm a Big 10 fan just letting off a little steam

March 24, 2011  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The Butler comparison is dumb. Butler has a better coach and better system than any Big Ten school and have been good for the last 10 years

Butler has had several coaches including Thad !

March 24, 2011  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Tom Izzo just called and he said, "score board". Come on man. The head is inflated a little too much. Since 98 Izzo has had 14 tournament bids, 9 sweet six appearances, 7 elite eight appearances and has been to the finals 2 times where he won one. Even if you combined Thad Matta, Licklitter, and Brads record at Butler they still wouldn't add up to Izzo's resume in the tourney.

Lets see what happens this year maybe you will need to change your tune1

 
March 24, 2011  05:38 PM ET

I am 5 minutes away from Butler and i do like them a lot but I am not a homer. They will lose plain and simple. It will be very hard for Butler to run the table this year given their depth.

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