The Big Ten set a record even before the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament started.
The conference is the first to put a total of four teams on the first two starting lines in tournament history. Illinois, the Big Ten tournament champion, and Michigan, the regular season champion, are No.1. Ohio State and Iowa, Big Ten tournament finalists, are No.2.
The conference produced the SN Player of the Year in Iowa’s Luka Garza and Coach of the Year to Juwan Howard. The Big Ten also led all conferences with nine submissions. It was the best conference in the country in the regular season.
Will this notion of “sharpening iron” pay off for a conference that has been successful in tournament play but has not won a national championship since 2000?
There are a few statistical trends that work in favor of the Big Ten.
How many Big Ten teams participated in the NCAA tournament?
Nine Big Ten teams competed in the 2021 NCAA tournament, a new conference record. A Big Ten team is also one of the top two seeds in each region: No.1 Illinois (Midwest), No.1 Michigan (east), No.2 Ohio State. (south) and Iowa No. 2 (west).
No other conference has more than seven teams on the 68-field. The ACC and the Big 12 have seven teams each, the SEC has six, the Pac-12 has five, and the Big East has four.
Will most offers make Big Ten more successful?
The Big Ten have the most offers this season, and the conference could have set a record had the 2020 NCAA tournament not been canceled by COVID-19. The Big Ten led all conferences with eight submissions in 2019, and Michigan State made the Final Four.
Since 1985, the conference with the most tournament offers has produced the national champion only 10 times in 35 tournaments.
Since 2010, however, the Big East and the ACC have dominated when it comes to producing the most submissions, and this has led to national championships in both conferences. UConn (2011) and Louisville (2013) won national championships after playing in the Big East, and North Carolina (2017) won out of the ACC.
Most tournament offers since 2010
|YEAR||CONFERENCE||OFFERS||FOUR FINAL TEAMS|
|2010||Big East||8||West Virginia|
|2011||Big East||11||UConn *|
|2013||Big East||8||Louisville *, Syracuse|
|2015||Big Ten / Big 12||7||Wisconsin|
|2016||ACC / Big 12 / Pac-12 / Big Ten||7||North Carolina, Syracuse, Oklahoma|
|2019||Big ten||8||Michigan State|
* Designates the national champion
Will the Big Ten benefit if they have the most teams?
How many No.1 and No.2 do the Big Ten have?
The Big Ten have never had more than two No.1 or No.2 ranked teams in the same tournament in the era of expanded support.
The Big Ten set the record with four teams on the No.1 and No.2 bloodlines this year. This is a testament to the strength of the national championship caliber teams within the conference. The conference had at least two teams on the top two rows in 12 tournaments.
One conference has put three teams on those two lines eight times in NCAA tournament history. The ACC has done it four times, including the last three tournaments of 2017-19. A team from this conference has won the national title three times in those four seasons.
Conferences with three teams as seeds n ° 1 or n ° 2
|YEAR||CONF||N ° 1 or N ° 2||WHAT HAPPENED|
|2003||Large 12||3||Kansas (finalist), Texas (Final Four), Oklahoma (Elite Eight)|
|2005||ACC||3||North Carolina (Champion), Duke (Sweet 16), Wake Forest (2nd round)|
|2009||Big East||3||UConn (Final Four), Louisville (Elite Eight), Pitt (Elite Eight)|
|2010||Big East||3||West Virginia (Final Four), Syracuse (Sweet 16), Villanova (2nd round)|
|2017||ACC||3||North Carolina (Champion), Duke (2nd round), Louisville (2nd round)|
|2018||ACC||3||Duke (Elite Eight), North Carolina (2nd round), Virginia (1st round)|
|2019||ACC||3||Virginia (Champion), Duke (Elite Eight), North Carolina (Sweet 16)|
The Big Ten are expected to have this opportunity in 2021 given that at least three teams are expected to be ranked No.1 or No.2.
How are the seeds of Big Ten No. 1 and No. 2 doing?
The good news is that Big Ten teams ranked No.1 or No.2 had a high success rate in Big Dance.
Of the 41 teams ranked # 1 or # 2, 15 in total reached the Final Four. That’s a success rate of 36.6. This is the second highest rate among major conferences.
|CONF||N ° 1 or N ° 2||SQUARE FINAL||PCT|
Knowing these numbers, it’s a good bet that at least one – and maybe two – Big Ten teams can make it to the Final Four in 2021.
Will that lead to the long-awaited national championship?
Big Ten national championship seasons
The Big Ten have won three national championships in the Extended Fork Era, and some of the marks from those three seasons are similar to 2020-2021.
Indiana won the national title as the No. 1 seed in 1987; the last national championship under Bob Knight. The Big Ten were tied with the Big East with six tournament offers that season, and Iowa reached elite eight as a No.2 seed.
Michigan won the 1989 NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed. The conference had five entries for the tournament, and Indiana and Illinois were both No. 1. The Hoosiers were eliminated. in the Sweet 16 and the Wolverines beat the Illini in the Final Four.
Michigan State won the tournament as the No. 1 seed in 2000. The Big Ten was tied with the Big 12 and the SEC for the most tournament submissions with six, and the Spartans took advantage with a run. championship.
This year, the Big Ten are expected to produce at least seven tournament offers, and could set a record by becoming the first conference to place four teams on the No.1 and No.2 lines. the conference.
Will either of those teams finally strike with a race for the national title?