The second greatest conference so far in our Value Add Basketball Game is the Big Ten - which has had 21 National Champions, and Maryland won the title in 2002 before joining the Big Ten. Here is the list by school - Chicago 1907-1909; Illinois 1915; Indiana 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981,1987; Maryland 2002; Michigan 1989; Michigan State 1979, 2000; Minnesota 1902, 1919; Northwestern 1931; Ohio State 1960; Purdue 1932; Wisconsin 1912, 1914, 1916, 1941.
The conference is led so far by the last undefeated team in basketball, Bobby Knight's 1976 squad, followed by the last actual Big Ten Champion, the 2000 Michigan State Spartans.
It truly is amazing the Big Ten has technically not won a title this century (2000 is technically is the last year of the 20th century). Consider that Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin to a 2015 Final Four upset against the Kentucky team that was considered by some the greatest ever until that game. Further only a bizarre final few seconds cost Purdue a win over eventual national champ Virginia in 2018. Michigan State is constantly on the verge of a title.
So far the top 6 teams in the conference are 15-6 against the other greatest teams, and rank second with a 5.8 rating - which estimates they are about 6 points better than the average great team in the game - or about 27 points better than the average team.
|Rnk||Great Team||Year||Key Player||W||L||Pts||Allow||Rate|
|Top 6 Other Conf||15||6||73.7||68.2||5.8|
|2||Michigan St.||2000||Mateen Cleaves||3||0||88.3||78.3||7.3|
|6||Michigan St.||1979||Magic Johnson||2||1||70.3||62.7||4.1|
|10||Ohio St.||1960||Jerry Lucas||0||1||78.0||79.0||2.2|
|13||Michigan St.||2009||Draymond Green||6||3||71.3||71.9||0.9|
|15||Ohio St.||2007||Greg Oden||2||3||70.2||71.4||-0.4|
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