March Madness 2012: Predicting the All-Big Ten Teams

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March Madness 2012: Predicting the All-Big Ten Teams
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The Big Ten has established itself as the top conference in America during the 2011-12 season, topping RPI rankings as well as respected computer metrics like Jeff Sagarin's.

Five Big Ten schools are projected to receive top-four seeds in the NCAA Tournament according to Joe Lunardi's March 2 edition of Bracketology.

In another sign of respect, NCAA Tournament talk continued to swirl around teams like Minnesota and Illinois, silencing only when those schools slumped to conference winning percentages approaching Jose Reyes' batting average.

These groups of the top players in America's best conference represent the greatest aspects of college basketball. For starters, there are only two freshmen in the bunch. Even though the glamorous one-and-done talents don't flock to East Lansing or Madison, the players who do will stay a while and become part of the fabric of their school's history, as well as the conference's.

These 20 players may not dominate the SportsCenter highlights, but they play the game well. There's still something to be said for that.

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