The start of conference play ratchets up the intensity of NCAA basketball, and not every team (or player) is ready to handle it. If you have any doubts, you can ask all the formerly undefeated teams that didn’t last a week without taking their first loss in league action.
For other squads, though, the conference opener is a chance to put a shaky start in the past and establish themselves as contenders again. The Wisconsin Badgers have done just that in the loaded Big Ten, knocking off a pair of Top 25 foes in posting a 4-1 record to start conference play.
Read on for a closer look at Bo Ryan’s squad and more of the teams and players who have soared or sunk the farthest against conference competition.