Last season, the Big Ten was the nation's best conference. Sure, no member of the league has won a National Championship since Michigan State defeated Florida in the 2000 title, though Michigan did give Louisville all it could take in the 2013 finals.
Once again, at least half the league's members should make the NCAA tournament, though in my estimation I figure seven or eight of the 12 squads will participate in the 2014 version of March Madness. There are no gimme games, and the league is deeper than ever.
A year from now, our focus may be turned to the league's two new members, Maryland and Rutgers. For the time being though, let's turn out attention to Top 10 teams like Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota all participated in last year's NCAA tournament and would love to go back again this March.
This is Iowa's season to get back to the field of 68 and even make some noise once they get there. Purdue and Penn State each look to build on down years, while Northwestern and Nebraska are the only BCS conference teams to have never won NCAA tournament games. Here is a look at each team's starting lineup, eight-man rotation and a quick synopsis.