Originally Posted by Assembly Hall
I dont know. As far as the regular season and the teams that have made it into the top ten, it is as tough as I have ever seen it. Right now Lunardi has B1G teams getting a #1, (2) #2's, and (2) #5's. That means that 25% of the Top 20 teams reside in the B1G. Not too shabby.
However, regardless of the regular season the conference's "toughness" will be measured according to their tournament success. We dont know how that is gonna turnout.
To Boston Red's point, i do think the B1G's toughness this year has been overstated a bit.
The top 5 are obviously legit. Then there's a drop off to Illinois and Minnesota. The latter of whom is playing there way on the NCAA bubble. And then the bottom drops out.
I don't know that there's been a time when the top 4 or 5 teams were any tougher than now. (And it's worth mentioning IU is currently 4-1 against UM, tOSU, Wisconsin, and tMSU)
But there have definitely been years where the middle and bottom of the B1G were much more robust.