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Mandel Rips on the Big Ten.

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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  2. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    He's right....compared to the early and the late 90s, the Big 10 is down. Who can forget when MSU and OSU made it to the final 4 one year..and the next year had MSU and Wisconsin...Wisconsin beating Purdue in the round of 8.
     
  3. Misanthrope

    Misanthrope Banned

    While I could've done with a little less sarcasm, I can't disagree with Mandel's premise. Big Ten hoops has slipped dramatically from 1999/2000 to now. The numbers support the claim and, unfortunately, until we get the NCAA off our backs tOSU can't do anything about it.
     
  4. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck Non-Nike Design

    It is mostly true, but crazy things can happen in the tournament. It is obvious that Minnesota, Indiana, and Purdue are not anywhere near where they should be as programs that traditionally field solid to very good teams.

    Yet, remember, Indiana played for the National Championship just three years ago (2002, lost to Maryland). I wouldn't put it past Michigan State or Iowa to upset someone in the tournament this year.

    It is also more probable for a kid from the midwest to leave the region than for kids from outside the region to play in the midwest. I can name a lot more players from "Big Ten" country who went to the ACC, SEC, or elsewhere recently than came in from elsewhere. Big Ten is losing the Mays, Jawads, Brackmans, Hairstons, Robersons, etc. Exception has been Illinois and Michigan State, which have stars from their respective states on the roster, and look what they are doing. JMHO. I think all the coaching movement is going to settle down in the Big Ten and these programs will get back on their feet. I don't know if that applies to Indiana, but we'll see....
     

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