As part of our 5-Year Ranking series, here's how the Big Ten teams stack up according to conference wins. The makeup of the Big Ten is quite different from most of the other power-conferences. The also-rans in the Big Ten have fared much better than other league also-rans, while the middle teams are much more mediocre. With one or two surprises, the final league standings will probably look pretty similar to the 5-year standings.
1t - Ohio St - 65 wins - Neck and neck with Wiscy, thought it seems like OSU gets all the hype
1t - Wisconsin - 65 - Constantly overachieve in Big Ten play, but rarely surprise in NCAA's
3 - Purdue - 63 - For all these wins, Purdue hasn't advanced past the Sweet Sixteen
4 - Michigan St - 58 - For first time in a long time, Michigan St is officially in a rut
5 - Illinois - 44 - Fans have higher expectations than such mediocrity
6 - Michigan - 36 - It seems like slowly but surely, Michigan is headed in right direction
7 - Minnesota - 35 - Gophers yet to win a tourney game under Tubby Smith
8 - Indiana
- 32 - 2007-08 seasons make this number look a lot healthier than reality
9 - Penn St - 30 - Have been a 2nd class citizen for some time, but never completely dormant
10 - Iowa - 28 - No postseason trips in this 5-year stretch
Northwestern - 25 - Have been competitive the last three seasons, but still
not over NCAA hump
*The Big Ten adds Nebraska, who won 30 games in Big 12
Check back for the Pac-10 & SEC rankings tomorrow.