B1G on ugly side of March Madness history as conference's season ends in Sweet 16
For a second straight season, the B1G had a disappointing showing in March Madness. By the time Friday night came to an end, all 9 teams that earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament had been eliminated.
Only 2 teams from the league — Michigan and Purdue — advanced past the first weekend of this year’s tournament. The Wolverines fell to Villanova on Thursday evening and the Boilermakers dropped a contest to St. Peter’s on Friday, ending the conference’s postseason.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the B1G is now the first conference in history to have 9 teams land in the NCAA Tournament field and have none advance to the Elite 8. That’s not a great showing for a league thought to be one of the best in the country.
With the conference’s basketball season done, it also means the league’s championship drought will add another year. The last B1G team to win a national title was Michigan State in 2000.
The Big Ten is the first conference ever to get at least 9 teams in a single tournament and have none of them advance to the Elite 8. https://t.co/qJugLGHIj1
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2022
Last season, the B1G got 9 tournament teams into the field, a record for the conference at the time. Michigan was the only team to advance past the opening weekend, reaching the Elite 8.
As fun and entertaining as the B1G has been the past two seasons, there’s no question the conference has fallen short come March. It will look to snap that national championship drought next year.