Shannon Ryan: Only 1 Big Ten team remains in the NCAA Tournament after a record 9 bids. What went wrong?

CHICAGO — All season, the Big Ten proclaimed itself the best conference in the country. They had the analytics, talents and wins to back up the claim. There’s no denying the conference was stacked like maybe never before. Consequently, the Big Ten earned the most NCAA Tournament bids of any conference ever with nine, two more than any other conference. The Big Ten earned two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds. Out of the top 16 seeds, five belonged to Big Ten teams. Watch out, inferior SEC. Out of the way, anonymous Pac-12. Get ready to be steamrolled, midmajors. Not quite. Eight of the nine Big …

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