Following UCLA's unexpected takedown of the top-seeded Michigan Wolverines, the Big 10 found itself without any representatives in this year's Final Four.
In a normal year, this wouldn't be cause for concern. Other members of the Power 5 such as the ACC and SEC were also disappointed to find their teams eliminated before the final weekend.
For the Big 10, this was not a normal year.
The conference entered the tournament with a staggering total of nine teams, the most in the nation. Two of those teams, Michigan and Illinois, were placed as #1 seeds, while Iowa and Ohio State were #2's. It seemed as if this was the league's best chance to end a national championship drought stretching back to Michigan State's 2001 title.
Safe to say, things did...not go as planned. Michigan State blowing an eleven point halftime lead to UCLA proved to be a harbinger of things to come, while the Pac-12 proved analysts wrong with a strong March Madness showing from all five of their representatives. (To be fair to Sparty, a loss to UCLA did ensure that the Bruins would take down Michigan in the Elite Eight, so you could call that a win).
Top Dogs Fall Flat
Ohio State's upset loss to unheard-of #15 Oral Roberts in the Round of 64 headlined an opening weekend that saw just one school, Michigan, advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Perhaps the most gut-wrenching fact for OSU fans was that despite the team's horrid three-point shooting (21