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Where is the Big Ten in the final basketball league power rankings?

Iowa center Megan Gustafson (10) is reflected in a logo for the Big Ten Conference inside their locker room after an NCAA women’s basketball tournament first-round game, Friday, March 22, 2019, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten: No. 2 in the final power rankings

What Cobb Says

“The Big Ten slipped a bit off the pace it set during the 2020-21 season, when it had four teams finish in the top 10 of the final AP poll. Just one team — Purdue — finished in that realm this season, and the Boilermakers were No. 10. Only two of the league’s nine NCAA Tournament teams reached the Sweet 16, and both were eliminated in that round as the Big Ten’s national title drought stretched to 22 years. In the end, though, the league’s sheer volume of NCAA Tournament teams and professional prospects helps it stand out as college basketball’s second-best conference.”


  • 1st in NCAA Tournament bid percentage: 9 of 14 (64.3%)
  • 6th in NCAA Tournament record: 9-9 (50%)
  • 1st in top 75 NBA Draft prospects: 14 (1 per team)
  • 2nd in average NET ranking: 57.2 (46.4 last year)
  • 4th in average NET ranking excluding bottom two teams: 45.6 (35.4 last year)

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