There have been rumblings on the web about the Big Ten being the best it has ever been this year. However, a quick look at each conference’s average Kenpom Pythagorean rating over the last five years shows that the Big Ten was “stronger” in 2011.
While the league has been fantastic in 2013 (six teams in the top 15), we can assign the blame to Nebraska (147) and Penn State (199) for bringing down the average ranking. Ken projects one win between the two of them the rest of the season, and that’s today when they play each other.
2010 ACC – Every team ranked in the Kenpom top 80
2011 Big Ten – Every team ranked in the Kenpom top 80
2010 Big 12 – Six teams ranked in the Kenpom top 20
With the large number of bottom-dwellers in the Big East each year, it’s surprising to see them so many times in the chart above