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Monday, April 6, 2009
Big Ten getting blown out in title game … shocker


DETROIT -- The Big Ten tradition continues.

Tradition of being bum-rushed out of a national championship, that is.

Michigan State is following the beatdown trail blazed by Ohio State in football and basketball -- two lopsided losses in the BCS Championship Game (one against Florida, one against LSU) and a solid beating in the 2007 basketball title game (down 11 at halftime to Florida, ultimately lost by nine).

At least Illinois died with its boots on in the '05 hoops title game.

The last Big Ten title in hoops looks like it will remain 2000 (Michigan State). The only big-six conference with a longer title drought is the Pacific-10 (Arizona, 1997).