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Badgers, Buckeyes have class even if Big Ten is down

Originally Published: January 9, 2007
By Jeff Shelman | Special to ESPN.com

Between now and early March, much will be written on the topic of good conferences and bad conferences. Trees will be killed to make newsprint and space will be occupied on this fancy Internet thing.

What then is the definition of a good conference? An up conference? A league that is down?

The answer, in a roundabout way, will bring us to tonight's Ohio State-Wisconsin game.

Does a conference have a good year when it has good balance, a multitude of NCAA Tournament teams and a gaudy ...

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