Where does Big Ten start rank in NCAA history?

With a 10-3 record and four teams advancing to the Sweet 16, how did the Big Ten’s start to the NCAA tourney compare to the best in NCAA history? That’s a great question, and BTN.com turned to its resident statistician, Chris Antonacci, for the answer. See the numbers in this post.

Before we get to the numbers, consider this: The Big Ten was one win away from tying the NCAA records – both held by the Big East in 2009 – for most wins in the Rounds of 64 and 32 (11) and most Sweet 16 teams (5).

Big Ten, most wins in Rounds of 64 and 32 – Since 1985 (Start of Rounds of 64/32)
2013: 10-3
2012: 9-2
1999: 9-3
1994: 9-4
1989: 9-1
2000: 8-3
1992: 8-2

Big Ten, best record in Rounds of 64 and 32 – Since 1985 (Start of Rounds of 64/32)
1989: 9-1; .900
2012: 9-2; .818
1992: 8-2; .800
2010: 7-2; .778
1988: 7-2; .778
2013: 10-3; .770

Most wins in Rounds of 64 and 32 by any conference – Since 1985 (Start of Rounds of 64/32)
Big East, 2009 – 11-2
Big Ten, 2013 – 10-3
Big East, 2012 – 10-5
Big East, 2008 – 10-5
Big Ten, 2012 – 9-2
Big East, 2011 – 9-9
Big 12, 2009 – 9-3
Big East, 2006 – 9-4
ACC, 2004 – 9-3
Big Ten, 1999 – 9-3
SEC, 1999 – 9-3
Big Ten, 1994 – 9-4
ACC, 1993 – 9-2
Big East, 1991 – 9-4
ACC, 1990 – 9-1
ACC, 1989 – 9-2
Big Ten, 1989 – 9-1
ACC, 1986 – 9-2
ACC, 1985 – 9-1
Big East, 1985 – 9-2

Best record in Rounds of 64 and 32 by any Conference – Since 1985 (Start of Rounds of 64/32)
(Minimum 4 Teams)
Big East, 2003 – 8-0; 1.000
Pac-10, 1998 – 8-0; 1.000
SEC, 1996 – 8-0; 1.000
ACC, 1995 – 8-0; 1.000
SEC, 1986 – 8-0; 1.000
ACC, 1990 – 9-1;  .900
Big Ten, 1989 – 9-1;  .900
ACC, 1985 – 9-1;  .900
Big Ten, 2013 – 10-3;  .770

Big Ten, most teams in Sweet 16 – Since 1975 (first year of the “Sweet 16″)
1980: 4
1989: 4
1999: 4
2012: 4
2013: 4

Conferences Getting 4+ Teams in Sweet 16 in Consecutive Years – Since 1975
ACC, 1984-86 (3 straight)
ACC, 1989-90
ACC, 1992-93
Pac-10, 1997-98
Big Ten,  2012-13

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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