Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, September 16, 2015
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If there's one thing fans like during the offseason, it's maps that select the best college program in every state.
CBSSports.com published its map of the top men's basketball program in each state Wednesday, and several Big Ten teams were recognized.
The Big Ten, which includes 11 states, featured eight winners, most of them pretty obvious: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
See what CBSSports says about these eight programs.
That leaves Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers as Big Ten programs left off this list.
Biggest snub, if you will, of the group? That's difficult, but it would have to be between Iowa (Iowa State) or Michigan (Michigan State), two states that have very worthy winners, by the way.
Here is what CBSSports.com considered when creating its map:
- Is the coaching situation solid?
- What kind of young players are enrolled now?
- Is recruiting headed in the right direction or not?
- Throw in facilities, which schools are putting money into bettering their athletic compounds, and we've been able to identify and project the programs with the most impetus heading into the next five years.