Roles reversed among two power conferences
Michigan’s 73-69 upset of Louisville exemplified the role reversals between the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten this postseason.
The ACC led all conferences with nine NCAA Tournament invitations and was billed as the best league in the nation this season. The Big Ten had a disappointing regular season and had none of its teams seeded higher than fourth in the NCAA field.
Yet the Big Ten already has sent three teams to the Sweet 16 with Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan advancing. In the meantime, the ACC heading into Sunday was down to just one team left in the tournament: North Carolina, one of the conference’s traditional heavyweights.
Michigan forward Moe Wagner celebrates a 73-69 win over Louisville on Sunday in a second-round game. Only one ACC team remains in the NCAA Tournament.