On today's episode of the Barstool Bench Mob, we take a look at some of the biggest storylines from the 2020-2021 college basketball season. The fact that the season was completed in its entirety is awesome, the SEC's future is bright after Will Wade, Nate Oats, and Eric Musselman all won tournament games, the Pac 12 excelled in March, and more.
As for one conference that didn't quite live up to expectations during the best month of the year? The B1G. Don't get me wrong, during the majority of the season, this league was awesome. And on Selection Sunday, fans of teams in the midwest had a good reason to believe that this would be the year that the league could cut down the nets, or at least get a team or two into the Final Four.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. (2) Ohio State suffered a historical loss to (15) Oral Roberts. (1) Illinois couldn't get out of the opening weekend. (2) Iowa couldn't stop Oregon in the second round. The only team to make an impressive run was (1) Michigan, who eventually fell to (11) UCLA in the Elite Eight. So, with all of those teams falling short, when will the B1G get over the hump and have a team cut down the nets once again? It hasn't happened since 2000, when Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans did it.
Looking ahead, Michigan is in a really good spot to have a chance to win it all next season. Assuming friend of the program Hunter Dickinson comes back to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines have a ton of talent coming in. The No. 1 recruiting class is led by a pair of 5-stars, a quartet of 4-stars, and Juwan Howard now has a full year of coaching experience under his belt. Maryland is also making moves in the transfer market, too, as Mark Turgeon has added Rhode Island's Fatts Russell and Georgetown's Qudus Wahab. Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan State, and others are expected to be in the mix as well.
Will 2021-2022 be the year for the B1G? Time will tell.
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