Memo to Big 10 commissioner Jim Delaney, all Big 10 coaches not named Tom Izzo, the cheerleaders on the Big 10 Network and flag-waving fans who still believe the conference ranks any better than fifth or sixth among the elite basketball leagues in the nation:
Michigan State is in a class by itself. All the rest of you need help, lots of it.
Let's be objective. That's a word you don't often hear when the subject of the Big 10 vs. Big East or ACC or Big 12 or Pac-10 or SEC comes up for discussion. But think for a minute.
After observing this weekend's NCAA tournament games, do you think there is a player, any player, on the Illinois roster who could break into the starting lineup at Connecticut, North Carolina, Villanova, Pittsburgh or Louisville?