The Big Ten, via the bench

Walk-ons favor MSU, E'Twaun Moore, Minnesota cheerleaders, and, um, pillows

Originally Published: November 5, 2010
By Mark Titus | Special to ESPN Insider

Look, I played in the Big Ten, so I am a little biased, but as of right now, the conference is the best and deepest in college basketball -- and that is a fact. With five teams in the top 25 and two teams in the top five, the Big Ten is so competitive that Iowa felt the need to bust out the big guns and turn to Demi Moore and Michael Kelso for recruiting help. Although the reigning national player of the year in college basketball, Evan "The Villain" Turner, left the conference for the NBA, some would argue that there is actually more talent in the conference this season than there was last season. Having played in the Big Ten for four years, I already know a great deal about the inner workings of the conference, but I'm guessing that most of you reading this don't, which is why I decided to talk to walk-ons from around the conference to figure out what exactly makes the Big Ten so awesome.

Best team: Michigan State Spartans