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Commish: Big Ten has nothing to defend

Updated: April 6, 2009, 2:20 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany isn't sure why his league was criticized this season for playing what many analysts described as lousy basketball.

But with Michigan State playing North Carolina for the national championship at Ford Field on Monday night, and Penn State having already won the NIT, Delany said his conference represented itself well during the postseason.

"We were a very young league," Delany said Sunday. "I don't think we ever said we were the best. We said ...

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