Gruen: Brad Underwood's Past Accomplishments Bode Well For Future At IllinoisForget the circumstances of Underwood's hiring and look at his resume.
Gruen: Surging Illini Have NCAA Tournament Berth In SightIllinois' resume compares favorably to some other Big Ten teams in better NCAA Tournament standing.
Gruen: It's Top-To-Bottom Mediocrity In The Big TenThe Big Ten may send a large number of teams to the NCAA Tournament, but don't be fooled.
Gruen: Wisconsin Is A Model Of ConsistencyBadgers basketball is the most simplistic brand of the sport.
Gruen: Is This Finally Northwestern's Year To Make The NCAA Tournament? It's Looking Like ItThe Wildcats have more to prove, but at 16-4, they're on track for the Big Dance.
Gruen: John Groce's Act, Losing Ways Are Wearing Thin At IllinoisNow in his fifth year in Champaign, Groce has led the Illini to the NCAA Tournament just once.
Gruen: Tom Izzo Setting His Spartans Up For Deep NCAA Tournament Run AgainMichigan State's tough non-conference schedule is already paying dividends.
Gruen: Big Ten's Dominance Presents Chance For Lesser Programs To BenefitBecause of the bluebloods' success, more attention and recruiting opportunity awaits for the lesser programs.
Gruen: College Football Playoff Committee Already Sending A MessageHow much does a conference championship matter? Well, it seems to depend.
Gruen: Big Ten Races Come Down To Final SaturdayThe hotly contested Big Ten comes down to Saturday's slate.
Gruen: Big Ten Inching Toward Dream Scenario Of Having 2 Teams In PlayoffA one-loss Ohio State team might not play for the conference title -- but could play for the national title.
Gruen's Big Ten Glance: Alabama, Ohio State On A Collision CourseThe Crimson Tide and Buckeyes are ranked first and second, respectively, and stand out far above the rest of the field.