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'A long time ago, in a sports world far, far away, the most thrilling brand of basketball in all...

'A long time ago, in a sports world far, far away, the most thrilling brand of basketball in all the land was played in the Big Ten. Seriously. The point totals that the Midwesterners used to put up would floor college-basketball fans today. In 1960, Ohio State scored 90 points per game, still the school record. In 1970, Iowa averaged an absurd 103 points per contest in Big Ten play. To put this in perspective, No. 1-ranked Kentucky is scoring 78 per game this season—and that's with the benefit of the three-point shot and the shot clock, which those old-time shorty-shorts teams didn't have.

The Wall Street Journal asks "How did the Big Ten get so slow?" (The answer? Blame Bobby Knight.)
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