Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Big Ten

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In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Big Ten Conference match up based on their America's Best Colleges rankings?

  College Name and Location U.S. News Rank Team Nickname
1 Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL 12 Wildcats
2 University of Michigan–Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI 27 Wolverines
3 University of Illinois–Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, IL 39 Fighting Illini
4 University of Wisconsin–MadisonMadison, WI 39 Badgers
5 Pennsylvania State University–University ParkUniversity Park, PA 47 Nittany Lions
6 Ohio State University–ColumbusColumbus, OH 53 Buckeyes
7 Purdue University–West LafayetteWest Lafayette, IN 61 Boilermakers
8 University of Minnesota–Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MN 61 Golden Gophers
9 Indiana University–BloomingtonBloomington, IN 71 Hoosiers
10 Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI 71 Spartans
11 University of IowaIowa City, IA 71 Hawkeyes
All school rankings listed are within the National Universities category utilized in America's Best Colleges unless otherwise noted.