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3 Big Ten Schools Won A Bowl Game, NCAA Tournament Game

a wide shot of the rose bowl game

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The NCAA Tournament Round of 32 is poised to have a substantial Big Ten flavor to it. Seven of the eight teams that secured bids to the tournament have made it to the second round, but that's not the only achievement the conference has pulled off this year.

Per Minnesota assistant athletic director Paul Rovnak, several of the Big Ten teams that are moving onto the next round had equally strong seasons in college football. In fact, three of the seven Big Ten teams playing this weekend also won a college football bowl game.

Minnesota won the opening NCAA Tournament game with an upset of No. 7 Louisville. That win followed a victory over another ACC team, Georgia Tech, in the Quick Lane Bowl back in December. The Golden Gophers football team finished the year at 7-6.

Iowa beat No. 7 Cincinnati in a 79-72 upset on Friday. The Iowa football team similarly got their bowl win in a 27-22 upset over No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.

And, of course, there's no way we can forget to mention Ohio State, who upset No. 6 Iowa State in the First Round. In Urban Meyer's final year at the helm for the Buckeyes football team, they went 13-1, capped off by huge wins over Michigan, Northwestern, and Washington to win the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.

The other four Big Ten teams entering the Second Round either lost their bowl game (Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue), or failed to make it there (Maryland).

Wisconsin was the only Big Ten team that failed to win a game in the First Round.

Even so, to have three teams that are able to dominate on the football field as well as the basketball court is a pretty remarkable accomplishment.

The Big Ten Conference has a lot to be proud of, and we aren't even mid-way through the NCAA Tournament yet.