Sports

Thrilling finishes, stunning upsets fuel entertaining Big Ten

  • Wisconsin's Ben Brust, top, shoots a 3-point basket against Michigan's Caris LeVert in the final second of regulation to tie the NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 65-62. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    Wisconsin's Ben Brust, top, shoots a 3-point basket against Michigan's Caris LeVert in the final second of regulation to tie the NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 65-62. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois' D.J. Richardson (1) celebrates with Brandon Paul (3) after Richardson hit a 3-pointer against Minnesota during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

    Illinois' D.J. Richardson (1) celebrates with Brandon Paul (3) after Richardson hit a 3-pointer against Minnesota during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)  (The Associated Press)

The Big Ten could be the best league in the nation. It might also be the most fun to watch.

A week of thrilling upsets and stunning finishes has put the national focus back onto the Big Ten ahead of what should be a fascinating stretch run.

The Big Ten has three top 10 teams, five in the Top 25 and eight squads with at least 15 wins. All of that has led to a litany of high-profile matchups and a season as entertaining as any in recent memory.

The Big Ten Network says January was its highest-rated month ever in prime time, a bump the network credited largely to high-profile basketball games.