The Big Ten is the nation's top conference. After several down years the league will have two preseason top five teams—Michigan State and Ohio State—and could get seven Big Dance bids. That includes one for Northwestern, the only team in the six power conferences never to have reached the NCAAs.... The news got worse at Oregon, whose athletic director said last week that the NCAA is investigating whether Michael Dunigan, who left Oregon to play in Israel, received improper benefits.... St. John's coach Steve Lavin is making recruiting waves. Last week D'Angelo Harrison, a 6'3" guard from Fort Bend, Texas, became the third player among Rivals.com's top 50 seniors to commit to the Red Storm.