Only school without any Big Ten championships in 2011-2012? Iowa.

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Thirty-six teams claimed conference championships in Big Ten sports in the 2011-2012 school year, including regular-season titles, and conference tourney-championships. None were from Iowa.

Every other league school had at least one championship team. Northwestern gets two for winning the regular-season and conference-tourney titles in men's soccer. Ditto Purdue in baseball and Ohio State in men's basketball.

The champions:

Michigan 6, Illinois 4, Penn State 4, Purdue 4, Ohio State 4, Michigan State 3, Nebraska 3, Wisconsin 3, Northwestern 3, Indiana 1, Minnesota 1, Iowa 0.

(Note: I earlier did not include men's and women's tennis regular-season standings. Michigan and Northwestern shared the best women's tennis record, while Ohio State had the best men's tennis regular-season mark.)

I counted Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as all getting credit for the men's basketball regular-season title, though they shared it.

The reports from the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division I standings aren't any brighter a picture for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa tied for 11th in the conference in the fall standings, was 10th in the winter standings, and was in 12th-place in the last-published spring standings, but  the Hawkeyes' 22nd-place finish at the men's NCAA golf championships and tie for 23rd in NCAA men's outdoor track and field will elevate them out of last and perhaps up two or three spots.

Iowa won one league championship in 2010-2011, the men's outdoor track and field title. Iowa was ninth of the 11 Big Ten teams in the overall Directors' Cup standings last year.

In 2009-2010, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten wrestling tourney and won the league-tournament in field hockey. In 2009-2010, just wrestling. In 2008-2009, wrestling and the field hockey tournament. In 2007-2008, wrestling, the field hockey tournament, and a share of the regular-season women's basketball crown.

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