A couple of years ago, MSU and InSU were supporting the league from near the bottom; this season, they were at/near the top.
SIU is every media outlet's darling and Lowery gets a $700M+ contract and a few years later they are lost sheep in the wilderness;
Drake wins the tourney with an incredible season and then settles back.
UNI looks like a dynasty in the making but allowing McDermott to play for his dad and losing O'Rear left them crippled one season after upending KU in the tourney and opening the season with wins over IU and New Mexico.
I checked out the banners of the tourney winners since 1977. Creighton has 10 titles so that leaves 24 for everyone else.
ISU's 3 is actually pretty average. 9 teams have their names up there including Tulsa.
Tulsa and Wichita raised the bar after 1979 and the Valley was high profile.
Then SIU and later Illinois State set the pace but only for about 3 years and then the wave faded to a ripple. I can remember being in St. L in the mid 90's sorrounded by Illinois State Fans and telling my wife, "I don't want to be IU, I just want to be Illinois State."
A couple of years later under Royce, the Sycamores held that spot with a regular season title and then a tourney title breaking a two year Creighton run.
CU has won 6 of the last 12 but UNI, ISU, Drake, SIU have won so in a sense it is far more spread around that leagues like the ACC (Duke, UNC and the publicity machine beneficiaries), SEC (KY and ? really), Big 12 (KU every year).
So, I guess my point is, in this league the sun seems to shine on every team when the planets get aligned but that means there are a lot of seasons of frustration, no tourney bids, and opportunities for each of us to be convinced we know a whole lot more about coaching basketball than we really do.