Big Ten Power Rankings 1-28

By Paul M. Banks

1. Michigan State (19-3, 9-0)

The first 9-0 (or even 8-0) team in State history. As the Spartans begin to pull away in the conference race, those early season losses to Florida and North Carolina look like they happened in 2002. Some of their wins have been ugly yes, but then again so is Big Ten basketball some of the time.

2. Ohio State (15-6, 5-3)

West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks proved that the league’s best player, Evan Turner can be guarded, and limited. Not shut-down, but certainly limited. That individual match-up, and overall game said a lot about the respective strength of both conferences.

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Big Ten Power Rankings 11/12

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By Paul M. Banks

Forget about what the Big Ten lacks in football, in hoops they’re the best or second best conference by pretty much all hoops experts. #16 Ohio State has already opened the season with a rip-roaring victory over Alcorn St. and by the end of the next couple of days, pretty much every team will have tipped off. Let’s get it started in here!

1. Michigan State

Opener 11/13 vs. Florida Gulf Coast

Look for Delvon Roe and/or Derrick Nix, to fill in where the departed Goran Suton left off. But who will take Travis Walton’s place as the top defender? Likely a team approach, until one individual asserts himself.

2. Purdue

Opener 11/13 vs. Cal-State Northridge

Their junior class is as good as any in Big Ten history. And you’ll likely see JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel playing in “the league” someday soon. And just to add more hype and pressure, the Final Four is just down the road in Indianapolis this year.

3. Ohio State (1-0)

Evan Turner is looking like a sure-fire lottery pick, and William Buford has late first round potential. In other words, the Buckeyes will be very dangerous on the wings and perimeter! They’ll likely whomp James Madison next.

4. Michigan

Opener vs. Northern Michigan 11/14

It’s been awhile since they’ve been ranked this high, preseason #15. Having 2 of the Big Ten’s 8 players on the Wooden Award watch list certainly has a lot to do with that.

5. Illinois

Opener 11/13 vs. SIU-Edwardsville

Freshman D.J. Richardson looked great (game high 23 points) in the final preseason scrimmage. Fellow frosh Brandon Paul has looked good too. They’ll be key to supplementing the nucleus of returning juniors. Big years will also be needed from wings Alex Legion and Dominique Keller. So the Illini should be at least 7 or 8 deep this winter.

6. Minnesota

Opener 11/13 vs. Tennessee Tech

Lost two spots in the rankings before they even played because their top recruit Royce White, one of the nation’s best incoming freshman, is acting like an idiotic thug, and got himself suspended. He may get himself kicked off the team before it’s all said and done.

7. Northwestern

Opener 11/13 vs. Northern Illinois

The Wildcats football team has not won a bowl game since 1949. The just-down-the-road Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. The slightly further down the road Chicago Blackhawks last won a Stanley Cup in 1961. The basketball Wildcats last made the NCAA tourney…NEVER. Is THIS the year? Maybe not for all those other teams, but it will be for NU hoops.

8. Penn State

Opener vs. Penn 11/13

Did you know they won the NIT last year? Seriously does anyone? How many NIT champions from this decade can you name? thought so. This year their schedule looks REALLY EASY the first two months…a school record for wins in a season is exceedingly possible.

9. Wisconsin

Opener 11/15 vs. IPFW

I know this pick might come back to bite me in the…but seriously they have to have a down year sometime, correct? If you look at this roster it screams “down year”. It also says “lots of big slow white guys.”

10. Indiana

Opener 11/13 vs. Howard

The faster Maurice Creek develops, the faster they move up the ladder. Do you think Tom Crean is having seller’s remorse yet? Let’s ask that again when he’s getting whomped by 30 every night during conference season.

11. Iowa

Opener 11/15 vs. UT-San Antonio

You know how all the animals go and hide underground before a devastating storm comes in? Somehow they just know, like all the smart players who transferred out of Iowa city this off-season. They all knew what they were doing. This team should be even worse than Indiana last year. 

2009-2010 Big Ten Basketball Preview: Part 3 of 4

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By: David Kay

It gets real next week.  Most teams in the country are beating up on smaller division schools this week in exhibition games (unless you’re Syracuse and being upset by some Division II school called Le Moyne.)  The countdown to the opening tip of the season continues with Part 3 of The Sports Bank’s week long Big Ten preview, breaking down the top teams in the conference.

Michigan State saved face for the Big Ten last season with their run to the NCAA Championship game.  Only the Spartans and Purdue made it into the Sweet 16 and both teams will not only be the teams to beat in the Big Ten this season, but if they can stay healthy, figure to be Final Four contenders.  Ohio State has the most talented player in the conference in Evan Turner and should be a Top 20 caliber team throughout the season.

1. Purdue (T-2nd B10, 11-7 in B10, 27-10 overall, NCAA Sweet 16)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The Boilermakers underachieved during conference play last season, mainly because of nagging injuries to Robbie Hummel and Chris Kramer.  Assuming Hummel and Kramer can remain healthy, their top six players return including JaJuan Johnson who drastically improved in his sophomore season.  A lack of experience off the bench will be a concern for Matt Painter’s team, but their top six is talented enough to lead Purdue to the Big Ten title.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: JaJuan Johnson (Jr)/Sandi Marcius (Fr)
F: Robbie Hummel (Jr)/Patrick Bade (Fr)
G: Chris Kramer (Sr)/D.J. Byrd (Fr)/Kelsey Barlow (Fr)
G: E’Twuan Moore (Jr)/Ryne Smith (So)
PG: Lewis Jackson (So)/Keaton Grant (Sr)

Gone: C-Nemenja Calasan, F-Marcus Green

jajuna johnsonPlayer to Watch: Johnson- In a drunken conversation, a friend of mine made the mistake of declaring that Johnson would one day be one of the top ten big men in the NBA.  He has received endless criticism for that statement as my friends and I now compare Johnson to the likes of Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. In all seriousness, Johnson came out of nowhere to be an effective big man for the Boilermakers.  If that growth continues, Purdue could be a Final Four contender.

2. Michigan State (1st, 15-3, 31-7, National Runner-up)

kalin-lucas2009-2010 Outlook:
Sparty really hit their stride during their run to the national title game.  Yet a few question marks surround the team heading into this season, most noticeably down low.  Freshmen Derrick Nix and Garrick Sherman will have to provide some muscle inside for MSU.  Raymar Morgan should be more of a factor this season seeing as he was slowed by health issues last season.  Kalin Lucas is one of the top floor leaders in the country and Delvon Roe should only get better in his second season.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Delvon Roe (So)/Tom Herzog (Jr)/Garrick Sherman (Fr)
PF: Draymond Green (So)/Derrick Nix (Fr)
SF: Raymar Morgan (Sr)/Austin Thornton (So)
SG: Durrell Summers (Jr)/Chris Allen (So)
PG: Kalin Lucas (Jr)/Korie Lucious (So)

Gone: C-Goran Suton, G-Travis Walton, F/C-Marquise Gray, C-Idong Ibok

Player to Watch: Morgan- The 2008-2009 season was a rough one for Morgan.  He was bothered by an illness in the middle of the year then broke his nose in the Sweet 16, never finding his groove.  Still, Morgan fought through that adversity and was able to contribute to the Spartans’ success.  If Morgan can build off an impressive sophomore season that saw him become an intriguing NBA prospect, he could be the boost State needs to hang another Big Ten banner.

EvanTurner3. Ohio State (T-4th, 10-8, 22-11, NCAA First Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
Had B.J. Mullens made the smart decision and returned to the Buckeyes for his sophomore season, I would strongly consider picking OSU to win the conference.  Mullens was an idiot and decided to turn pro, but everybody else is back including Mr. Do-It-All, Evan Turner.  David Lighty also returns from a broken bone in his foot that forced him to sit out all of last season.  Dallas Lauderdale provides toughness inside and Jon Diebler can light it up from deep.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Dallas Lauderdale (Jr)/Kyle Madsen (Sr)/Zisis Sarakopoulus (So)
G/F: David Lighty (Sr)/Nikola Kecman (So)
G/F: Evan Turner (Jr)/Walter Offutt (So)
SG: Willian Buford (So)/Jeremie Simmons (Sr)
G: Jon Diebler (Jr)/P.J. Hill (Sr)

Gone: C-B.J. Mullens

Player to Watch: Buford- In his freshman year, Buford had a quiet, but successful season for the Buckeyes.  He was highly-recruited coming out of high school and should only get better, providing Turner with a valuable second option on the perimeter.  Buford could potentially bolt Columbus after this season for the NBA, but will need to better establish himself as the scorer that many think he is capable of becoming.  If he makes that stride, OSU could surprise and capture the conference crown.

The Sports Bank Big 10 Preview Continues:
Tuesday: Teams 8-11 (Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana, Iowa)
Wednesday: Teams 4-7 (Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin)
Friday: Big Ten Award Predictions

The Sports Bank Big 12 Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska)
Teams 7-9 (Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State)
Teams 4-6 (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M)
Teams 1-3 (Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma)

The Sports Bank ACC Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State)
Teams 7-9 (Wake Forest, Miami FL, Boston College)
Teams 4-6 (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech)
Teams 1-3 (UNC, Duke, Maryland)

The Sports Bank SEC Previews/Power Rankings:
SEC East Teams 4-6 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)
SEC East Teams 1-3 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida)
SEC West Teams 4-6 (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU)
SEC West Teams 1-3 (Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama)

The Sports Bank Pac-10 Preview/Power Rankings:
Teams 8-10 (Washingon State, Arizona State, Stanford)
Teams 5-7 (Arizona, USC, Oregon)
Teams 1-4 (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal)

The Sports Bank Big East Previews/Power Rankings

Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)
Post-Season Award Predictions

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2009-2010 Big Ten Basketball Preview: Part 2 of 4

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By: David Kay

The middle of Big Ten was filled with mediocrity last season as demonstrated by the fact that eight teams finished with conference records between 11-7 and 8-10.  Some of that can be chalked up to opponents beating up on each other on a nightly basis and there being no real “gimme” (except for Indiana.)  Some of that can also be chalked up to young teams still trying to find their niche as a team.

Once again there will only be one gimme game in conference play, whoever is taking on Iowa.  But one of the reasons the Big Ten will be in the discussion as the toughest conferences in the country is because of the strength of the middle teams in the standings.  Realistically, all four of the following teams have a chance at moving into the top three if things fall in place.  I expect three of these teams to be dancing come March, with the seventh team, Wisconsin firmly on the bubble.

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4. Michigan (T-7th, 9-9, 21-14, NCAA Second Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
Jon Beilien’s makeover of the Michigan basketball program paid dividends last season as the Wolverines made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in more than a decade.  This year, the expectations are even higher.  Michigan returns their top five scorers including All-Big Ten candidates and likely future NBA’ers Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims.  As always, Beilein’s team will live and die by the trifecta.  When they are feeling it from deep, the Wolverines will be tough to beat.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Zack Gibson (Sr)/Ben Cronin (Fr)/Jordan Morgan (Fr)
F: DeShawn Sims (Sr)/Anthony Wright (Jr)/Blake McLimans (Fr)
G: Zach Novak (So)/Matt Vogrich (Fr)
G: Manny Harris (Jr)/Laval Lucas-Perry (So)/Eso Akunne (Fr)
PG: Stu Douglass (So)/Darius Morris (Fr)

Gone: G-C.J. Lee, PG-Kelvin Grady (playing football), PG-David Merritt

Player to Watch: Harris- “Manny Fresh” (as many ESPN analysts so un-cleverly refer to him as) is one of the purest scorers in the country.  He can attack the basket, stroke it from deep, and rebounds the ball very well for a guard.  However, his shot selection is still very questionable, as is his leadership ability.  If he can become more of a team player, the sky is the limit for him and the Wolverines this season.

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5. Minnesota (T-7th, 9-9, 22-11, NCAA First Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
Tubby ball is in effect in the Twin Cities.  In just his second year at Minnesota, Tubby re-gained respectability for the Gopher basketball program.  His team was very deep last season as eleven players saw at least ten minutes of court time per game.  With their full-court defensive pressure, that type of depth is needed.  Tubby also continued his recruiting abilities landing highly touted forwards Royce White and Rodney Williams.  There is some recent concern with the indefinite suspensions of White and Devron Bostick along with Marquette transfer Trevor Mbakwe yet to be cleared to play.  Still, the future continues to be bright for Minnesota.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Ralph Sampson III (So)/Colton Iverson (So)
PF: Paul Carter (Jr)/Trevor Mbakwe (Jr)/Royce White (Fr)
F: Damien Johnson (Sr)/Rodney Williams (Fr)
SG: Lawrence Westbrook (Sr)/Blake Hoffarber (Jr)/Devron Bostick (Sr)
PG: Al Nolen (Jr)/Devoe Joseph (So)/Justin Cobbs (Fr)

Gone: G/F-Jamal Abu-Shamala, G-Travis Busch (transfer-Colorado State)

Player to Watch: Johnson- With Tubby’s ferocious style of defensive play, it helps to have one of the league’s best defenders in Johnson.  He can also hold his own on the offensive end as he was second on the Gophers averaging 9.8 points per game.  He might be one of the most under the radar players in the conference.

80157105CC063_Illinois_Figh6. Illinois (T-2nd, 11-7, 24-10, NCAA First Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The past several years, Illinois has been a team that has relied on its solid guard play.  Having lost three perimeter players is a major loss, but highly recruited freshmen D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul should help fill the void.  Mike and Mike (Tisdale and Davis) made major jumps last season and will need to continue to improve for Illinois to compete in the vastly improved Big Ten.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Mike Tisdale (Jr)/Richard Semrau (Jr)/Stan Simpson (Fr)
PF: Mike Davis (Jr)/Dominique Keller (Sr)/Tyler Griffey (Fr)
G/F: Alex Legion (Jr)/Joseph Bertrand (Fr)
G: D.J. Richardson (Fr)/Brandon Paul (Fr)
G: Demetri McCamey (Jr)/Jeffery Jordan (Jr)

Gone: PG-Chester Frazier, SG-Trent Meacham, G/F-Calvin Brock

Player to Watch: Legion- When Legion transferred from Kentucky, it was a highly anticipated get for the Illinois program.  However, Legion never found his niche once he became eligible and often looked lost on the court.  There is no doubting his potential, but will he be able to put it all together and become a consistent contributor?

7. Wisconsin (T-4th, 10-8, 20-13, NCAA Second Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
If Big Ten teams have learned anything, it is do not underestimate Bo Ryan’s coaching ability.  His teams will always get after it on the defensive end and be very disciplined with their swing offense.  This year may be Ryan’s biggest challenge as he lacks a go-to player and a lot of depth, especially up-front.  Still, expect the Badgers to once again make some noise.  Highly recruited freshman guard Diamond Taylor left the team after being charged with three counts of burglary in his first week on campus.  Dumb.

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Projected Depth Chart
C: Keaton Nankivil (Jr)/Jared Berggren (Fr)/Ian Markholf (So)/J.P. Gavinski (Jr)
PF: Jon Leuer (Jr)/Mike Bruesewitz (Fr)
SF: Tim Jarmusz (Jr)/Ryan Evans (Fr)
SG: Jason Bohannon (Sr)/Rob Wilson (So)
PG: Trevon Hughes (Sr)/Jordan Taylor (So)

Gone: PF-Marcus Landry, F-Joe Krabbenhoft, F/C-Kevin Gullikson

Player to Watch: Leuer- At 6-10, Leuer is loaded with talent and versatility.  He can stroke it from deep, put the ball on the floor, and has a nice skill set in the post.  Becoming more physical, especially on the defensive end, is a must if the Badgers are to get back to the tourney.

The Sports Bank Big 10 Preview Continues:
Tuesday: Teams 8-11 (Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana, Iowa)
Thursday: Teams 1-3
Friday: Big Ten Award Predictions

The Sports Bank Big 12 Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska)
Teams 7-9 (Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State)
Teams 4-6 (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M)
Teams 1-3 (Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma)

The Sports Bank ACC Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State)
Teams 7-9 (Wake Forest, Miami FL, Boston College)
Teams 4-6 (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech)
Teams 1-3 (UNC, Duke, Maryland)

The Sports Bank SEC Previews/Power Rankings:
SEC East Teams 4-6 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)
SEC East Teams 1-3 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida)
SEC West Teams 4-6 (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU)
SEC West Teams 1-3 (Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama)

The Sports Bank Pac-10 Preview/Power Rankings:
Teams 8-10 (Washingon State, Arizona State, Stanford)
Teams 5-7 (Arizona, USC, Oregon)
Teams 1-4 (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal)

The Sports Bank Big East Previews/Power Rankings

Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)
Post-Season Award Predictions

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2009-2010 Big Ten Basketball Preview: Part 1 of 4

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By: David Kay

The excitement is quickly building for the up-coming college hoops season.  This week most teams will finally strap up the kicks against real competition as exhibition play tips-off.  That is right, we are only about a week away from actual, meaningful games being played.  I’m more excited than Brett Favre after throwing his fourth touchdown at Lambeau Field this past Sunday.

While we are on the doorstep of the 2009-2010 season, we at The Sports Bank have been in college basketball mode for the past five weeks, giving you in-depth team previews and predictions from five major conferences.  Now it is time for the sixth and final preview, the “hometown conference” of TSB.net, the Big Ten.

It’s back baby.  After a couple years of being considered an inferior conference to others around the nation, the Big Ten is shaping up to be the most competitive it has been in years.  Despite being “down” last year, seven teams ended up dancing and it’s very possible that will be the case again this year, only with more competition at the top, rather than among the middle teams.  Unfortunately for the following four teams of Part 1 of our Big Ten preview, their future does not include the Field of 65.  (It should also be noted that my one year grace period of hating Tom Crean for bolting Marquette for Indiana is officially over.)

8. Northwestern (9th in B10, 8-10 in B10, 17-14 overall, NIT)

2009-2010 Outlook:
For a program that has never made the NCAA Tournament, they are getting close.  Really close.  Close enough that Michigan State’s Tom Izzo said at Big Ten Media Day that he thinks this is the year the misery comes to an end and the Wildcats make the Big Dance.  Only one player is gone from last year’s team that qualified for the NIT.  Kevin Coble has developed into one of the best scorers in the Big Ten and this once young is starting to mature into a solid Big Ten team.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Kyle Rowley (So)/Luka Mirkovic (So)
F: Kevin Coble (Sr)/Ivan Peljusic (Jr)/Davide Curletti (So)
F: John Shurna (So)/Mike Capocci (Jr)/Drew Crawford (Fr)
SG: Jeremy Nash (Sr)/Jeff Ryan (Sr)/Reggie Hearn (Fr)
PG: Juice Thompson (Jr)/Alex Marcotullio (Fr)

Gone: SG-Craig Moore, G/F-Sterling Williams

B10 Northwestern Minnesota BasketballPlayer to Watch: Coble- Let me just say this, if Coble played at Duke everyone in the nation would be aware of his abilities.  But because he plays at Northwestern, he has continually flown under the radar on the national scene.  He is a versatile forward who can score in a variety of ways and continues to develop his all-around game.  Coble will be the driving force behind whatever success the Wildcats may encounter this season.

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2009-2010 Outlook:
The Nittany Lions are coming off a championship season!!!  Okay, it was only the NIT title, but that is quite the accomplishment from a team that has traditionally been the door mat of the Big Ten.  Penn State fell on the wrong side of the bubble on Selection Sunday and were the rare exception of a major conference team finishing with a winning record in conference play and not making the tourney.  All-Big Ten first team player Talor Battle returns to lead the team, but PSU will have to replace the loss of three valuable seniors.  I am not expecting a repeat performance of last year’s successful season.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Andruw Jones III (Jr)/Andrew Ott (Jr)
PF: Jeff Brooks (Jr)/Sasha Boronjvak (Fr)
F: David Jackson (So)/ Bill Edwards (Fr)
SG: Chris Babb (So)/Cammeron Woodyard (So)/Jermaine Marshall (Fr)
PG: Talor Battle (Jr)/Tim Frazier (Fr)

Gone: G-Stanley Pringle, F-Jamelle Cornley, SG-Danny Morrissey

Player to Watch: Battle- The conference’s leading scorer from a year ago, Battle did a little bit of everything for the Nittany Lions last season.  He played 37-plus minutes a night averaging 16.7 points, 5.3 boards, and 5.0 assists per game.  Battle also led the U.S. team in scoring at the World University Games.

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10. Indiana (11th, 1-17, 6-25)

2009-2010 Outlook:
It cannot get much worse for the Hoosiers who had the worst season in the school’s history last season.  In his second season, Tom Crean continues to try and right the wrongs Kalvin Sampson did to the program.  Landing a crop of talented freshman was a step in the right direction to gaining back some respect for IU.  Georgetown transfer Jeremiah Rivers is eligible this season and should provide Indiana with some stability and much needed leadership.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Tom Pritchard (So)/Tijan Jobe (Sr)/Bawa Muniru (Fr)
F: Derek Elston (Fr)/Bobby Capobianco (Fr)
G: Devan Dumes (Sr)/ Maurice Creek (Fr)/Christian Watford (Fr)
G: Jeremiah Rivers (Jr)/ Matt Roth (So)
PG: Verdell Jones III (So)/Jordan Hulls (Fr)/Daniel Moore (So)

Gone: G/F-Nick Williams (transfer-Mississippi), G/F-Malik Story (transfer-Nevada), F-Kyle Taber

Player to Watch: Rivers- The Hoosiers are very young and despite sitting out last year, Rivers’ addition on the floor should be a major plus for Crean due to his basketball lineage (his father is Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers.)  Last we saw him at G-Town, he was not an intimidating offensive talent, but really got after it on D’.  For a Tom Crean-coached team, that aggressive work ethic will be welcomed.  If he has become a more dangerous scorer, all the better.

11. Iowa (10th, 5-13, 15-17)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The Hawkeyes are going to be the Hoosiers of last year; only they might not be lucky enough to win a game.  Seriously, that bad.  Three expected starters chose to transfer which makes me wonder what is going on with this program.  There will be some serious growing pains this season and Todd Lickliter needs to turn things around soon or he could be on the hot seat.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Andrew Brommer (So)/Brennan Cougill (Fr)
F: Jarryd Cole (Jr)/Aaron Fuller (So)/Devon Archie (Jr)
G: Matt Gatens (So)/Eric May (Fr)
G: Anthony Tucker (So)/ Devan Bawinkel (Sr)
PG: Cully Payne (Fr)/John Lickliter (Fr)

Gone: SG-Jeff Peterson (transfer-Arkansas), SG-Jake Kelly (transfer-Indiana State), C-David Palmer (transfer-Northern Kentucky), F/C-Cyrus Tate, G-Jermain Davis (transfer-Minnesota State-Mankato)

Player to Watch: Payne- The only other point guard on Iowa’s roster is Lickliter’s son, John, meaning Payne will likely shoulder the ball-handling responsibility.  Having Tucker and Gatens alongside Payne in the backcourt should help ease the transition, but it is still a lot to ask a true freshman.

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The Sports Bank Big 10 Preview Continues:
Wednesday: Teams 4-7
Thursday: Teams 1-3
Friday: Big Ten Award Predictions

The Sports Bank Big 12 Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska)
Teams 7-9 (Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State)
Teams 4-6 (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M)
Teams 1-3 (Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma)

The Sports Bank ACC Previews/Power Rankings:
Teams 10-12 (Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State)
Teams 7-9 (Wake Forest, Miami FL, Boston College)
Teams 4-6 (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech)
Teams 1-3 (UNC, Duke, Maryland)

The Sports Bank SEC Previews/Power Rankings:
SEC East Teams 4-6 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)
SEC East Teams 1-3 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida)
SEC West Teams 4-6 (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU)
SEC West Teams 1-3 (Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama)

The Sports Bank Pac-10 Preview/Power Rankings:
Teams 8-10 (Washingon State, Arizona State, Stanford)
Teams 5-7 (Arizona, USC, Oregon)
Teams 1-4 (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal)

The Sports Bank Big East Previews/Power Rankings

Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)
Post-Season Award Predictions

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By Paul M. Banks

It’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, and you know what that means? College basketball  season has officially begun! Well, actually it sort of began a couple weeks ago when Midnight Madness occurred and practices began. But nevertheless, college hoops season is almost here. msu-dance-teamAnd to quote the famous Christmas Carol, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

1. Michigan State (31-7, 15-3)
Spartans return a good portion of the top guns from last year’s National runner-up team. With Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan and Durrell Summers back, the Izzone will have lots to get excited about this winter. Look for Delvon Roe to take a big step forward too.

2. Purdue (27-10, 11-7) A sweet sixteen appearance last year proved that the Baby Boilers are now all grown up, and established Matt Painter as a very strong branch in his legendary coaching tree.

3. Ohio State (22-11, 10-8) Imagine what they could have been had B.J. Mullens returned. He was one of just two Big Ten ballers to be drafted last season. Evan Turner (possible lottery pick) and David Lighty could follow.

4. Illinois (24-10, 11-7) If Mike Davis or incoming freshman D.J. Richardson can replace the departed Chester Frazier’s defense, it’ll be another year of progress in Champaign. But it’s all an appetizer for the main course in 2010-11- when they could be dominant.

5. Michigan (21-14, 9-9) Finally broke through to the tournament last season. However, they’re still a 2-man team. Then again Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims are no ordinary men. Look for them to be a tougher out this season.

6. Minnesota (22-11, 9-9) Finally broke through to the tournament last season. How valuable will Tubby Time be this season? Depends on what he gets out of Damian Johnson and Lawrence Westbrook.

7. Northwestern (17-14, 8-10) The ‘Cats went from laughing stock to NIT (and one win shy of the school record for victories) in just one season. Do they take the next step up this year? I asked the boss himself, NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips, and he responded “I say this both intellectually and emotionally. I believe it’s going to happen. I don’t know if it’s going to be this year, but I think we are going to get to the tournament. Recruiting is going well, and in future years I think we’ll have a nice nucleus.”

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8. Penn State (22-11, 10-8) They still have their star point guard with a porn star name, Talor Battle, but little else. The Nittany Lions’ nickname begins with NIT for a reason.

9. Wisconsin (20-13, 10-8) The swing offense is so boring, it could make LeBron James unexciting to watch. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but this team will win quite a few 48-44 games, and continue besmirching the national reputation of the Big Ten. Look for Bo Ryan to overachieve and make more than you could ever believe out of what he has- yet again.

10. Indiana (6-25, 1-17) It certainly will be a step up from last year, but then again how could things get worse? At least they have football…oh wait. Keep an eye on Jeremiah Rivers, Doc’s kid.

11. Iowa (15-17, 5-13) And you thought they were boring in football? At least they win ugly on the gridiron, here they’re just plain ugly to watch. They could easily break 20+ losses, as all their top players from last year’s team, a very bad one, are gone. But here below, you’ll find something much easier to look at.

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