Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Big Ten

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Big Ten:

Is the Big Ten Conference the nation’s best heading into the 2012-13 season?

It just might be with its top heavy threats of Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan, the Big Ten features a number of teams capable of vying for a Final Four run. Michigan State moves forward without do-it-all forward Draymond Green, but the talent level remains high, while the return of Trevor Mbakwe also has Minnesota in pursuit of a tournament bid.

Wisconsin has continuously proven that they can never be counted out despite the loss of star point guard Jordan Taylor from a year ago and the injury that current back court play maker Josh Gasser suffered heading into this season.

The middle of the pack in the league showcases a number of teams with questions surrounding them, including Northwestern, who once again faces the daunting task of qualifying for their first NCAA Tournament in school history.

While on-the-court play will ultimately determine which league is the nation’s best, there shouldn’t be much doubt to the case that the Big Ten can make in that regard.

 

Big Ten Predictions:

1. Indiana

2. Ohio State

3. Michigan

4. Michigan State

5. Minnesota

6. Wisconsin

7. Iowa

8. Illinois

9. Purdue

10. Northwestern

11. Penn State

12. Nebraska

 

First Team All-Big Ten Predictions:

G Aaron Craft, Jr., Ohio State

G Trey Burke, So., Michigan

F Deshaun Thomas, So., Ohio State

F Trevor Mbakwe, Sr., Minnesota

F Cody Zeller, So., Indiana

 

Big Ten Player of the Year Prediction:

Cody Zeller, So., Indiana

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Tom Crean, Indiana

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Gary Harris, Fr., Michigan State

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin all advanced to the Sweet 16

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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