Blog Entry

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview

Posted on: June 26, 2010 5:23 pm

This article starts the probably premature preview of the top conferences in America for the next basketball season. While I realize that a lot can happen, the cores of the teams are pretty much set in stone. Here's my Big Ten top five teams.

One of the top conferences from last season looks to keep its competitiveness and great talent throughout.

1. Purdue

Despite the loss of Chris Kramer, the defensive leader, Purdue will return stars Jajuan Johnson, E'tuan Moore and Robbie Hummel back from his injury.

Matt Painter will have his scrappy defense ready to go, and the inside-outside play of Johnson and Hummel looks to be unstoppable.

2. Michigan State

After last year's Final Four run, it seemed Tom Izzo was all but gone and ready to go to Cleveland.

However, he came back.

The Spartans return stars Kalin Lucas, Devin Roe, Draymond Green and Korie Lucious. Having the core of a Final Four team back is always a great sign. Look for Purdue and Michigan State to be in a tight race all season.

3. Ohio State

Despite losing the AP Player Of The Year in Evan Turner, the Buckeyes still return the likes of David Lighty and William Buford.

Ohio State also brings in one of the top recruits and my Big Ten Freshman of the Year prediction in Deshaun Thomas.

While Thomas was in the chase for Indiana High School's scoring record, he came up short because his team failed to go far in the tournament.

However, the addition of Thomas won't exactly be a replacement for Evan Turner.

4. Illinois

Seven footer Mike Tisdale and Demetri McCamey, last season's leading scorer, come into the season with high expectations.

With another consistent scorer and rebounder in Mike Davis, the Illini will look to stay competitive throughout the Big Ten season.

Look for Bruce Webber to try and sneak into the NCAA Tournament after coming up just short last season.

5. Wisconsin

While their style of play might be the most boring to watch in the NCAA, Bo Ryan always finds a way to keep them in contention and I doubt it changes next season.

The Badgers return their leading scorer, Jon Leuer, who shot 52% from the field last season while averaging 15 PPG.

The supporting cast will consist of foward Keaton Nankivil and guard Jordan Taylor.

It's hard to blow out a team like Wisconsin because of their defense and the way they use the shot clock. And, of course, good luck beating them at home.

Origianlly Written By Collin O'Connor on Bleacher Report 


Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:40 pm

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview

How's that statement working out for you now? Never underestimate Bo Ryan.

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:41 pm

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview


minus wisconsin.... plus Minnesota.
wisconsin doesn't have the talent that Minnesota has. down the road it's all about the bench, and wisconsin just doesn't have a good enough bench to take them farther then the 3rd round of the Big Ten Tourney.

Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2010 9:05 pm

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview

That's fair enough.  I enjoy a little constructive comments.  It's also easyer to take hits when you are on the world renound MYTLE BEACH.  So say all you want about my few...very few comments.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2010 5:01 pm

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview

Even if a team did join the Big 10, it wouldn't be applied right away.

Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2010 6:41 pm

2010-2011 Big Ten Basketball Preview

A little premature!  Start talkin' about football in another month.  My God, some teams haven't even finallized their rosters yet.  Let the teams begin to mesh.  We need to see how the underclassmen work with the older guys.  Like I said, it's too early to see any team's position in the race.  Heck, we might even see another team join the "Big 10".

Most importly is the eagerness to begin the next football season.  It's good to know that some people have better things to blog about in the the off-season than soccer does during the World Cup.

Thank You!!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or