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Thursday, November 10, 2011

2011-12 BIG Basketball Preview: Season Predictions


Now that the individual team previews are complete I'd like to do my predictions.  Hopefully these will turn out to be more accurate than my 2011 MLB predictions.  Remember, the season kicks off Friday but Big Ten conference games won't begin until the final week of December.  That's a lot of games before the real season starts. We'll likely learn who's really good and who's really bad but won't learn how the middle of the conference stacks up until they begin playing each other head to head. 
A special thanks goes out to Ken Pomeroy for making advanced statistics available to everyone on the internet. His website made information gathering simple and has been a valuable tool in many of my NCAA basketball posts. 
Take a look after the jump to see my guess at how it'll all shake out:


Big Ten Standings:
  1. Ohio St.
  2. Michigan St.
  3. Purdue
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Michigan
  6. Illinois
  7. Indiana
  8. Northwestern
  9. Minnesota
  10. Iowa
  11. Nebraska
  12. Penn St.
NCAA Tournament Teams: Ohio St. (1), Michigan St. (5), Purdue (6), Wisconsin (6), Michigan (7), Illinois (11), Indiana (play-in game)
NIT: Northwestern

1st Team Big Ten:
G Jordan Taylor - Wisconsin
G Brandon Paul - Illinois
G Tim Hardaway, Jr - Michigan
F Jared Sullinger - Ohio St.
F Robbie Hummel - Purdue

2nd Team Big Ten:
G DJ Richardson - Illinois
G Aaron Craft - Ohio St.
G William Buford - Ohio St.
F Trevor Mbakwe - Minnesota
F Melsahn Basabe - Iowa

Freshman Team:
G Josh Oglesby - Iowa
G Anthony Johnson - Purdue
F Branden Dawson - Michigan St.
F Cody Zeller - Indiana
C Amir Williams - Ohio St.

Freshman of the Year: Branden Dawson
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft
Player of the Year: Jared Sullinger

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