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Friday, November 05, 2004
 
One More Guy's Predictions
I'm sure by now you've already read enough predictions about the conference to make this one irrelevant. I'll type up mine anyway so I have something to look back on at the end of the year - it'll be a good reminder of how little I actually know.

I'm getting more fired up every day for the new season of basketball. I know the Big Ten isn't as loaded as the ACC and lacks some of the big names of the Big East, but the conference returns enough talent that it should improve on last year's meager three team contribution to the NCAA Tournament. The top three teams seem to be pretty safe bets to return to the post-season. Michigan is coming off their NIT title and return all but one starter, a group which does not include their leading scorer, Lester Abram, who also returns. The Wolverines should be in good shape this year. Iowa certainly has an interesting team this year, with three quality starters coming back, and some solid transfers, but they'll be relying on a lot of new faces for their depth.
Here's how I see things ending up:

1. Michigan State
2. Illinois
3. Wisconsin
4. Michigan
5. Iowa
6. Indiana
7. Ohio State
8. Northwestern
9. Purdue
10.Penn State
11.Minnesota

Doesn't look much different than everyone else's picks, although I don't see too many people with Michigan State at the top.

Let's throw in my All-Big Ten First Team:

Deron Williams, Illinois
Bracey Wright, Indiana
Paul Davis, Michigan State
Chris Hill, Michigan State
Mike Wilkinson, Wisconsin

I'd like to add in some analysis, but I'm a little short on time tonight. There's still plenty of preseason left to make additional faulty predictions, so I'll flesh this post out a little more, hopefully this weekend.

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