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Illinois Fighting Illini- The fighting Illini have not been very good for a while. They have a few good shooters such as Malcolm Hill, but besides that there is not much that this team has to show.
Indiana Hoosiers- The Hoosiers are projected to be the 11th or 12th ranked team in the nation. There is no doubt in my mind that they will make the Elite Eight. They have an elite rebounder in Thomas Bryant and a great defender in OG Anunoby.
Iowa Hawkeyes- The Hawkeyes started off looking like they were going to be the best team in the Big Ten last season, but when they got to the end of the season, they faded and lost a lot of games. The bad thing about the Hawkeyes is that they lost their two best players in the NBA draft, and they will have to work hard to get back where they were a season ago.
Maryland Terrapins- Melo Trimble is probably one of the best players for the Terrapins, and will likely continue to lead the team this season. The Terrapins were also a contender to win the Big Ten last season. They will fight with the Hoosiers and some other solid teams for the Big Ten title this season.
Michigan Wolverines- The Wolverines pulled off the upset of the Big Ten tournament last season by hitting a buzzer beater against Indiana, but the Wolverines didn’t have that big of a season besides that game. Who knows what will happen this season?
Michigan State Spartans- The Spartans lost their number one player in Denzel Valentin to the NBA. He was the best player on their team and it will be hard for the Spartans to win as many games as they did last season. I am excited to see what the Spartans can do without him.
Minnesota Golden Gophers- There is not much to say about the Gophers. They went 8–23 last season and there are not any players that have improved much. But anything can happen, and they may have a drastic change in their record.
Nebraska Cornhuskers-The Cornhuskers are also not one of the greatest teams in basketball. They had 16 wins last season and did not make it to the NCAA tournament either. Hopefully they among other teams will get a shot at the NCAA tournament by performing well in the regular season and in the Big Ten tournament.
Northwestern Wildcats- The Wildcats should improve this season. They have a few good shooters that will lead them through the season. Last year, Northwestern went 20-12, and his year I think that they will win at least 22 games.
Ohio State Buckeyes- The Buckeyes can be good some seasons and bad some seasons. Last season, they did not have their best season ever, but they still did decent. They went 21-14 and went to the NIT, but this year I believe that they will make it to the NCAA tournament.
Penn State Nittany Lions- The Nittany Lions finished with an almost even record of 18–16. They have not had many good seasons in the past, but some good guards such as Peyton Banks and Josh Reeves may lead them to a better season result.
Purdue Boilermakers- The Boilermakers lost one of their star players to the NBA draft named AJ Hammons, who was taken by the Dallas Mavericks with the 46th overall pick in the draft. Without him at center, the Boilermakers may have some serious trouble in the paint. I don’t believe that they will do as well they did last season.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights- The Scarlet Knights are not a good team. They were one of the worst teams in the Big Ten, and I don’t think this season will be very different.
Wisconsin Badgers- The Badgers should be one of the better teams in the Big Ten this season. I think they will make it to the Elite Eight and maybe even the Final Four. Wisconsin fans should be very happy with the potential that their team has this season.