Jim Jackson Answers 7 Burning Questions

BTN.com’s Mallory Treleaven sat down with BTN basketball analyst and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Jackson to get his early season thoughts on Big Ten basketball. Follow Jackson on Twitter (@BTNJimJackson) and watch him all season long.

 Q: Which team do you expect will win the conference?
A: Right now, I’d pick Ohio State.

Q: Which team will surprise us the most this season? 
A: The team you need to look out for is Iowa. Last year at home, they beat a good Purdue team and it came down to the wire against Ohio State and Wisconsin. They have a good core group that believes that they can win.

Q: Which Big Ten freshman do you expect to be this season’s standouts?
A: Cody Zeller (Indiana), a McDonald’s All-American and Branden Dawson (Michigan State) another McDonald’s All-American. Those two will see significant playing time from the beginning.

Q: Many of the historically successful basketball teams in the conference are coming off of unsuccessful seasons. Which, if any, of those teams do you predict to bounce back?
A: Michigan State had a lot of stuff going on with dismissals and injuries last year. This year, they are a different team. Draymond Green will be the leader. They don’t have the star player, but a great group of guys that believe in the system and in themselves.

Q: What impact do you see Nebraska having on the conference this season?
A: The good news for them is that they have five of their seven leading scorers returning which makes them a veteran team. Also, teams are unfamiliar with them and vice versa. There is the unknown out there for both sides. It also gives them an opportunity to participate in a great basketball conference.

Q: How will the NBA lockout affect the decision for student-athletes to stay at the collegiate level for more than one year?
A: I don’t think it will have an impact. It may have had an impact on a player like Jared Sullinger last year, but moving forward to this year, it should be resolved.

Q: Is there anything else that you’re looking forward to this season?
A: I’m excited to see how Robbie Hummel recovers and if he’s healthy. I’d love to see him end his Purdue career on a high note.

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Leon Smith,Sr. on 12/15/2012 @ 1:40pm EDT Said:

Jim, you are overanalyzing. The visiting team has the ball and is running a set and you are still commenting on the previous play by Ohio State. The play by play announcer doesn’t have the opportunity inform the viewer who is dribbling the ball, passing the ball or taking a shot because you are still articulating on the previous play.Please don’t emulate Dick Vitale on me or one of these “long-winded” preachers.