Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post.

2012-13 PROJECTED STANDINGS
1. Indiana – The entire starting 5 is back, plus IU welcomes one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
2. Michigan – Trey Burke’s return makes Michigan a national contender — leadership is lone issue.
3. Ohio State – Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft could become one of the Big Ten’s elite duos.
4. Minnesota – Trevor Mbakwe joins a talented and underrated roster that clicked down the stretch.
5. Wisconsin – The Badgers know how to replace star players, and history says they’ll do it again.
6. Michigan State – How will MSU replace Draymond Green and will Branden Dawson be ready?
7. Iowa – Aaron White and Devyn Marble headline one of the Big Ten’s most exciting teams.
8. Purdue – Without a proven big man or facilitator, the incoming recruits must produce right away.
9. Northwestern – Drew Crawford will fill it up, but the team will miss suspended JerShon Cobb.
10. Illinois – Brandon Paul headlines an under-performing team that is hard to figure.
11. Penn State – Tim Frazier will do it all, however PSU needs Jermaine Marshall to take next step.
12. Nebraska – The Huskers must replace five of their top six scorers, plus two best defenders.

2012-13 ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

First Team
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Trey Burke, Michigan
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Cody Zeller, Indiana

Second Team
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Dre Hollins, Minnesota
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Aaron White, Iowa

Third Team
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Keith Appling, Michigan State*
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
Terone Johnson, Purdue
Devyn Marble, Iowa
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Adreian Payne, Michigan State

All-Defensive Team
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

* — Appling was added since article was first posted in April.

Player of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Freshman of the Year: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Coach of the Year: Tubby Smith, Minnesota
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Most Improved Player: Dre Hollins, Minnesota

INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

Scoring
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Dark horse: Jermaine Marshall, Penn State

Rebounds
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Christian Watford, Indiana
Dark horse: Branden Dawson, Michigan State

Blocks
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Dark horse: Sam Thompson, Ohio State

Assists
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Dark horse: Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

Steals
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Dark horse: Austin Hollins, Minnesota

3-pointers
D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Ben Brust, Wisconsin
Dark horse: Josh Oglesby, Iowa

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Shaka on 4/10/2012 @ 4:30pm EST Said:

Brent,

Michigan State as 6th? How long have you been watching Big Ten Basketball? You also had Michigan ranked #1 towards the end of the season and the comments people posted thought you were crazy as well as I. The you said Michigan would go far in the tourney and they lost in the first round.
Michigan State will finish #1,2 or 3 next year. They will have 3 McDonalds All-Americans on that Team. They will be hard to stop.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 4:41pm EST Said:

    Yes, I had Michigan No. 1 in last regular-season power rankings. At the time, I thought Branden Dawson’s injury would have a bigger impact on the team and wasn’t impressed how Ohio State was playing. I was wrong, I admit it. As for the tourney, I had Michigan out in the second round, Michigan State in the Elite Eight, and Ohio State in the Final Four.

buckshotmike on 4/10/2012 @ 4:59pm EST Said:

Nice to see the Gophers get some love. Do you think they could leapfrog Ohio State or even top 2 if Trent Lockett chooses MN?

T-$ on 4/10/2012 @ 5:12pm EST Said:

Hey Brent:

This is Michigan State’s starting five next year:

1. Appling (McD AA)
2. Harris (McD AA–Indy Mr. Basketball, 5*)
3. Dawson (McD AA, 5*)
4. Payne (5*)
5. Nix (Michigan Mr. Basketball)

They’re ranked in the top five in the NATION next year by a bunch of outlets, yet they’re going to be worse than a team that lost the only good player they had (Wisconsin), a horrible Minnesota team that went 6-12 this year in conference, and last but not least a Ohio State team that lost to MSU twice and loses Sullinger and Buford for next year??

Why don’t you take off the UM tunnel-vision and do some research on these predictions? You look like a fool, just like your Wolvies did when they got rocked by Ohio in the BTT and then again by Ohio the next game in the NCAA Tournament

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 5:33pm EST Said:

    I do not have “U-M tunnel vision” in the least bit. Michigan State at No. 6 doesn’t mean it won’t have a good year; in fact, I think it will. Remember, Indiana finished fifth this past season and was ranked No. 16. I think the Big Ten will be very strong and that fifth- and sixth-place teams might be a couple games behind the leader again this upcoming season.

Brent Petaway on 4/10/2012 @ 5:29pm EST Said:

mishigan numba 1!!!!

thunder on 4/10/2012 @ 5:31pm EST Said:

MSU behind UM, Minny and UW? I’d like whatever you’re smoking.

Johnson on 4/10/2012 @ 5:44pm EST Said:

lol @ these predictions, has Izzo EVER even finished that low in the B10? Hall of fame coach returns loaded roster ranked in the top 10 by almost all…and predicted at 6th in the conference…k

aroznowski on 4/10/2012 @ 5:49pm EST Said:

It’s pretty easy to sum up these rankings. Michigan State is ranked way too low, and Wisconsin is ranked a bit too high.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 5:59pm EST Said:

    Wisconsin never has finished worse than fourth in the Bo Ryan era. Seriously. Michigan State is going to be good, no doubt. I’m telling you guys, sixth place in the Big Ten next season could be 12-6/11-7, just like this past season. For perspective, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all went 13-5 last season en route to sharing the Big Ten crown. The Big Ten will be so good that its sixth/seventh place teams could be ranked in the top 15.

Brandon on 4/10/2012 @ 6:57pm EST Said:

I doubt Yogi wins FOTY, Indiana’s team is too loaded for him to put up the numbers needed. If you truly believe UM is #2 then you must believe GRIII and/or Mitch McGary are going to have huge impacts because Burke and Hardaway can’t do it themselves. MSU is going to need Gary Harris to score and Sam Dekker will play a huge role for Wisconsin if they are as good as you think they will be. All of those guys are just as good of prospects as Yogi and playing on teams with more opportunity to put up numbers because of their team needs. I would go with Harris because I think he’s the best of the bunch and they’ll need his offense badly. But if UM does live up to the preseason rankings then one of their freshmen might have the upper hand.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 7:07pm EST Said:

    Good points. While Indiana has a lot of weapons, I still think he can have a Trey Burke-like impact on the Hoosiers. If Indiana was missing one thing this past season, it was a true point guard. Hulls, Jones, Oladipo aren’t that. Ferrell should get his share of minutes, but, yes, his numbers won’t be as good as they could be on another team. There will be a lot of strong freshman next season, so Yogi will have to impress.

rocktown80 on 4/10/2012 @ 7:51pm EST Said:

Each year, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, etc. have boatloads of talent or a coach that never finishes lower than whatever. But poor Spartans never have talent, only critical personnel losses, whether Lucas or Green or next year Dawson I suppose. These are the ramblings of someone who 1) doesn’t actually watch many B1G games, 2) seriously doesn’t know a lot about basketball, or 3) has some kind of weird-logic filter when it comes to the Spartans.
A roster loaded with more talent than any in the B1G, only OSU even close, and somehow not a single Spartan qualifies for any all-B1G team? LOL.
I pick Brent Yarina to be the 1,195th worst basketball analyst in the nation this next season out of 1,200 analysts. Not to worry, he’s still doing a great job, because the competition is so excellent! Back-handed compliments are shiny little pebbles in the cesspool of ignorance.
Yarina, try actually watching some MSU basketball in the coming season and let me know how on earth we’re going to replace a walk-on with two five-star players (but without talent apparently) and not manage to lose to OSU or UM by 20 points. Actually, using Yarina-logic, I fail to see how MSU can beat even Iowa or Northwestern. Help me understand. Thanks!

Tony on 4/10/2012 @ 7:51pm EST Said:

Not trying to be the next MSU guy to give you crap but where is Appling on the all B1G teams (other than defensive). Do you really feel Ferrell is going to have a better year than Appling? Man, I think you’re trying to be objective but it’s almost like no research has been done on these kids from MSU.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 8:01pm EST Said:

    With all the scoring talent around him, I think Ferrell could lead the Big Ten in assists. He may not get the minutes or freedom to do so, but he should have a big year leading the Big Ten’s highest-scoring attack.

D on 4/10/2012 @ 8:04pm EST Said:

MSU 6th? Even in a down year that’s not likely, we’ll have one of the deepest teams in program history. What are you in?

Dan M on 4/10/2012 @ 8:31pm EST Said:

The top 3 is up for grabs between MSU, UM, and IU. You are seriously misguided picking MSU as 6th. The worst they finish is 4th (if OSU somehow usurps them, but OSU is losing a lot of talent). I mean really, Minny ahead of the Spartans? Come on. And who is going to score for Wisco next year? I know they defend/rebound extremely well, but they could barely score last year and Taylor is gone. You really have no grounds for that pick. Show a little respect for the B1G 10′s top hoops program.

Jeff King on 4/10/2012 @ 9:13pm EST Said:

UM tunnel vision is precisely what you have. Is this just wishful thinking as you continually over hype UM. Or you really this poor at your research? pleezzee..get a clue.

lnedervelt on 4/10/2012 @ 10:05pm EST Said:

Hey Brent, I don’t think people are disagreeing that the Big 10 won’t be good, they are disagreeing with the fact that Michigan State is worse off than Minnesota, UM, OSU or Wisconsin next year. Indiana I would probably say yeah, but I think MSU has a much better coach and has an advantage in size over IU.

Its silly to not have Appling or Brandon Dawson at least in the Honorable Mention category. Not to mention, where is Rodney Williams on those teams? He most certainly will be involved next year.

Ryan Evans on the team, Keith Appling off of it. Silly article, Michigan State will be a dominating team next year in this conference.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/10/2012 @ 10:23pm EST Said:

    Keith Appling is a solid player, a guy who does it on both ends of the floor. But of the All-Big Ten point guards from this past season, only one (Jordan Taylor) is gone. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Ferrell, Hollins and Sobolewski do just as well as him. I try to keep All-Big Ten teams as close to real teams (PG, SG, SF, PF, C) as possible, so maybe that’s the issue. If you’re just doing the top 15 players, not paying attention to positions at all, my teams would look A LOT different.

Tony on 4/11/2012 @ 12:29am EST Said:

I would believe you except you have Burke as a 2 on your first team all B1G. I’ll give you a mulligan on this one article. You’re better than this.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/11/2012 @ 8:53am EST Said:

    Yeah, I said I “try” to make it as close to real teams. Sometimes the top guys are so good, you have to make exceptions. I have no problem saying Keith Appling is not a top 4 point guard or shooting guard in the Big Ten. No. 5, he just might be. It’s all personal opinion, and no one’s opinion is correct with these things.

Jay on 4/11/2012 @ 1:37am EST Said:

Brent, you need to get Wisconsin in the top 4 because you KNOW it’s been 11 straight years for them and it simply makes no sense to put them lower. Why be wrong about something that always happens under Bo? I think Wisconsin is a title contender with tons of experience back and some exciting young talent. Plus Indiana is already too overhyped. They have been awful on the road under Tom Crean even with a top 15 type team this year. Oh, and you aren’t winning the Big 10 with the poor defense that Indiana trots out there every year.

Steve on 4/11/2012 @ 5:31am EST Said:

I noticed most of the votes are for “OTHER”.
I have a feeling most people are voting or thinking Michigan State.
When it comes to basketball in the Big Ten, Michigan State is highly regarded and has been for the past 13 years. It’s something that was not given to them. They (Izzo) earned it and continues to earn it year in and year out. I’m not a Michigan State fan but I know enough to say that they are always the Team to beat in the Big Ten. They are the Class of the Big Ten and the old Bullies on the block. It doesn’t matter if they 5 star players or 1 star players. They have Tom Izzo who always coaches up his kids and just does a darn good job.

Jmac on 4/11/2012 @ 6:32am EST Said:

One thing you are missing with Appling is he will get to play some at 2 next year, Trice is a solid option at 1. In fact it is very possible Trice and Appling could start together.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/11/2012 @ 8:55am EST Said:

    That’s a great point, and it could benefit Appling. He wasn’t at his best as the point and there’s a reason Izzo had Draymond handling the ball so much. This could really help him.

Mike on 4/11/2012 @ 9:12am EST Said:

@Johnson… short memory sparty nation has but little brother finished 6th in the big 10 just 2 years ago

Mike on 4/11/2012 @ 9:16am EST Said:

or if you wanted to get technical… little brother finished 7th because Penn State won the tie breaker

TJ on 4/11/2012 @ 10:22am EST Said:

MSU is going to be very good next year no doubt, but don’t underestimate the importance of Draymond. It’s going to be a whole new ball game, but I expect Izzo will have them rise to the challenge. As for the ” size advantage” has over IU, that didn’t matter much the last time they played. Also IU has Watford who is 6’9, Zeller 6’11, and three recruits coming in who are 7’0, 6’8, and 6’9. And having a McDonalds All American doesn’t make a team better or worse. Kansas had 0 this year, IU had 1, and I don’t think Louisville had many either.

Doug on 4/11/2012 @ 10:34am EST Said:

nice little bro comment mike, MSU 4-0 since Hart made the childish comment, keep it going. UM is definitely “little bro” in hoops, biggest scandal in bball history with the supposed “fab 5″

Max on 4/11/2012 @ 11:16am EST Said:

To the Big Ten network: Brent has no idea what he is talking about and he makes you all look bad. Not sure if it’s a chip on his shoulder against MSU or a clearly misguided impression of U of M… Whichever it is neither of which has any place on the big ten network. He obviously doesn’t do his homework, jumps on idiotic hype, and his evaluation of talent is a joke!!! Replace him because in the near past and right now he wrong. Get an analyst who actually does his job, crunch the numbers, evaluate new talent and how they integrate to a new team! Why would you ever put someone like this on your staff who only goes with his gut with nothing to back it up??? Horrible and especially offensive to the entire big ten nation….. Especially Spartan fans!! You should be ashamed Brent…

    BTN.com staff on 4/11/2012 @ 11:40am EST Said:

    Max, we like BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina and his work, and his “super-early” predictions – really, any sports forecast – is meant to drive some fun discussion and vigorous debate. Without the ability to travel into the future, nobody knows how next season will go, right? Having watched plenty of Big Ten buckets this season, this is what Brent thinks about next year, plain and simple. That said, we’d love to hear your prediction for Nos. 1 through 12. That’s how these things work. Then we’ll revisit all of this next year and see how everyone did.

Morgan on 4/11/2012 @ 11:46am EST Said:

Spartan fans: do you expect Nix to still be on the team next year? He’s gotten himself in a pretty serious bit of trouble.

Justin H on 4/11/2012 @ 12:20pm EST Said:

Haha These rankings are comical. Where did this guy graduate from? I know history has nothing to do with next years rankings but come on.
Wisconsin hasnt finished worse than 4th in a decade.

Michigan hasn’t had a better Big 10 record than MSU(they have tied the past 2 seasons) since the mid 90s and those years dont count anyways due to the biggest basketball scandal in the history of the NCAA. Also when was the last time MSU did not have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd team All Big Ten Selection? Before Izzo Arrived?

OSU has lost 2 of their best 3 players from this years team and has not a single recruit coming in this year. I respect Craft as a defensive player but him and Thomas are noting going to be Conley/Oden Part 2.

Michigan at #2 could happen but remember they lost 2 leaders and are lack depth due to 3 departures. Also, not to take anything away from this years team but Michigan had a very easy Big 10 schedule(Did not have to go to Minn or Wisconsin).

Indiana is probably the top team in the Big 10 but they did not show a sign all year that they are willing to play defense. Lack of defense is why they finished 5th in the Big 10 when the talent level suggested they should have finished higher. Until they prove they can play defense night in and night out they are going to have trouble in the Big 10.

You could make a case for or against each team and their respective ranking. Thakfully basketball is not like College Football were people like this author determine who is best. Instead everything will be determined on the court.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/11/2012 @ 1:24pm EST Said:

    Best response from Michigan State fan yet: “Thankfully basketball is not like College Football where people like this author determine who is best. Instead everything will be determined on the court.” Exactly! These mean nothing – just like Andy Katz’s predictions, Seth Davis’ predictions, or anyone’s predictions. I encourage all of you to offer your All-Big Ten teams, too. The thing that makes these fun is that there is no right answer, that there won’t be many that are exactly the same.

UseYourBrain on 4/11/2012 @ 1:46pm EST Said:

@Mike – I can understand where you were going with that “lil bro finished 7th just 2 years ago”, but quit being a lazy bum. You’re already posting on this article, so you obviously know how to use the internet. Is it that hard to google or wikipedia to actually obtain a solid fact, instead of blurting our garbage? MSU tied for 7th in 06/07, which was not “2 years ago”.

2 years ago, MSU won the Big10. 3 years ago, MSU won the Big10. This year, MSU won the Big10. 3 Big10 titles in the last 4 years and 7 titles in the last 15, but you want to bring up the 7th place finish from 5-6 years ago all while throwing out the “lil bro” reference. Go kick rocks, Walvie.

My opinion is that Indiana and MSU will be the top of the Big10, followed by OSU, Minn, Wisc and UM (no particular order). I don’t understand how UM can be a “national contender” when they’ve lost 3 of their top 6 players (Novak, Douglass, Smot____). Yes, Burke is back and he is a great player, but I don’t see 3 freshman contributing as much as the 2 departing seniors and UM’s former 6th man. OSU lost 2 of their best 3 players. Minnesota has a chance to be good, but they need to put it all together. Wisky is always top 4, but they need someone to be able to take over this year – Sam Dekker will need to play a big role. Indiana has a ton of talent, CZ will be a beast next year. MSU will miss Draymond, but still has a ton of talent on the team as well as a great incoming class in which they need not rely on any of the new players, but I believe Gary Harris will make an immediate impact with his scoring.

Randy on 4/11/2012 @ 4:58pm EST Said:

Michigan as #2 really? Wow. In Basketball?
Minny #4? What the?

I got Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin finishing in the top 3 in any order but edge clearly goes to Michigan State.

Joseph on 4/11/2012 @ 7:44pm EST Said:

I have this bookmarked. I hope the btn.com does not delete. Gonna love bringing this out at the end of next year. Who could read this then and think this guy is NOT smoking something.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/11/2012 @ 8:08pm EST Said:

    Sounds good. It won’t be deleted. Warning: Pretty much anyone who compiles one of these seven months before the season starts, let along right before the season tips, will have many misses. Feel free to post your predicted Big Ten finish, too, as a comment.

Mike on 4/11/2012 @ 9:04pm EST Said:

@Useyourbrain… how about taking your own advice because little brother came in 7th in the 2010-2011 season just 2 years ago… with a 9-9 conf record and overall 19-14 record

Troy on 4/12/2012 @ 6:20am EST Said:

This is pretty funny. I have never seen so many cry babies. Fact is big ten is great again and the top 6 teams could finish in any order. I think MSU and Wisky have the most to overcome thats why their rated lower early in the pre-season

Doug on 4/12/2012 @ 9:13am EST Said:

Hey Mike, since you’ve proved you’re only about 8 years old with the little bro comment, how about 7 final fours last 16 years with a national title? Michigan has NOTHING in that time span. 4 in a row going on 5 in ftball….

Mike on 4/12/2012 @ 11:41am EST Said:

Hey Doug… Little brother comment has been going on well before the late 90′s when I went to UofM.
Michigan basketball is in no need to worry about… didn’t michigan sweep sparty 2 seasons ago and split last year? hmm
Last but not least… If you honestly believe little brother will make it 5 in a row in football you are just setting yourself up for huge disappointment.
You can tell in Dantonio’s demeanor as of late his reign is over in the state of Michigan! 17 recruits before the spring game… btw nice list little brother has… a couple MAC level recruits and a LB michigan said they had no room for

purduematt on 4/12/2012 @ 1:16pm EST Said:

MSU and Purdue are too low. I don’t see how IU jumps from 5th to 1st when they still don’t play D and can’t win a meaningful game away from home.

Also, Indiana’s recruiting class is ranked #10 nationally by rivals and you use that as a reason in putting them #1. Purdue’s recruiting class is ranked #16 nationally, yet you use that as a reason to put Purdue 8th because “there’s too much pressure on them.” I don’t follow that logic.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/14/2012 @ 5:32pm EST Said:

    @PurdueMatt Indiana’s recruits are joining a team that returns all of its starters, meaning they can be role players and won’t have all that much pressure on them. With Hummel and Jackson gone, Purdue’s heralded recruiting class must come in and compete at a high level right away. That, to me, is pressure. If the Purdue recruits don’t do well in Year 1, the Boilers won’t be all that good. If the Indiana recruits don’t do well right away, the Hoosiers will still be good. Put it this way: Indiana has four players back who averaged more points than Terone Johnson (9.2), Purdue’s leading scorer entering next year. Will Sheehey (8.6) almost makes it five, too.

Johnson on 4/12/2012 @ 8:38pm EST Said:

LOL @ Mike, claiming MSU finished 7th in the BT in 2011. Newsflash: They tied with UM for 4th (same conference record)..so great attempt at spin, but wrong: MSU officially finished 4th that year. And speaking of that year, it was the worst in Izzo’s tenure and it was STILL the same as one of your best in the last 20! Honestly, UM hasn’t made a Sweet 16 in 18 years and your chirpin about a team who has made TEN in that time, just WOW

Adam B on 4/12/2012 @ 9:29pm EST Said:

1.IU
2. OSU
3. UM
4.MSU
5. MINN
6.UW
7. Purdue
8.Iowa
9.Illinios
10. Northwestern
11.PSU
12. Nebraska

    BTN.com staff on 4/13/2012 @ 11:17am EST Said:

    Strong. Anyone else want to post predictions? Bring it.

Doug on 4/13/2012 @ 10:56am EST Said:

I’m more worried about teams like OSU and Nebraska then beating Michigan again. Michigan had that nice cozy schedule last year and got to play a mediocre VTech team in the orange bowl and still needed a refs bad call to win. MSU has won like 19 out of the last 23 in hoops, yeah good job. Since you went to Michigan are you the one who delivered my pizza last saturday? MSU will keep beating Michigan with 2 and 3 star recruits like Cousins, Martin, and Cunningham all were. Keep getting those overhyped 4 and 5 stars who choke at the college level. Let me know when Michigan has a real QB, not some jokester wanna be QB who runs and throws hail mary’s. State is gonna run all over that mediocre defense while Gholsten and co are gonna eat up Denard again.

purduematt on 4/13/2012 @ 2:36pm EST Said:

Brent Yarina is paid for his opinions, not the readers/commenters. Thus, he’s the one that should be held accountable.

    BTN.com staff on 4/13/2012 @ 3:02pm EST Said:

    Indeed. And we enjoy hearing predictions from others, too. Let’s lighten up just a bit. This is supposed to be fun.

Dale on 4/13/2012 @ 3:47pm EST Said:

This are PRE season rankings, not a determined finished order. Somebody needs to get a get a girlfriend and stop taking everything so seriously. Also, 3 McD all america’s doesn’t prove anything until they show it on the court. Izzo would be the best coach to pull that talent together but it’s not a guarantee that a lot of you assume it will be.

BC on 4/13/2012 @ 5:03pm EST Said:

The comment…Trey Burke’s return makes Michigan a national contender…is laughable. How about we get realistic and UM strives for a Sweet 16 appearance for the first time since 1994.

Honestly…is Brent Yarina a UM alum??

rgd213 on 4/13/2012 @ 10:41pm EST Said:

Great read Brent……most comments I have ever seen on this site..MSU and UM guys very funny…. Class of the BIG thing was funny also…..Lets start with Indiana 5 National titles….Then what Purdue more BIG Championships then anyone …… Then you can argue over the other10 spots.

McSTATE on 4/14/2012 @ 8:13am EST Said:

Brent, what has John Bieline ever won at any school he has coached? Bieline has never been to a Final Four and I would bet my bottom dollar he never will.

Troy on 4/14/2012 @ 9:51am EST Said:

1 IU
2 MN
3 MU
4 MSU
5 OSU
6 Wisky
7 Iowa
8 Purdue
9 ILL
10 PSU
11 NW
12 NB

Andy on 4/14/2012 @ 12:32pm EST Said:

Look out for the Hawks~ Marble showed some range at the end of the season, Basabe will bounce back and White will improve upon a great Frosh season. Now add on a 7 footer and another top guard prospect and Iowa’s high ranked incoming class to Fran’s up tempo ball and Iowa will be the surprize team in the league!

JERRY on 4/14/2012 @ 12:54pm EST Said:

was crafts foul at the end of the game against kansas a attempt a two shot foul.I thought a shot like that would be a three.It was behind the arc?

aroznowski on 4/14/2012 @ 5:12pm EST Said:

Brent, there is no way that Wisconsin is going to better than Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. What do the Hoosiers, Wolverines, Spartans, and Buckeyes have that the Badgers do not? Those four teams have experienced, proven point guards (Jordan Hulls, Trey Burke, Keith Appling, and Aaron Craft [the best point guard in the Big Ten Conference and the best on-ball defender in the entire country]. The Badgers will basically be a team with a bunch of big men out on the perimeter with practically nobody to get them the ball. Next year will be the first year that Bo Ryan coaches the Badgers to a finish of fifth place or worse. As of now, the Badgers belong with Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa, and Northwestern in the discussion of which teams will finish in fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth place in the conference next season.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/14/2012 @ 5:18pm EST Said:

    I have Wisconsin fifth, not ahead of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. I’m not sure what you are talking about.

aroznowski on 4/14/2012 @ 5:16pm EST Said:

Watch out for Northwestern next season! Even though the Wildcats will lose John Shurna, Drew Crawford is more than capable of become the Wildcats’ star and leader. Don’t forget that it was Shurna that became the Wildcats’ star and leader after Kevin Coble left. If Northwestern can have one or two big men step up, the Wildcats have what it takes to contend for an NCAA tournament berth with the guard play of Crawford, Reggie Hearn, Dave Sobolewski, and JerShon Cobb.

aroznowski on 4/15/2012 @ 6:55pm EST Said:

Brent, you have them ahead of Michigan State. There is no way that a Badgers team without Jordan Taylor is better than a Tom Izzo-coached Spartans team that has way more talent and better guard play than the Badgers.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 4/15/2012 @ 7:30pm EST Said:

    Ah, gotcha. I thought you were meaning I had them at the top of the conference. That’s how your comment read to me. As I’ve said, the Spartans are going to be good, no doubt about it. I think the Badgers will be, too, though. Now, if I had done this post knowing that Derrick Nix would be back — was operating under impression he wouldn’t — I’d have Spartans above Badgers. Either way, both teams will be good in 2012-13 and the Big Ten will be a crazy race between top six teams.

erik j on 7/15/2012 @ 4:08pm EST Said:

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

Crean of The Crop on 8/2/2012 @ 11:16am EST Said:

1. Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
2. Michigan State
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Wisconsin
6. Minnesota
7. Iowa
8. Purdue
9. Illinois
10. Northwestern
11. Penn State
12. Nebraska

Michael on 10/3/2012 @ 4:58pm EST Said:

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

John on 10/16/2012 @ 8:59pm EST Said:

I see an upset involving underrated Illinois and one of the top 4 rated teams in the Big 10. I don’t see them finishing above 8th place, however.

Adam Schenkel (@AdamESPN) on 10/17/2012 @ 6:14am EST Said:

Brent, did you happen to watch IU’s Christian Watford last 10 games last year and really after Verdell Jones went down with an injury? He took over. Especially in the tourney. Some have him as preseason All American, and he is not even in the HM Big Ten team? And for some odd reason, seniors always get the benefit over any underclassmen. Also, have to ask about Oladipo missing on the all-defense team, which he made last year.