BTN.com's preseason All-Big Ten teams, predictions

Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday, so it’s time for the BTN.com team to release their All-Big Ten Teams, predicted standings and predictions. See what Stephen Bardo, Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman, Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks have in store for the 2013-14 season.

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Stephen BardoSTEPHEN BARDO, BTN analyst

FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State.

SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan.

THIRD TEAM: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; Aaron White, Iowa; Noah Vonleh, Indiana; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Michigan; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Iowa; 6. Purdue; 7. Indiana; 8. Illinois; 9. Minnesota; 10. Penn State; 11. Nebraska; 12. Northwestern.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Harris, Michigan State

BOLD PREDICTION: Purdue will make the NCAA tournament.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Nnana Egwu, Illinois

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Tom DienhartTOM DIENHART, BTN.com senior writer

FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State.

SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin.

THIRD TEAM: Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; Aaron White, Iowa; Noah Vonleh, Indiana; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Michigan; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Indiana; 6. Iowa; 7. Purdue; 8. Illinois; 9. Minnesota; 10. Penn State; 11. Northwestern; 12. Nebraska.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Harris, Michigan State

BOLD PREDICTION: Iowa will make a run to the Sweet 16. The Hawkeyes are loaded with veteran talent like Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble. Iowa hasn’t made the Big Dance since 2006, and it hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since 1999. But it all will come together in Fran McCaffrey’s fourth season in Iowa City.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Ronnie Johnson, Purdue. Johnson will emerge as one of the Big Ten’s top point guards. The diminutive Johnson showed flashes last season as a true freshman, doing most of his damage as a penetrator. He will add a steady outside shot to become a true lead guard force.

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Sean MerrimanSEAN MERRIMAN, BTN.com web editor

FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State

SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Noah Vonleh, Indiana

THIRD TEAM: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Devyn Marble, Iowa; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Michigan; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Iowa; 6. Indiana; 7. Minnesota; 8. Purdue; 9. Illinois; 10. Northwestern; 11. Penn State; 12. Nebraska

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Harris, Michigan State

BOLD PREDICTION: Michigan State’s Adreian Payne will lead the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Troy Williams, Indiana

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Brent YarinaBRENT YARINA, BTN.com senior editor

FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State.

SECOND TEAM: Tim Frazier, Penn State; Devyn Marble, Iowa; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

THIRD TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; State; Aaron White, Iowa; Noah Vonleh, Indiana.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Michigan; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Iowa; 6. Indiana; 7. Purdue; 8. Illinois; 9. Penn State; 10. Nebraska; 11. Minnesota; 12. Northwestern.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

BOLD PREDICTION: Someone who didn’t play a Big Ten minute last season will lead the conference in scoring.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Sam Thompson, Ohio State. Blessed with incredible athleticism and springs for legs, it’s only a matter of time before Thompson develops a more polished all-around game. Right? He has to, and I think he’ll make significant strides toward doing that this year.

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mikegeeksMIKE PORTSCHELLER, Big Ten Geeks

FIRST TEAM: Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Adreian Payne, Michigan State.

SECOND TEAM: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Devyn Marble, Iowa; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Mitch McGary, Michigan; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

THIRD TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Aaron White, Iowa; Noah Vonleh, Indiana.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Michigan; 4. Iowa; 5. Indiana; 6. Wisconsin; 7. Purdue; 8. Minnesota; 9. Illinois; 10. Northwestern; 11. Penn State; 12. Nebraska.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Harris, Michigan State

BOLD PREDICTION: Ohio State will be the nation’s top defensive team.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. His playmaking from a frontcourt spot will push Michigan State’s offense to the next level.

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joshreedJOSH REED, Big Ten Geeks

FIRST TEAM: Gary Harris, Michigan State; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State.

SECOND TEAM: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Devyn Marble, Iowa; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Mitch McGary, Michigan; A.J. Hammons, Purdue.

THIRD TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Nik Stauskas, Michigan; Will Sheehey, Indiana; Jeremy Hollowell, Indiana; Aaron White, Iowa.

B1G STANDINGS: 1. Michigan State; 2. Michigan; 3. Wisconsin; 4. Iowa; 5. Ohio State; 6. Indiana; 7. Purdue; 8. Illinois; 9. Minnesota; 10. Northwestern; 11. Penn State; 12. Nebraska.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

BOLD PREDICTION: Last year’s Wisconsin team had the 8th-best offense and best defense in the Big Ten. Those will be flipped this season.

BREAKOUT PLAYER: Jeremy Hollowell, Indiana. Players that shoot that many 3s as freshmen tend to improve a lot, and he’s also a strong offensive rebounder.

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Michael Teale on 10/30/2013 @ 10:53am EST Said:

Gee, thanks for pretty much snubbing Iowa by not giving any of their players first team. You guys are a class act……………NOT! You should be ashamed of yourselves. Did you all forget that Iowa made it to the NIT Finals last year? Apparently you did.

Dave Young on 10/30/2013 @ 12:49pm EST Said:

Some of you BTN Geeks have Aaron Craft on 1st team ,some on 2nd team and one on 3rd team. What are you thinking man!!!!

Matt on 10/30/2013 @ 1:14pm EST Said:

NIT finals…really, wow stepping big time there. Lets put all the NIT guys in and forget about the Final Four or even the Sweet 16 guys!!

Pist Oph on 10/30/2013 @ 1:37pm EST Said:

Waaaah, Michael. I think these guys have been doing this a LOT longer than you have, Cry me a river, build me a bridge, and GET OVER IT.

Joshua on 10/30/2013 @ 1:38pm EST Said:

did you forget that the NIT is irrelevant? apparently you did.

Winderspartan on 10/30/2013 @ 1:40pm EST Said:

Read your note. What” your point?

Craig on 10/30/2013 @ 1:45pm EST Said:

Are you serious? I don’t think any snubbing was being done here. Looks pretty legit to me. What does making the NIT finals last year have to do with this year? Look, I like Iowa and have nothing against them but their are a lot of good teams above them in the Big Ten this year. Preseason first team means nothing, it is what happens at the end of the year that matters.

Dan Johnson on 10/30/2013 @ 1:58pm EST Said:

Wow, after what the Huskers did last year, and they are going to be much better this year, yet you still give them mostly last place? I predict they will finish middle of the pack and will make the NCAA this year. And breakout player? hmm there’s a certain guy from Australia and a guy named Shields on the Huskers team gonna make you all eat your “prediction”s words.!!

Matt Anderson on 10/30/2013 @ 2:06pm EST Said:

Wisconsin never finishes worse than 4th under Ryan, never. Somebody needs to get Mr. Portscheller that memo.

JW on 10/30/2013 @ 2:20pm EST Said:

The Hawkeyes strength is going to be in their roster depth, going 10-11 deep with significant playing experience, so barring injury, the starters won’t be logging as many minutes as other teams starters will during the regular season and probably not putting up as big of stats, so the predictions are probably pretty accurate. However, I would still take team success over individual accolades. It’s been a long time since we’ve been dancing, so get it done even if we have nothing but honorable mentions! Go Hawks!

Boo Little on 10/30/2013 @ 2:20pm EST Said:

Josh Reed leaving Aaron Craft off the 1st, 2nd, OR 3rd teams is just ridiculous……but like Criag said…..it doesnt matter in pre-season, only matters at the end!! GO BUCKS!!!

Boo Little on 10/30/2013 @ 2:25pm EST Said:

LOL!!! Dan Dan Dan…Nebraska will get swept by Michigan, Michigan St., Ohio St., Wisconsin, Iowa, and maybe even Purdue and Indiana. Right there (if they play all those teams this year) is at least 10 losses in the Big 10, and counting. I’m sorry, but Nebraska and Northwestern will be bringing up the rear of the Big 10 standings again this year. Nothing wrong with being a fan, but be realisitic!

    Dan Johnson on 10/30/2013 @ 5:18pm EST Said:

    HAHA Boo- I think you must be partly like your name “little mind”? :) Some of the teams you mentioned the Huskers will lose to, the Huskers either did beat last year or came very close and they will have a much better team this year- But time will tell- we shall see who wins what;)) And I’m always realistic

thrillhouz on 10/31/2013 @ 1:47pm EST Said:

Nebby will not make the dance this year but they will not finish last in the BIG as well, having said that I think a 9th place finish is this teams ceiling.

John Murphy on 11/8/2013 @ 4:34pm EST Said:

Here is my bold prediction. My Hoosiers will be the most improved team from the start of the season to the end and will make a 3rd consecutive sweet 16 from a 6 seed.

james blas on 12/28/2013 @ 10:10am EST Said:

OSU 5th he is an ass

akble on 2/8/2014 @ 7:54pm EST Said:

Pretty interesting to re-visit these predictions at just past half way point in conference- Obviously the “experts” show they are human and a number of posters show they are blinded loyal fans – 7-8 more Conference games left and a Tourney before we can make final judgements- would be nice if the BTN experts would revisit this also and comment on some of their predictions

Fake Shavon Shields on 3/3/2014 @ 9:12pm EST Said:

Boo Little, do you wanna delete your comment? Lookin’ back, only Dan came close, and two more wins by us and we’re in.

Abaxa5 on 9/12/2014 @ 3:42am EST Said:

I think we all can agree on that Nebraska surprised everyone this year, especially Boo Little. Credit to Brent Yarina on his bold prediction (which was very bold) on guessing a player who didn’t play a minute in the Big Ten will lead the conference in scoring. That ended up being Terran Petteway from Nebraska who sat out all last season due to transfer rules. He must have known something about Petteway (or possibly another player he was high on) that others didn’t.